Your Call is Important to Us: The Truth about Bullshit

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McClelland & Stewart, 2005 - Canadian wit and humor (English) - 278 pages
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Ever been left spluttering over some fatuous fib trying to pass itself off as information, even as fact? Of course you have. We all have. It’s bullshit, and as Laura Penny sees it, we’re drowning in the stuff. Your Call Is Important to Us is Penny’s brilliant take on the “all-you-can-eat buffet of phoniness” that is our lives today. “We live in an era of unprecedented bullshit production,” Penny says. While bullshit is not new, more money, more media, and more people at mics have led to a bullshit pandemic. Today, we are so used to exaggeration and obfuscation we rarely notice them any more.Thank goodness we have Penny as our witty, smart-aleck guide through the phoniness of advertising and public relations, the claptrap of big pharma, the gobbledygook of the media, and the poppycock of the service industry. Along the way, Penny takes direct aim at the major culprits and the insidious ways they distort reality. As scathing as Michael Moore, as incisive as Naomi Klein, and as funny as Al Franken, Penny’s take on the bullshit factor in modern life is a page-turner. Penny has a cheeky riff on that revealing question: “If my call is so important,” she asks, “why doesn’t anyone answer the damn phone?”

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

Interesting and amusing, as the author takes on BS in modern life. The writing style is readily recognizable as Gen-X, and that was a big negative for me, but otherwise, there is a lot in this book to keep you nodding your head in recognition. Read full review

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User Review  - neesie913 - LibraryThing

I absolutely love this book! I've dog-eared so many pages and underlined so many passages from this book! Normally if someone asks to borrow any of my books, I lend them happily, but not this one. I'm keeping this one forever! Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Laura Penny has toiled as a bookstore clerk, a student activist, a union organizer, and a university instructor. She currently works as a teaching fellow in the acclaimed Foundation Year Program at the University of King's College in Halifax. Her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail the ,National Post ,Saturday Night and ,Toronto Life where she is contributing editor. This is her first book.,

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