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Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life

by Nato Thompson
£20.00   hardback  Melville House Publishing (2017)

Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life by Nato Thompson

"Culture As Weapon is a brilliant and scathing take no prisoners critique of contemporary culture. Spanning military occupation, capitalism masquerading as charity, and personal computing, Nato Thompson shows us the dark side of how culture is deployed to fortify power."
(Laura Poitras, filmmaker, Citizenfour)
The production of culture was once the domain of artists, but beginning in the early 1900s, the emerging fields of public relations, advertising, and marketing transformed the way the powerful communicate with the rest of us. A century later, the tools are more sophisticated than ever, the onslaught more relentless.
 
In Culture As Weapon, acclaimed curator and critic Nato Thompson reveals how institutions use art and culture to ensure profits and constrain dissent — and shows us that there are alternatives. An eye-opening account of the way advertising, media, and politics work today, Culture As Weapon offers a radically new way of looking at our world.

ISBN 13: 9781612195735 | ISBN 10: 1612195733