Tuesday, April 05, 2011

People Died For Our Right To Advertise

“Publicity has another important social function. The fact that this function has not been planned as a purpose by those who make and use publicity in no way lessens its significance. Publicity turns consumption into a substitute for democracy.  The choice of what one eats (or wears or drives) takes the place of significant political choice. Publicity helps to mask and compensate for all that is undemocratic within society.  And it also masks what is happening in the rest of the world.” - John Berger, Ways Of Seeing.

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