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That revolution stumbled and fell, however, and Lasn views contemporary existence as one in which people have almost entirely succumbed to the cultural mandates of consumer capitalism, turning to corporations for guidance about how to look and what to desire. He offers several tips on how you can "demarket your life," including talking back to telemarketers and intensified boycotts (want to strike a blow against tobacco giant Philip Morris? Stop buying Maxwell House coffees, Kraft dairy products, Post cereals, and Miller beer). Lasn also pushes for the return of corporations to a subordinate role in people's lives, citing the 1886 U.S. Supreme Court decision that rendered corporations "natural persons" in the eyes of the law as a horrendous miscarriage of justice that must be overturned. (One of his biggest targets is media conglomerates who are able to disseminate their ideology throughout the information spectrum; in an ironic twist of fate, perhaps, the publisher of Culture Jam became a division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation scant months before the book's release.)
Culture Jam is an extreme book--among its declarations: "consumer capitalism is by its very nature unethical"--and Lasn's reasoning is not without flaws. One of the weak links in his argument is his insistence that, because none of the major television networks will allow him to purchase airtime for his "subverts," there is "no democracy on the airwaves" and his freedom of speech is being denied. The First Amendment says only that "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech"; it says nothing about what he deems the "right to communicate ... through any media." On the other hand, he also raises a more plausible line of attack--since it's the government that grants broadcasters access to the airwaves, citizens should press for more say in how broadcast licenses are distributed. But whatever the book's excesses, Lasn is driven by a righteous anger--and Culture Jam may likely convince you, too, that the models of material success presented to us are not only inadequate to true happiness, they must be overturned. --Ron Hogan
Needed the required book for a college class . It arrived in a timely manner.Published 6 months ago by K. saavedra
A very interesting book. speaks of very important issues affecting our culture today.Published 15 months ago by Kerry
Insightful? Yes. However, Lasn fails to really go in-depth into the problems of climate change, consumerism, etc. Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by William L. Do
Kalle Lasn, Culture Jam: The Uncooling of America (Morrow, 1999)
I was relatively sure I was going to hate Culture Jam. Read more
Kalle Lasn's Culture Jam is a harsh and unforgiving reality check on the progression of American commercialism and, as a consequence, the decline of culture and community in the... Read morePublished on December 16, 2004 by Nicole L. Tierney
As a founder of the Adbusters organization and prominent activist himself, Kalle Lasn examines modern American society, media, and corporations and just how intertwined they all... Read morePublished on October 5, 2004 by Wendy
I found Culture Jam a good reference to the culture shock many Americans go through each day. The main argument refers to our lives as consumer and therefore media driven. Read morePublished on February 11, 2003 by Brenda Damrow
Lasn begins the book Culture Jam: The Uncooling of America with several chapters devoted to the problems of American culture. We watch too much television. Read morePublished on February 9, 2003
Okay, so Kalle Lasn is a bit over the edge sometimes. But honestly people, would you rather have someone who was a bit idealistic & had not only a strong vision but their... Read morePublished on December 20, 2000 by Kelsey