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Rampton and Stauber introduce the movers and shakers of the PR industry, from the "risk communicators" (whose job is to downplay all risks) and "outrage managers" (with their four strategies--deflect, defer, dismiss, or defeat) to those who specialize in "public policy intelligence" (spying on opponents). Evidently, these elaborate PR campaigns are created for our own good. According to public relations philosophers, the public reacts emotionally to topics related to health and safety and is incapable of holding rational discourse. Needless to say, Rampton and Stauber find these views rather antidemocratic and intend to pull back the curtain to reveal the real wizard in Oz. This is one wake-up call that's hard to resist. --Lesley Reed
Because of the whimsical cover I expected a whimsical book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book is extensively researched and has a far-reaching analysis of the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Avô
I think in their attempts to look "objective" the authors weren't as "hard-hitting" as I had hoped they would be.Published on March 8, 2013 by Eric P. Patty
"Trust Us, Were Experts" is one in that pair of intrepid reporters (John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton) remarkable series of books on the Public Relations industry and the... Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by S Wood
"Trust us, we're impartial!" would have been a more descriptive title for this book.
The authors document in meticulous detail how Public Relations Firms hired by... Read more
Regardless of your politics I recommend that everyone reads this book, and I hope the authors continue to write more of this kind of book. Read morePublished on July 31, 2010 by Antonio
This book applies critical thinking in a world that has been indoctrinated by industry and "experts"for hire. Read morePublished on April 19, 2010 by Robert P. Gehrmann
Robert Proctor understood the situation perfectly well when he stated : "Science has a face, a house, and a price; it is important to ask who is doing science, in what... Read morePublished on February 13, 2009 by Guy Denutte