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Your call is important to us : the truth about bullshit

Author: Laura Penny
Publisher: New York : Crown, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This book is a manifesto for anyone who's sick and tired of the twenty-first century's tidal wave of crapulence. Dating the renaissance of bullshit to wartime propaganda, Penny skewers the "corporate bafflegab," scripted, question-proof political events, toxic faux foodstuffs, and miracle pills that clutter our lives. She spares no one and nothing: not Wal-Mart, not Bush's White House, and not the vast  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Penny, Laura, 1975-
Your call is important to us.
New York : Crown, c2005
(OCoLC)681502820
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Penny
ISBN: 1400081033 9781400081035
OCLC Number: 58563184
Description: x, 242 p. ; 20 cm.
Contents: You're soaking in it --
Painting the lawn green: public relations and advertising --
If you've got the money, honey: a fond look at the boom and subsequent bust --
World Co., Inc.: artificial people power --
Don't worry about the government: or we don't need no stinkin' rules --
Pillzapoppin'! The rise of big pharma --
The best policy: in which your humble correspondent confesses to being totally baffled by the insurance industry --
Malls, sprawls, and telephone calls: why the signs are the same and the service tends to suck --
Sleaze bites and fluff crawls: or can we dumb this down for the kids? --
Thikn of the children! Or life during wartime.
Responsibility: Laura Penny.
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This book is a manifesto for anyone who's sick and tired of the twenty-first century's tidal wave of crapulence. Dating the renaissance of bullshit to wartime propaganda, Penny skewers the "corporate bafflegab," scripted, question-proof political events, toxic faux foodstuffs, and miracle pills that clutter our lives. She spares no one and nothing: not Wal-Mart, not Bush's White House, and not the vast pharmaceutical industry. Penny reveals that prisons are the hot new thing in call centers (the federal prison industry bills itself as "the best-kept secret in outsourcing") and that the Public Relations Society of America has a Code of Ethics Pledge. Finally, she demonstrates how our "all-you-can-eat buffet of phoniness" not only alienates us from each other but degrades public discourse, breeds apathy, and makes us just plain stupid.--From publisher description.

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