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Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel by Jean Kilbourne
Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel

unwontedargot, July 14, 2010

This is a fantastic analysis of the not-so-subtle ways that advertising attempts to prey on our desire for acceptance, intimacy, and understanding in our relationships by substituting products for people. I picked this up thinking it might help in a paper I was writing, found it didn't relate, but couldn't put it down. The more I read the more I recognized in myself and in my friends and acquaintances. This, like Carol J. Adams' "The Pornography of Meat" may take some hypotheses too far, but overall digs in all the right places, and raises really important questions for anybody who has been raised in the last 50 years. The effects of these advertising tactics are horrifying and evident. Read this and arm yourself, and any young woman you know.
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