Your Call Is Important to Us

Your Call Is Important to Us

The Truth About Bullshit

Book - 2005 | 1st ed
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Your Call Is Important to Us is a manifesto for anyone who's sick and tired of the twenty-first century's tidal wave of bullshit. Taking no prisoners, author Laura Penny dissects-no, disembowels-the culture of globalized, super-sized, consumerized b.s.
Dating the renaissance of bullshit to wartime propaganda, Penny skewers the "corporate bafflegab," scripted, question-proof political events, toxic faux foodstuffs, and miracle pills that clutter our lives. She spares no one and nothing: not Wal-Mart, where "every rinky-dink chunk of mass-produced bric-a-brac is manufactured expressly for you"; not Bush's White House, with its "wallpaper of phony populist sloganeering"; and not the vast pharmaceutical industry, with its "gateway
prescription drugs."
Penny reveals that prisons are the hot new thing in call centers (the federal prison industry bills itself as "the best-kept secret in outsourcing") and that the Public Relations Society of America has a Code of Ethics Pledge (who knew?). Finally, with devastating precision, she demonstrates how our "all-you-can-eat buffet of phoniness" not only alienates us from each other but degrades public discourse, breeds apathy, and makes us just plain stupid.
Your Call Is Important to Us introduces a fearless and utterly disarming new voice in social criticism. It's an island of clarity in an ocean of ordure. Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1400081033
Branch Call Number: 303.375097 PEN
Characteristics: x, 242 p. ; 21 cm


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