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Sign Wars: Cluttered Landscape of Advertising, the (Critical Perspectives)

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Book News Annotation:

A "year in the life" chronicle of Los Angeles District Attorney Larry Longo follows the D.A. through the justice system and into a headline murder case. Taylor (a former Los Angeles District Attorney) documents the deals, pressures, and frustrations of handling cases that are as notorious as the OJ Simpson trial, but never make it to CNN. The volume supplies a real charge for readers who are strung out since the Simpson trial conclusion, or for those interested in seeing a "slice of life" from an attorney's point of view. Lacks an index or bibliography.
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Synopsis:

Television has become so saturated with commercials that it is difficult at times to tell the different images apart, much less remember or care about them. But, on closer look, television commercials can tell us a great deal about the interplay of market forces, contemporary culture, and corporate politics. This book views contemporary ad culture as an ever-accelerating war of meaning. The authors show how corporate symbols or signs vie for attention-span and market share by appropriating and quickly abandoning diverse elements of culture to differentiate products that may be in themselves virtually indistinguishable. The resulting "sign wars" are both a cause and a consequence of a media culture that is cynical and jaded, but striving for authenticity.

Including more than 100 illustrations and numerous examples from recent campaigns, this book provides a critical review of the culture of advertising.  It exposes the contradictions that stem from turning culture into a commodity, and illuminates the impact of television commercials on the way we see and understand the world around us.

 

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-309) and index.

About the Author

Robert L. Goldman, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR.

Stephen Papson, Ph.D, is Professor of Sociology at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.

Table of Contents

Introduction:

Sign Value, Appropriation, and Cultural Crisis

1. Sign Wars

2. Advertising in the Age of Hypersignification

3. Yo! Hailing the Alienated Spectator

4. The Flip Side of Jadedness: Memory and a Sense of Place

5. Authenticity in the Age of the Poseur

6. Green Marketing and the Commodity Self

7. The Corporate Politics of Sign Values

Conclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9781572300347
Author:
Goldman, Robert L.
Author:
Papson, Stephen
Author:
Goldman, Robert L.
Publisher:
Guilford Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Advertising & Promotion
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Advertising
Subject:
Cynicism
Subject:
Advertising -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Business-Advertising
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Critical Perspectives Guilford
Series Volume:
no. 1 (MS-1)
Publication Date:
19960531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
323
Dimensions:
9.25 x 7.5 in

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Television has become so saturated with commercials that it is difficult at times to tell the different images apart, much less remember or care about them. But, on closer look, television commercials can tell us a great deal about the interplay of market forces, contemporary culture, and corporate politics. This book views contemporary ad culture as an ever-accelerating war of meaning. The authors show how corporate symbols or signs vie for attention-span and market share by appropriating and quickly abandoning diverse elements of culture to differentiate products that may be in themselves virtually indistinguishable. The resulting "sign wars" are both a cause and a consequence of a media culture that is cynical and jaded, but striving for authenticity.

Including more than 100 illustrations and numerous examples from recent campaigns, this book provides a critical review of the culture of advertising.  It exposes the contradictions that stem from turning culture into a commodity, and illuminates the impact of television commercials on the way we see and understand the world around us.

 

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