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Return to Book Page. Preview — Culture Jam by Kalle Lasn. America is no longer a country but a multimillion-dollar brand, says Kalle Lasn and his fellow "culture jammers".

The founder of Adbusters magazine, Lasn aims to stop the branding of America by changing the way information flows; the way institutions wield power; the way television stations are run; and the way the food, fashion, automobile, sports, music, and culture indu America is no longer a country but a multimillion-dollar brand, says Kalle Lasn and his fellow "culture jammers". The founder of Adbusters magazine, Lasn aims to stop the branding of America by changing the way information flows; the way institutions wield power; the way television stations are run; and the way the food, fashion, automobile, sports, music, and culture industries set agendas.

With a courageous and compelling voice, Lasn deconstructs the advertising culture and our fixation on icons and brand names. And he shows how to organize resistance against the power trust that manages the brands by "uncooling" consumer items, by "dermarketing" fashions and celebrities, and by breaking the "media trance" of our TV-addicted age.

A powerful manifesto by a leading media activist, Culture Jam lays the foundations for the most significant social movement of the early twenty-first century -- a movement that can change the world and the way we think and live. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 7th by William Morrow Paperbacks first published More Details Original Title.

Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Culture Jam , please sign up. Is this like all the anti-consumer essays and groupings that appeared in the 70s and 80s If only the consumer would stop consuming junk items they would stop making them?

Who would stop making them? See 1 question about Culture Jam…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details.

More filters. Sort order. Mar 14, Colin rated it did not like it Shelves: nonfiction , jalc-era. Naive, self-indulgent, and hypocritical. The author makes a couple anemic attempts at a cogent analysis of consumerism before giving up and lapsing into a loose recital of silly and self-congratulatory schemes. After reading Mediated and Nation of Rebels , both of which offer startling insights, this book is only memorable for being aggravating. May 29, Lesha F. This book changed me. The bad reviews surprised me at first, but then, on second thought, not so much.

I read this book when I was 19 or 20, I think. Now, at 26, I think I'd like to re-read it to see if it still excites me so much.

Who knows? Regardless, I'll keep my 5-star rating because it really enabled me to change my perspective. Generally speaking, American media is more problematic than it seems, and less entertaining than it seems.

I'm less militant now than I was when I was I don't fe This book changed me. I don't feel guilty about an hour of hospital drama once a week with commercials but I am also able to step back and think a little when I start drooling over an IKEA catalogue.

Also, fortunately or unfortunately, I think the solution to the "suicidal consumer binge" is simpler than writing legislators, protesting corporations, and signing petitions. Consumerism is inversely proportional to the price of oil--so there you go. I especially appreciate being introduced to the french situationists in this book. View 1 comment. Apr 04, Mario the lone bookwolf rated it really liked it Shelves: 0-social-progress , 0-environmentalism , 0-civil-disobedience.

One of the innovators of the path of peaceful, passive resistance Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review. Just if you might be interested. The book certainly had an indirect influence on peaceful protest movements. It can be seen as part of laying the cornerstone of a new, emancipated civic movement. After showing the system's bugs, Lasse offers an exit. In the form of emancipation from the dictates of brands, media, and consumption.

Already then, there were many One of the innovators of the path of peaceful, passive resistance Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review.

Already then, there were many good ideas. People developed and develop new protest options with Adbusters, broadcast signal intrusion, flash mobs, clown armies, tactical media, communication guerrillas, passive resistance, media pranks, subvertising, art interventions, Occupy movements, pirate parties, hacktivism, anti enterprising, tactical frivolity, strikes, graffiti, meme hack, street art, billboard hacking, etc.

What new can be done with social media and techniques still to invent is hard to guess. One option would be to react immediately to the new advertising messages of the corporations.

No sooner has it been published than a cynical and biting persiflage is massively promoted in all social media. No company can be sure anymore not to fear a Shitstorm and the detection of new grievances with every advertising.

The only option would be to change the corporate principles sustainably. In a way that there is no longer any evidence to show the bigotry. Yarn bombing is harmless, but the punishments are not. Anyone who quietly protests with colorful fabric figures can expect problems. Evaluating graffiti on public goods, changing posters, passive resistance in open space, etc. Also, whom it protects.

Business criminals, sex offenders, and dangerous criminals may face lower penalties than activists who are portrayed as hazardous usurpers, tormentors, and delinquents.

Instead, the attention attracted by such actions should be the reason for the draconian approach. It will be interesting to see whether the alienation and use of advertising messages on the Internet will sooner or later also become a criminal offense. So that logo and trademarks can no longer be used for biting satire.

Maybe under a similar guise as with conservationists and globalization critics. Because corporations and their distribution network are essential infrastructures for maintaining order, criticizing them is being criminalized.

Too polemical? Peaceful, civil protest is more and restricted, under terror suspect, legally more difficult and silenced or denounced in the leading media. It would be only a logical and consistent continuation to do the same on the internet and in social media. Still the forums are just censored. However, who does not say that operators can be required by law to pass data of critical users to the protection of the constitution to the state?

Alternatively, whoever claims that certain people's representatives and their behavior are stupid or detrimental, comes on the watchlist. Humor and satire have always been efficient and dreaded instruments. That is why many ossified, institutionalized organizations laugh at superficial jokes and others. At the core of the amusement is the mentioned malady, which the person concerned but not noticeable. They are unable to reflect because of the one-dimensionality of their thinking because they do not allow other opinions and views.

They tend to an aggressive overreaction when the grave mistakes of their worldview are ridiculed to show logic errors.

The state apparatus behaves like a spoiled, defiant child or an immature adult. The procedures can create a new awareness of the bigotry of established players.

If every new message is questioned critically, nothing is believed, and everything is ridiculed, the right path is taken. The authority over any dictates of fashion, politics or economics must fall. Moreover, it is essential to expose them in their lies, to modify them and to throw them back to them.

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Culture Jam by Kalle Lasn

America is no longer a country but a multimillion-dollar brand, says Kalle Lasn and his fellow "culture jammers". The founder of Adbusters magazine, Lasn aims to stop the branding of America by changing the way information flows; the way institutions wield power; the way television stations are run; and the way the food, fashion, automobile, sports, music, and culture industries set agendas. With a courageous and compelling voice, Lasn deconstructs the advertising culture and our fixation on icons and brand names. And he shows how to organize resistance against the power trust that manages the brands by "uncooling" consumer items, by "dermarketing" fashions and celebrities, and by breaking the "media trance" of our TV-addicted age. A powerful manifesto by a leading media activist, Culture Jam lays the foundations for the most significant social movement of the early twenty-first century -- a movement that can change the world and the way we think and live. An all right description of the process of culture jamming, but the author goes a bit too far in disdaining culture, refusing to give any merit to those things that might be worthwhile in western culture. An eloquent manifesto of anti-commercialism worthy of predecessors like Thoreau and Huxley.

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Culture Jam: How To Reverse America's Suicidal Consumer Binge - And Why We Must

Growing numbers of observers contend that the dominant public role of our time has shifted from citizen to consumer. Indeed, respondents in polls typically cite entertainment, shopping, and other consumer activities as their top free time preferences. Commercial media and public entertainment venues offer environments carefully constructed to avoid politics and real world problems that might disturb these consumer impulses. As people in global societies increasingly enjoy the freedoms of private life, it becomes increasingly difficult to communicate about many broad public concerns. The personalized society enables people to choose individual lifestyles and identities that often lead to disconnection from politics. Many citizens become receptive only to consumer-oriented messages about tax cuts, retirement benefits, or other policies targeted at particular demographic social groups. Culture jamming is an intriguing form of political communication that has emerged in response to the commercial isolation of public life.

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