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

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New Press, 2007 - Social Science - 262 pages
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.

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User Review  - JohnHastie - LibraryThing

It would be a gross and offensive over-simplification to suggest that this is a marketing book. Yes, AEM does a great job of showing how corporate interests -in their rush to find new and fresh ways ... Read full review

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User Review  - skylightbooks - LibraryThing

An extremely honest (and often self-critical) examination of the ways that punk, underground, and DIY cultures have been co-opted by mainstream corporations from the 1990s to today, at the expense of ... Read full review

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Anne Elizabeth Moore is an editor, artist, and author of Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing and the Erosion of Integrity (New Press) and Hey Kidz, Buy This Book: A Radical Primer on Corporate and Governmental Propaganda and Artistic Activism for Short People (Soft Skull).

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