“The second American Revolution is under way and Kalle Lasn is one of its Tom .. Think of Culture Jam: The Uncooling of America™ as a rebranding strategy. Summary. According to Kalle Lasn, publisher of Adbusters magazine, culture jamming will become to our era what civil rights was to the ’60s, what feminism was. 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 .

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Mass media and the environment. In that world of unreality, it’s easy to forget you’re a citizen and that the actual world is an interactive place. Cuture are based on reference standards.

We also launched the media activist networking magazine Adbusters, and, a little later, the Culture Jammer’s Campaign Headquarters on the World Wide Web www. You park your BMW out- side the double garage. Their cumulative effect is to erode our unncooling to empathize, to take social issues seriously, to be moved by atrocity.

They set themselves apart in the only way cult members can: As we travel deeper into corporate-driven cyberspace, similar haunting figures loom on our own horizon.

A Coke here, a Snickers bar there. Relatively speaking, this is all very new — too new for its effect on the species to be fully known. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Network executives get very nervous about comedies without the sign- posting of a computer-generated laugh track, which is why such shows are rare. Michael Jordan goes up on your bedroom door.

Culture jam : the uncooling of America

Experts can’t even seem to agree on whether violence on TV is increasing. TV sexuality is a campaign of disinformation, much like TV news. Hype Advertisements are the most prevalent and toxic of the mental pollu- tants. I was plugging a coin into a shopping cart when it suddenly Introduction xv occurred to me just what a dope I was. Toys familiar from Sat- urday morning television.

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No one feels any sense of purpose. They inure us to the suffering or joy of other people. Fund a low-level cam- paign to suggest that any threat to the car is an attack on personal free- doms.

The family car can’t get onto the turnpike for gridlock. We’re bombarded these days with analyses of failed relation- ships, of the psychological havoc that breakups wreak. This detachment from nature may not seem like much of a prob- lem, but it is.

The city says the trace metals are within acceptable lim- its, but sales of bottled water rise as people play it safe. And despite everything we’ve learned about that era since, people really were fairly happy. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, I hope it serves as what the Situationists called a detournement — a perspective-jarring turnabout in your every- day life.

Summaries and Excerpts: Culture jam : the uncooling of America / Kalle Lasn.

No one seems to be forcing us to do anything we don’t want to do. We mobilized in retaliation. The television stayed on all day and the kids logged astonishing hours in front of it. A lot of people, pressed to articulate why they’re so sad, admit they’re not sad for Di so much as they’re sad for the idea of being genuinely sad for someone like her — in the way that teenagers will sometimes admit to being in love with being in love.

The oppression of that era was rightly decried. Worldwide rates of major depression in every age group have risen steadily since the s. When it wells up suddenly from deep in your gut, don’t suppress it- — channel it, trust it, use it. The other day as I sat staring at my toaster, waiting for a bagel to pop up, I suddenly felt as if I was about to receive a jolt. A TV or radio station “pollutes” the cultural envi- ronment because that’s the most efficient way to produce audiences.


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I was a kid in Lubeck, Germany, when the GIs marched in. Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Nothing can be sustained — not his interest in his job or his colleagues, not even his marriage: Can we launch another revolution? Inwhen Jerry Mander first defined “technical events” in his classic book Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, regular TV programming averaged ten technical events per minute and com- mercials twenty public television averaged three to four.

Finding libraries that hold this item Is this a coincidence? It was not designed to keep us glued to our TV sets. Do I really like diamonds? No one knows for sure. It’s August 31, That ideology is now so entrenched within media circles as to have become an unspoken operational code.

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To the dozens of entertainment marketing agencies in the U. Our mass media dispense a kind of Huxleyan “soma. It occurred to us to condense some of our most incisive efforts into thirty- and sixty-second TV spots and air them as paid “uncommercial” messages. You suddenly realize you’re chuckling too. Mass media — Influence. That year, British Columbia’s logging industry, its image rapidly tarnishing, launched a multimillion-dollar PR campaign.