By Kalle Lasn
America isn't any longer a rustic yet a multimillion-dollar model, says Kalle Lasn and his fellow "culture jammers". The founding father of Adbusters journal, Lasn goals to prevent the branding of the United States by means of altering the way in which info flows; the way in which associations wield energy; the best way tv stations are run; and how the meals, model, car, activities, tune, and tradition industries set agendas. With a brave and compelling voice, Lasn deconstructs the advertisements tradition and our fixation on icons and model names. And he indicates easy methods to arrange resistance opposed to the facility belief that manages the manufacturers by means of "uncooling" purchaser goods, via "dermarketing" models and celebrities, and via breaking the "media trance" of our TV-addicted age.
A strong manifesto by means of a number one media activist, Culture Jam lays the rules for the main major social move of the early twenty-first century -- a stream which can swap the realm and how we predict and live.
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