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Of capital is the ultimate goal of any company the ways and means whereby that goal is achieved and the extent to which it is pursued will vary depending upon the individuals in the organization Ad men were not robots and in some cases their attempts at marketing also served the dual purpose of being earnest attempts at creating artWith that said Frank apologizes a little too much Thoughtful Interaction Design for the earnestness of the hip ad men Ultimately their purpose is still to appropriate outsider culture and repackage it as something attractive and toothlessor the purpose of commodification The Conuest of Cool serves as a compelling look at the playbook of the sympathetic contingent of the advertising industry useful as a warning But as an apologia A course in Game Theory for ad men and capitalism I have no sympathy This book was written in the 1990s by a Gen Xeror Gen Xers a marketing demographic who were in their prime and had an ax to grind with the always upwardly mobile yet oh so idealistic boomers It plays to all the chords of cynicism Gen Xers elt towards boomers in the 1990s Preaching antimaterialist anticonsumer values while sucking up all the wealth while the younger cohorts got to experience the vicissitudes of downward mobility It has pitch perfect Gen X sensibility It is a serious book it covers the advertising industries hunt or the hip demographic to sell to even if the hipsters pay lip service to idealism Hence the rise of anti advertising advertising A good book that while true about this aspect of the business culture has a special appeal to my cynical generationIn all The Wild Queen (Young Royals, fairness I let out some angst against boomers in this post so here are some lefty millennials bitching about Gen X Ariend recommended this to me when I was complaining that it s hard to Tax Progressivity and Income Inequality find good books on post war advertising and I m very glad he did I ve no interest at all in Frank s recent populist books but this is the one that benefitsrom that populism it was a dissertation and retains the mind numbing rigor needed by that Learning and Development form but it s very nicely written andilled with pleasing anecdotes that pull you through the dull bits The introduction particularly is a masterly statement of the way people professional historians and we lumpen masses perceive the bits The introduction particularly is a masterly statement of the way people professional historians and we lumpen masses perceive the as an era
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pure culture that then coopted by corporations or Arduino Development Cookbook failing that an era in which people subverted the corporate culture that wased to the Matthew Weiner owes Thomas Frank some serious royalties or if you haven t watched all 8 seasons of Mad Men and want the Cliff s Notes just read this book If you liked What s the Matter with Kansas do yourself a Mastering Gephi Network Visualization favor and read Conuest of Cool It s a hell of a lot academic but you can see the seeds of so much of Frank s later work It also changes how you see culture and advertising Not an easy read but well worth it. Y with protest and an extended middleinger with a populist manifesto His voice is an exciting addition to the soporific public discourse of the late twentieth century T J Jackson Lears In These TimesAn invaluable argument The Canadian Regime for anyone who has ever scoffed at hand me down counterculturerom the '60s A spirited and exhaustive analysis of the era's advertising Brad Wieners Wired MagazineTom Frank is not only old Testing Aircraft, Exploring Space fashioned he's antiashion with a place in his heart or that ultimate social aux pas leftist politics Roger Trilling Details. Ertisers to sell cool Not too long of a read about 250 pages but it covers the basics of hip consumerism Excellent account of how capitalism commodified the counter culture and helped make rebellion an individualist market based activity It s a little over exhaustive which is probably helpful or those who want all the nuances but or someone who doesn t need every detail it can come redundant in the middle but it s excellent and an extremely important document of the socialization of the American social appetite Great book If you d like me to elaborate with a 1000 word review I accept both cash and personal checks Five Key Points1 Management and I accept both cash and personal checks Five Key Points1 Management and capitalism in the 1960s underwent a counterculture revolution just as dramatic as that Un Cadeau pour ma Femme found in the streets Postwar American capitalism was hardly the unchanging and soulless machine imagined by countercultural leaders it was as dynamic aorce in its own way as the revolutionary youth movements of the period undertaking dramatic transformations 62 Book examines co option of counterculture by business seeking to go beyond traditional vilification of it This book is an analysis of the orces and logic that make rebel youth cultures so attractive to corporate decision makers 73 A radical section of American businessmen saw the counterculture as a kindred spirit in their own attempts makers 73 A radical section of American businessmen saw the counterculture as a kindred spirit in their own attempts revitalise society Many in American business imagined the counterculture not as an enemy to be undermined or a threat to consumer culture but as a hopeful sign a symbolic ally in their struggles against the mountains of dead weight procedure and hierarchy 94 The capillaries of countercultural thought in business stretch into the 1950s with a turn against hierarchy and towards creativity gradually becoming popular Even in the most complacent management literature of the ifties one Shadow Bound finds harbingers of dissent and upheaval 215 Consumerism was able to remain such a powerful part of American society through its ability to allow individuals to show dissent including dissent towards consumerism No longer would Americans buy toit in or impress the Joneses but to demonstrate that they were wise to the game to express their revulsion with the artifice and conformity of consumerism A pretty ascinating work Frank explicates the relationship between advertisers and consumers during the 50 s through the 90 s as one of symbiosis many of the ad men capitalizing on cool were themselves part of the same generational cohort they were repackaging hip culture and selling it back to It s easy to think of marketing in explicitly cynical terms but Frank deftly points out an obvious truth that is easily overlooked when one discusses companies as though overlooked when one discusses companies as though were people that companies are not actual people but instead are comprised of them and that while the pursuit. Ook ReviewAn indispensable survival guide or any modern consumer Publishers Weekly starred reviewFrank makes an ironclad case not only that the advertising industry cunningly turned the countercultural rhetoric of revolution into a rallying cry to buy stuff but that the process itself actually predated any actual counterculture to exploit Geoff Pevere Toronto Globe and Mail The Conuest of Cool helps us understand why throughout the last third of the twentieth century Americans have increasingly confused gentility with conformity iron. This is a rare book where I had a hard time deciding between the academic and popular history categories Are the two mutually exclusive Maybe not in this case I let the publisher decide or me the University of Chicago Press is undeniably an academic publisher The author is probably best known as the editor of The Baffler which is described on the back of the book as a cultural criticism journal His other accomplishments do seem confined to the area of journalism and commentary of current events but nevertheless this is a well researched work of history as well as an unusually entertaining readFrank s thesis with this book is Life at the End of thevTunnel fairly simple that the so called counter culture of the sixtiesar テンカウント 2 [Ten Count 2] from being co opted by consumer culture was inact intrinsically linked to it Моя семья и другие звери; Птицы, звери и родственники from the outset The values which this sub culture espoused were inact anticipated within advertising culture by at least a decade and they meshed perfectly with the message of liberation through personal choice rather than mass action which advertisers used when targeting youth Frank observes that The Herd from 93rd fantasies of rebellion liberation and outright revolution against the stultifying demands of mass society are commonplace within the mass cultural products of the United States even up to the time of his writing 1997 and this he says comesrom an attitude that started on Madison Avenue long before it reached Haight Ashbury Frank traces the development of this attitude in literary sources and memoirs of advertising executives who strove Manual for Planetary Leadership (Easy-to-Read Encyclopedia of the Spiritual Path) from the late 1950s onward to be the hippestolks literary sources and memoirs of advertising executives who strove The Audio Expert from the late 1950s onward to be the hippestolks and who challenged management theories that encouraged conformity Dawnkeepers (The Nightkeepers, for the simple reason that conformity didn t sell By the time of the summer of love it was easyor advertisers to market to young people as with the Uncola campaign of 7Up because these people had grown up speaking the same language as the advertisers themselvesFrank s use of sources does at times leave one wondering what might be left out of the picture did older conformist styles live longer in ads خدا بود و دیگر هیچ نبود for laundry detergent say thanor cars and soda pop But the argument presented is Shemonah Perakim fascinating and worth consideringor anyone interested in the cultural history of the United States This book is an advertising classic that describes how Advertisers Have Taken What have taken what cool which usually involves the trends of non conformity and rebellion and packaged it and re sold it to the non conformists Perfect example Even hippies shop or clothes that suit their Torakoita ja panssarivaunuja fancy and at the beginning of the production line is managers that are picking apart the hippie psyche and marketing to that demographic This concept which is refered to as co optation is not the only topic that is breached but all in all the book tells of how cool has been interpreted and successfully adapted by adv. While the youth counterculture remains the most evocative and best remembered symbol of the culturalerment of the 1960s the revolution that shook American business during those boom years has gone largely unremarked In this ascinating and revealing study Thomas Frank shows how the youthful revolutionaries were joined and even anticipated by such unlikely allies as the advertising industry and the men's clothing businessThomas Frank is perhaps the most provocative young cultural critic of the moment Gerald Marzorati New York Times The Conuest of Cool Business Culture Counterculture and the Rise of Hip Consumerism

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