Commodify Your Dissent: Salvos from The Baffler
Thomas Frank, Matt Weiland
W. W. Norton & Company, 1992 - Business & Economics - 287 pages
The 1980s and 1990s have seen an enormous increase in the power of business over the American mind. Not since the Gilded Age have the robber barons of business accumulated more wealth or won more popular attention. But where the tycoons of yore built railroads or banks, today culture stands at the heart of American enterprise and mass entertainment has become its economic dynamo. For a decade The Baffler magazine has been an invigorating voice of dissent against these developments, in the tradition of the muckrakers and H. L. Mencken's The American Mercury. Commodity Your Dissent gathers together the best of its excoriating criticism of the new American cultural order, exploring such peculiar developments as the birth of the rebel consumer as hero in the pages of Wired and Details; the dramatic rise of "alternative" culture in the post-Nirvana era; the appearance of new business gurus like Tom Peters and corporate fads like "reengineering"; the ever-accelerating race to market youth culture; and the encroachment of advertising and commercial enterprise into every last nook and cranny of American life.
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A series of essays whose titles tell the story. "The Rebel Consumer", "Consolidated Deviance Inc", "Alternative to What." Slightly older than a decade, this wonderful collection actually makes us long for the time when people pretended to be different. A good read. Read full review