A while ago, I wrote about how impressed I was with the authors of Rebel Sell, who I heard on the CBC. I ordered the book, and have started reading it. For a relatively-academic tone, it’s exceptionally readable and pop culture-savvy (more so, certainly, than No Logo). I just read about the security footage of the Seattle WTO riots in 1999 that showed anti-globalization protestors busting up the Nike store while wearing Nike shoes. It seems like there’s a heretical notion on every page, and though I’ve only read a couple of chapters, I’d definitely recommend it to anybody who read and enjoyed No Logo.
I mention Rebel Sell because there’s an article about it at The Tyee.
Their new book, ‘The Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can’t be Jammed’, takes aim at the strategy of using shopping to effect political change, which they say has only reinforced society’s materialistic cravings, not dampened them. Worse, they told The Tyee when they were in Vancouver last week, it’s also privatized political action, by taking it out of the voting booth and into the supermarket.