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A complete mess
on April 22, 2010
The previous reviewer ("book maven") is correct. This textbook is a virtual trainwreck- poorly written/edited (see how they misspell "Brainfog" on page 375 ), disorganized and repetitive. Each chapter rehashes the same concepts - only the buzzwords, choices of filler and the smug insights from a series of talking heads change.
Most notable, however, is the lingering sense that the authors might be a bit lost on how their subject matter relates to the real world. This is rather important for the advertisers, clients and customers that live there. They appear so clueless when they attempt to address "new" media (like the internet), that it's downright comical. It's not 1998 anymore. It's time to either provide some realistic insights, or step aside and drop this volume onto the history shelf.
Any (good) advertising resource should tell you that bewildering the customer is not a sound marketing practice. Charging them $139 (and that's the Amazon price, the list is $195) for the experience is downright unethical.