Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children

Free Press #ad - Corporations have found a new resource to be mined for profit: our children. Nelson mandela once sagely remarked that “there can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children. The problem today, as Joel Bakan reveals, is that business interests have made protecting children extremely difficult.

And children’s chronic health problems, autism, and birth defects, from asthma to cancer, steadily escalate as thousands of new industrial chemicals are dumped into their environments. Corporations pump billions into rendering parents and governments powerless to shield children from an unrelenting commercial assault, with the result that after a century of progress, during which protective laws and regulations were widely promulgated, children are once again exposed to substantial harms at the hands of economic actors.

A powerful manifesto for urgent change, it empowers us to shield our own children while offering concrete and realistic proposals for legal reforms that would protect all children from these predatory practices. The number of children taking dangerous psychotropic drugs has skyrocketed as pharmaceutical companies employ insidious, often illegal tactics to inflate diagnoses of disorders and convince parents their children require medication.

Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children #ad - Childhood under siege leaves no room for doubt that this assault on childhood is a major crisis of our time. In this shocking and indelible behind-the-scenes journey, uncovers the astonishing degree to which companies exploit the special vulnerabilities of children, Joel Bakan, acclaimed author and award-winning maker of the renowned film and international bestselling book The Corporation, manipulate parents’ fears, and operate with callous disregard for children’s health and well-being.

America’s schools are being transformed into profit centers while children are subjected to increasingly regimented teaching that thwarts curiosity and creativity, numbing the joy of learning. A highly sophisticated marketing industry deploys increasingly subtle and powerful tactics to play on children’s intense emotions and desires and to lure them into obsessive consumerism.


Supersizing Urban America: How Inner Cities Got Fast Food with Government Help

University of Chicago Press #ad - During this time, fast food companies also began to relentlessly market to urban African-American consumers. An unintended consequence of these developments was that low-income minority communities were disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic. In the first book about the U. S. Chin jou begins her story in the late­ 1960s, when predominantly African-American neighborhoods went from having no fast food chain restaurants to being littered with them.

More than one-third of adults in the United States are obese. The centers for disease control and prevention estimates that there are over 112, and for many years, 000 obesity-related deaths annually, the government has waged a very public war on the problem. Government’s problematic role in promoting fast food in inner-city America, Jou tells a riveting story of the food industry, obesity, and race relations in America that is essential to understanding health and obesity in contemporary urban America.

Supersizing Urban America: How Inner Cities Got Fast Food with Government Help #ad - Former surgeon general richard carmona warned in 2006 that “obesity is the terror within, ” going so far as to call it a threat that will “dwarf 9/11. What doesn’t get mentioned in all this? the fact that the federal government helped create the obesity crisis in the first place—especially where it is strikingly acute, among urban African-American communities.

Supersizing urban America reveals the little-known story of how the U. S. Government got into the business of encouraging fast food in inner cities, with unforeseen consequences we are only beginning to understand.


The Sociology of Food and Agriculture Earthscan Food and Agriculture

Routledge #ad - The final section concentrates on themes of sustainability, food security, and food sovereignty. Topics such as the global hunger and obesity challenges, GM foods, and international trade and subsidies are assessed as part of the world food economy. In this second edition of the sociology of Food and Agriculture, students are provided with a substantially revised and updated introductory text to this emergent field.

The book begins with the recent development of agriculture under capitalism and neo-liberal regimes, and the transformation of farming and peasant agriculture from a small-scale, family-run way of life to a globalized system. All chapters include learning objectives, suggested discussion questions, and recommendations for further reading to aid student learning.

The Sociology of Food and Agriculture Earthscan Food and Agriculture #ad - The book concludes on a positive note, examining alternative agri-food movements aimed at changing foodscapes at levels from the local to the global. With increased coverage of the financialization of food, food and culture, food security, gender, and food sovereignty, ethnicity and justice, the book is perfect for students with little or no background in sociology and is also suitable for more advanced courses as a comprehensive primer.


The Hidden Persuaders

Ig Publishing #ad - One of the best books around for demystifying the deliberately mysterious arts of advertising. Salon"fascinating, entertaining and thought-stimulating. The new york times book review"a brisk, fundraisers and politicians are attempting to turn the american mind into a kind of catatonic dough that will buy, authoritative and frightening report on how manufacturers, give or vote at their command--The New YorkerOriginally published in 1957 and now back in print to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, The Hidden Persuaders is Vance Packard’s pioneering and prescient work revealing how advertisers use psychological methods to tap into our unconscious desires in order to "persuade" us to buy the products they are selling.

A classic examination of how our thoughts and feelings are manipulated by business, media and politicians, The Hidden Persuaders was the first book to expose the hidden world of “motivation research, ” the psychological technique that advertisers use to probe our minds in order to control our actions as consumers.

The Hidden Persuaders #ad - Featuring an introduction by mark crispin Miller, The Hidden Persuaders has sold over one million copies, and forever changed the way we look at the world of advertising. Vance packard 1914-1996 was an American journalist, social critic, and best-selling author. Among his other books were the status seekers, and The Naked Society, which criticizes planned obsolescence, which described American social stratification and behavior, The Waste Makers, about the threats to privacy posed by new technologies.

Through analysis of products, political campaigns and television programs of the 1950s, Packard shows how the insidious manipulation practices that have come to dominate today’s corporate-driven world began.


Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture Postmillennial Pop Book 15

NYU Press #ad - Now with a new afterword addressing changes in the media industry, television, and drawing on modern examples from online activism campaigns, and political reporting, advertising, audience participation, film, music, and social media—from both the US and around the world—the authors illustrate the contours of our current media environment.

For all of us who actively create and share content, politics, and everyday life, Spreadable Media provides a clear understanding of how people are spreading ideas and the implications these activities have for business, both on- and offline. How sharing, linking, and liking have transformed the media and marketing industries Spreadable Media is a rare inside look at today’s ever-changing media landscape.

. The days of corporate control over media content and its distribution have been replaced by the age of what the digital media industries have called “user-generated content. Spreadable media maps these fundamental changes, and gives readers a comprehensive look into the rise of participatory culture, from internet memes to presidential tweets.

Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture Postmillennial Pop Book 15 #ad - The book explores the internal tensions businesses face as they adapt to this new, spreadable, communication reality and argues for the need to shift from “hearing” to “listening” in corporate culture. The authors challenge our notions of what goes “viral” and how by examining factors such as the nature of audience engagement and the environment of participation, and by contrasting the concepts of “stickiness”—aggregating attention in centralized places—with “spreadability”—dispersing content widely through both formal and informal networks.

The former has often been the measure of media success in the online world, but the latter describes the actual ways content travels through social media.


The Social Organism: A Radical Understanding of Social Media to Transform Your Business and Life

Hachette Books #ad - Casey, must-read theory of social media--how it works, how it's changing human life, a groundbreaking, and how we can master it for good and for profit. In barely a decade, social media has positioned itself at the center of twenty-first century life. We simply do not comprehend social media's form, function, and possibilities.

The combined power of platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Vine have helped topple dictators and turned anonymous teenagers into celebrities overnight. It's time we did. In the social organism, luckett and Casey offer a revolutionary theory: social networks--to an astonishing degree--mimic the rules and functions of biological life.

In sharing and replicating packets of information known as memes, the world's social media users are facilitating an evolutionary process just like the transfer of genetic information in living things. A must-read for business leaders and anyone who wants to understand all the implications of a social world.

The Social Organism: A Radical Understanding of Social Media to Transform Your Business and Life #ad - Bob iger, chairman and chief executive Officer of The Walt Disney CompanyFrom tech visionaries Oliver Luckett and Michael J. In the social media age, and videos, ideas spread and morph through shared hashtags, photos, and the most compelling and emotive ones can transform public opinion in mere days and weeks, even attitudes and priorities that had persisted for decades.

How did this happen? the scope and pace of these changes have left traditional businesses--and their old-guard marketing gatekeepers--bewildered. To master social media--and to make online content that impacts the world--you must start with the Social Organism.


Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

Penguin Books #ad - We see the costs of the flight from conversation everywhere: conversation is the cornerstone for democracy and in business it is good for the bottom line. Long an enthusiast for its possibilities, here she investigates a troubling consequence: at work, we find ways around conversation, tempted by the possibilities of a text or an email in which we don’t have to look, in politics, at home, listen, and in love, or reveal ourselves.

Online, we only want to share opinions that our followers will agree with – a politics that shies away from the real conflicts and solutions of the public square. Based on five years of research and interviews in homes, schools, and the workplace, Turkle argues that we have come to a better understanding of where our technology can and cannot take us and that the time is right to reclaim conversation.

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age #ad - And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection. Conversation cures. Afraid of being alone, we rely on other people to give us a sense of ourselves, and our capacity for empathy and relationship suffers. At work, we retreat to our screens although it is conversation at the water cooler that increases not only productivity but commitment to work.

The dinner table falls silent as children compete with phones for their parents’ attention. The virtues of person-to-person conversation are timeless, and our most basic technology, talk, responds to our modern challenges. But there is good news: we are resilient.


Jesuits Telling Jokes: A Serious Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality

Loyola Press #ad - From the standpoint of the jesuits, uses a little jesuit jocularity to introduce us to the Society of Jesus the Jesuits—how they began, “all things” most definitely includes humor! In Jesuits Telling Jokes, Nikolaas Sintobin, SJ, who they are, what they do. For anyone wanting a good laugh and a great introduction to how the Jesuits live, work, think, and pray, Jesuits Telling Jokes is the perfect place to start.

Each chapter opens with a humorous cartoon and joke to illuminate one particular aspect of the Jesuits, such as the discernment of spirits, and the rest of the chapter offers a brief but insightful look into a foundational Ignatian principle or practice, finding freedom in obedience, and making the street a monastery.

Jesuits Telling Jokes: A Serious Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality #ad - A core tenet of ignatian spirituality is that God can be found in all things.


Who Rules the World? American Empire Project

Metropolitan Books #ad - Policies post-9/11, through its military-first policies and its unstinting devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, and the perils of valuing power above democracy and human rights In an incisive, Noam Chomsky argues that the United States, thorough analysis of the current international situation, is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons.

Drawing on a wide range of examples, afghanistan, as well as the flashpoints of Iraq, Iran, and Israel/Palestine, from the expanding drone assassination program to the threat of nuclear warfare, he offers unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet.

Who Rules the World? American Empire Project #ad - A new york times bestsellerthe world’s leading intellectual offers a probing examination of the waning American Century, the nature of U. S. Elites have grown ever more insulated from any democratic constraints on their power. While the broader population is lulled into apathy—diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable—the corporations and the rich have increasingly been allowed to do as they please.

. Fierce, unsparing, and meticulously documented, Who Rules the World? delivers the indispensable understanding of the central conflicts and dangers of our time that we have come to expect from Chomsky. In the process, Chomsky provides a brilliant anatomy of just how U. S.


The Disappearance of Childhood

Vintage #ad - From the vogue for nubile models to the explosion in the juvenile crime rate, this modern classic of social history and media traces the precipitous decline of childhood in America today−and the corresponding threat to the notion of adulthood. Deftly marshaling a vast array of historical and demographic research, Neil Postman, author of Technopoly, suggests that childhood is a relatively recent invention, which came into being as the new medium of print imposed divisions between children and adults.

But now these divisions are eroding under the barrage of television, which turns the adult secrets of sex and violence into poprular entertainment and pitches both news and advertising at the intellectual level of ten-year-olds. Informative, alarming, and aphorisitc, The Disappearance of Childhood is a triumph of history and prophecy.


Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

Anchor #ad - A pulitzer prize-winning account of the “age of neoslavery, ” the American period following the Emancipation Proclamation in which convicts, mostly black men, were “leased” through forced labor camps operated by state and federal governments. In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A.

. Blackmon unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude shortly thereafter. By turns moving, the companies that profited most from neoslavery, this unprecedented account reveals the stories of those who fought unsuccessfully against the re-emergence of human labor trafficking, and shocking, sobering, and the insidious legacy of racism that reverberates today.

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II #ad - Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history—an “Age of Neoslavery” that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II. Using a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, Douglas A.