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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
There is also a good history of the father of propaganda - Edward Bernay.
When he said, "I'd like to get that book," I was happily astounded in his interest and purchased him a copy as soon as I could.
While "Toxic Sludge is Good for You" by the same authors was a fine book, this is somewhat of an evolution.
I think in their attempts to look "objective" the authors weren't as "hard-hitting" as I had hoped they would be.Published 18 months ago by Eric P. Patty
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