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Culture, Inc.: The Corporate Takeover of Public Expression Paperback – May 23, 1991


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (May 23, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195067835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195067835
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Excellent work! Great teaching tool!"--Terrence M. Bresnahan, John F. Kennedy University

"As brilliant as usual. . . . addresses important theoretical concerns on the issue of culture and market."--Chakarin Komolsiri, SUNY at Binghamton

"Raises some very provocative points on American political culture and its origins."--Jack Corbett, Lewis and Clark College

"Excellent book--good analysis of an increasingly important area of social and cultural life."--Jeff Ferrell, Regis College

"In this important study, Herbert Schiller focuses his attention on topics of major significance that are far too easily ignored. He develops a powerful, cogent, and persuasive case that concentrated power over the private economy is increasingly translated into domination over every crucial aspect of social and cultural life, depriving democratic forms of substantive meaning. These are crucial features of the modern world that we ignore at our peril."--Noam Chomsky

"Schiller's account of the privatization of culture is an essential antidote to the prevalent notion of the 'free marketplace of ideas.' His powerful arguments challenge conventional thinking and pose basic issues long missing from the scholarly and political agenda."--George Gerbner, University of Pennsylvania

"The book itself admirably fulfills the promise of its name. It does have a whole slew of fine quotations, all carefully documented, which catch the clever right-wing culture designers with their intellectual pants down....Schiller thus clearly grasps the subtle yet pervasive connections between anti-radicalism and the establishment of a consumerist culture in this country....His analysis is as penetrating and hard-hitting as the documentation he presents....Schiller's book is invaluable for its careful documentation, and its vigorous analysis of how monopoly capitalism has cemented its control of the United States, and now much of the rest of the world too."--People's Culture

"Thought-provoking....A penetrating and timely defense of democratic expression and free access to information."--Stuart Ewen, Hunter College, City University of New York

"Brilliant book. I use it in every class I teach."--Anthony Arnove, Brown University

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About the Author:
Herbert I. Schiller is Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of a number of books including Information and the Crisis Economy, Who Knows: Information in the Age of the Fortune 500, Communications and Cultural Domination, The Mind Managers, and a co-author of Hope and Folly: The United States and UNESCO, 1945-1985.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "deltronfan" on April 21, 2000
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oustanding and concise account of how america and amercian corporations are peeling away freedom and free expression creating "an illusion of freedom". i re-read parts of this book on a weekly basis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe E. Sanchez on March 11, 2013
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The more I read this book the more frustrated I became. In a very concise and logical manner Schiller illustrates the result of corporate America's search for the biggest profit margin.

While it's true that this book was written quite a few years ago it's information is relevant today because nothing...has...changed.

Read this book. Get MAD and then start making a POSITIVE difference in your neighborhood and town.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee Dee Halleck on June 25, 2009
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This is an important warning about the corporatization of culture. More and more true as the days go on.
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