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Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity

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"[Moore] conducts Unmarketable as an intelligent, funny, and frequently dispiriting study of the ways in which the mainstream has repeatedly pillaged the underground, repacking what they find before setting it afloat in the sea of mass consumption. The book is a clever roadmap of the techniques most habitually applied: brandalism ('vandalism that is committed as an advertising campaign'), graffadi ('graffiti that is advertising'), copyfighting ('activist projects that take on copyright and intellectual property issues'), and mocketing ('product placement that is integrated into parody-based entertainment media content')." Iris Blasi, Bitch Magazine (read the entire Bitch Magazine review)

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Publisher Comments:

A writer and activist investigates corporate America's inroads into — and alliances with — the cultural underground.

"There's an industry around you that works, whether you agree with it or not." — Alec Bourgeois, Dischord Records label manager

For years the do-it-yourself (DIY)/punk underground has worked against the logic of mass production and creative uniformity, disseminating radical ideas and directly making and trading goods and services. But what happens when the underground becomes just another market? What happens when the very tools that the artists and activists have used to build word of mouth are coopted by corporate America? What happens to cultural resistance when it becomes just another marketing platform?

Unmarketable examines the corrosive effects of corporate infiltration of the underground. Activist and author Anne Elizabeth Moore takes a critical look at the savvy advertising agencies, corporate marketing teams, and branding experts who use DIY techniques to reach a youth market — and at members of the underground who have helped forward corporate agendas through their own artistic, and occasionally activist, projects.

Covering everything from Adbusters to Tylenol's indie-star-studded Ouch! campaign, Unmarketable is a lively, funny, and much-needed look at what's happening to the underground and what it means for activism, commerce, and integrity in a world dominated by corporations.

Review:

"Real-life examples pack a punch, as do her irreverent and occasionally salty language. Engaging to read, yet don't lose sight of her plea for integrity. Worth noting." Booklist

Review:

"[A] work of honesty and, yes, integrity." Kirkus Reviews

Book News Annotation:

With the corporate discovery of punk rock and other DIY (do it yourself) cultural scenes, Moore (a former editor of Punk Planet magazine) worries that corporate marketers will co-opt the integrity of these sites of resistance through such tactics as "brandalism" (vandalism committed as an advertising campaign), "grafadi" (graffiti that is advertising), or "mocketing" (product placement integrated into parody-based media content). She reviews these and other tactics used by corporations to try to appropriate the DIY aesthetic and also describes the activist projects that take on copyright and intellectual property issues ("copyfighting") and other forms of resistance to marketing cooptation. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Activist and author Moore takes a critical look at the savvy advertising agencies, corporate marketing teams, and branding experts and the techniques they use to reach a youth market.

About the Author

Anne Elizabeth Moore is the co-editor of Punk Planet, The Best American Comics series editor, and the author of Hey Kidz! Buy This Book: A Radical Primer on Corporate and Governmental Propaganda and Artistic Activism for Short People. She has written for Bitch, the Chicago Reader, In These Times, The Onion, The Progressive, and Chicago Public Radio WBEZ's radio program 848. She lives in Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781595581686
Author:
Moore, Anne Elizabeth
Publisher:
New Press
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Brand name products
Subject:
Green marketing
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
262
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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Product details 262 pages New Press - English 9781595581686 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "[Moore] conducts Unmarketable as an intelligent, funny, and frequently dispiriting study of the ways in which the mainstream has repeatedly pillaged the underground, repacking what they find before setting it afloat in the sea of mass consumption. The book is a clever roadmap of the techniques most habitually applied: brandalism ('vandalism that is committed as an advertising campaign'), graffadi ('graffiti that is advertising'), copyfighting ('activist projects that take on copyright and intellectual property issues'), and mocketing ('product placement that is integrated into parody-based entertainment media content')." (read the entire Bitch Magazine review)
"Review" by , "Real-life examples pack a punch, as do her irreverent and occasionally salty language. Engaging to read, yet don't lose sight of her plea for integrity. Worth noting."
"Review" by , "[A] work of honesty and, yes, integrity."
"Synopsis" by , Activist and author Moore takes a critical look at the savvy advertising agencies, corporate marketing teams, and branding experts and the techniques they use to reach a youth market.
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