Book Reviews of Adcult USA : The Triumph of Advertising in American Culture

Adcult USA : The Triumph of Advertising in American Culture
Adcult USA The Triumph of Advertising in American Culture
Author: James B. Twitchell
ISBN-13: 9780231103244
ISBN-10: 0231103247
Publication Date: 11/1995
Pages: 279
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Publisher: Columbia University Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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Rick Dagwan's teaching opened my eyes and made me realize how a mass medium such as movies or television can be used to manipulate the beliefs, desires, and feelings of a great many people â" often to the point where an expert at media manipulation can become rich, or powerful, or both. (Is it just a coincidence that we end up electing the politicians who run the best TV commercials?) Advertising is one of the most insidious tools of the Conspiracy, in that it is so omnipresent it that many of us don't even realize just how much of an effect it has on us. This is where books like Adcult USA come in. This book is a searing jolt of truth that wakes ups up and shows us just how much of our culture is shaped through advertising (the entire Christmas holiday season, for starters), while at the same time reminding us that we like to be advertised to. Because we've been bombarded with advertising for our entire lives, we've become used to it and this makes us receptive to short messages that insinuate themselves into our culture. Adcult USA can be seen as a wake-up call or just a hell of an entertaining read, but it's likely to make you think twice when you watch TV or read.