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Cute, quaint, hungry, and romantic : the aesthetics of consumerism

Author: Daniel Harris
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2000.
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"In this encyclopedia of low-brow aesthetics, Daniel Harris concentrates on the contagious appeal of that which is not art, on the uses of the useless, the politics of product design and advertising. We learn how advertisers exaggerate our sensual responses to eating, how nature photography magnifies the closeness of the natural world and how the mutated physiology of dolls invites our pity and affection. Harris  Read more...
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Harris, Daniel, 1957-
Cute, quaint, hungry, and romantic.
New York : Basic Books, ©2000
(OCoLC)624539274
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Harris
ISBN: 0465028489 9780465028481
OCLC Number: 43656945
Description: xxiii, 270 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Cuteness 1 --
Quaintness 23 --
Coolness 51 --
Romantic 79 --
Zaniness 107 --
Futuristic 127 --
Deliciousness 153 --
Natural 179 --
Glamorousness 209 --
Cleanness 233.
Responsibility: by Daniel Harris.

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"In this encyclopedia of low-brow aesthetics, Daniel Harris concentrates on the contagious appeal of that which is not art, on the uses of the useless, the politics of product design and advertising. We learn how advertisers exaggerate our sensual responses to eating, how nature photography magnifies the closeness of the natural world and how the mutated physiology of dolls invites our pity and affection. Harris places the refuse of consumerism under a microscope, capturing the essence of the marketplace on the level on which we actually experience it, on the visceral level of our senses - at the very instant when our neurons begin to fire as Leonardo DiCaprio kisses Kate Winslet or the moment in which the Mars Bar hypnotically breaks in slow motion, its creamy caramel center stretching into translucent filaments."--BOOK JACKET.

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