In this pioneering work of social criticism, Kalle Lasn, the publisher of Adbusters In Culture Jam, Lasn assesses the current situation, discusses whether. Kalle Lasn (born March 24, ) is an Estonian-Canadian film maker, author, magazine editor, In his first book, Culture Jam, Lasn portrays consumerism as the fundamental evil of the modern era. He calls for a “meme war”: a battle of ideas. An eloquent manifesto of anti-commercialism worthy of predecessors like Thoreau and Huxley. Kalle Lasn is the publisher of Adbusters.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Culture Jam by Kalle Lasn. America is no longer a country but a multimillion-dollar brand, says Kalle Lasn and his fellow “culture jammers”. The founder of Adbusters magazine, Lasn aims to stop the branding of America by changing the way information flows; the way institutions wield power; the way television stations are run; and the way the food, fashion, automobile, sports, music, and culture indu America culthre no longer a country but a multimillion-dollar kasn, says Kalle Lasn and his fellow “culture jammers”.

The founder of Adbusters magazine, Lasn aims to stop the branding of America by changing the way information flows; the way institutions wield power; the fulture television stations are run; and the way the food, cklture, automobile, sports, music, and culture industries set agendas. With a courageous and compelling voice, Lasn deconstructs the advertising culture and our fixation on icons and brand names.

And he shows how to organize resistance against the power trust that manages the brands by “uncooling” consumer items, by “dermarketing” fashions and celebrities, and by breaking the “media trance” of our TV-addicted age.

A powerful manifesto by a leading media activist, Culture Jam lays the foundations for the most significant social movement of the early twenty-first century — a movement that can change the world and the way we think and live.

Paperbackpages. Published November 7th by William Morrow Paperbacks first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Culture Jamplease sign up. Is this like all the anti-consumer essays and groupings that appeared in the 70s and 80s If only the consumer would cklture consuming junk items they would stop making them?

Who would stop making them? See 1 question about Culture Jam…. Lists with This Book. Mar 14, Colin rated it did not like it Shelves: Naive, self-indulgent, and hypocritical. The author makes a couple anemic attempts at a cogent analysis of consumerism before giving up and lapsing into a loose recital of silly and self-congratulatory schemes. After reading Mediated and Nation of Rebelsboth of which offer startling insights, this book is only memorable for being aggravating.

I especially appreciate being introduced to the french situationists in this book. May 29, Lesha F. This book changed me. The bad reviews surprised me at first, but then, on second thought, not so much. I read this book when I was 19 or 20, I think. Now, at 26, I think I’d like to re-read it to see if it still excites me so much. Regardless, I’ll keep my 5-star rating because it really enabled me to change my perspective.


Generally speaking, American media is more problematic than it seems, and less entertaining than it seems. I’m less militant now than I was when I was cklture I don’t fe This book changed me. I don’t feel guilty about an hour of hospital drama once a week with commercials but I am also able to step back and think a little when I start drooling over an IKEA catalogue. Also, fortunately or unfortunately, I think the solution to the “suicidal consumer binge” is simpler than writing legislators, protesting corporations, and signing petitions.

Consumerism is inversely proportional to the price of oil–so there you go. One of the innovators of the path of peaceful, passive resistance Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review.

Just if you might be interested. The book certainly had an indirect influence on peaceful protest movements.


It can be seen as part of laying the cornerstone of a new, emancipated civic movement. After showing the system’s bugs, Lasse offers an exit. In the form of emancipation from the dictates of brands, media, and consumption. Already then, there were many One of the innovators of the ,asn of peaceful, passive cultyre Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review.

Already then, there were many good ideas. People developed and develop new protest options with Adbusters, broadcast signal intrusion, flash mobs, clown armies, tactical media, communication guerrillas, passive resistance, media pranks, subvertising, art interventions, Occupy movements, pirate parties, hacktivism, anti enterprising, tactical frivolity, strikes, graffiti, meme hack, street art, billboard hacking, etc.

What new can be done with social media and techniques still to invent is hard to guess. One option would be to react immediately to the new advertising messages of the corporations. No sooner has it been published than a cynical and biting persiflage is massively promoted in all social media. No company can be sure anymore not to fear a Shitstorm and the detection of new grievances with every advertising. The only option would be to change the corporate principles culrure.

In a way that there is no longer any evidence to show the bigotry. Yarn bombing is harmless, but the punishments are not. Anyone who quietly protests with colorful fabric figures can expect problems. Evaluating graffiti on public goods, changing posters, passive resistance in open space, etc.

Also, whom it protects. Business criminals, sex offenders, and dangerous criminals may kasn lower penalties than activists who are portrayed as hazardous usurpers, tormentors, and delinquents. Instead, the attention attracted by such actions should be the reason for the draconian approach.

It will be interesting to see whether the alienation and lasm of advertising messages on the Internet will sooner or later also become a criminal offense. So that logo and trademarks can no longer be used for biting satire.

Maybe under a similar guise as with conservationists and globalization critics. Because corporations and their distribution network are essential infrastructures for maintaining order, criticizing them is being criminalized. Peaceful, civil protest is more and restricted, under terror suspect, legally more difficult and silenced or denounced in the leading media.

It would be only a logical and consistent continuation to do the same on the internet and in social media.

Still the forums are just censored. However, who does not say that operators can be required by law to pass data of critical users to the protection of the constitution to the state?

Alternatively, whoever claims that certain people’s representatives and their behavior are stupid or detrimental, comes on the watchlist.


Humor and satire have always been efficient and dreaded instruments. That is why many ossified, institutionalized organizations laugh at superficial jokes and others. At the core of the amusement is the mentioned malady, which the person concerned kaloe not noticeable.

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They are unable to reflect because of the one-dimensionality of their thinking because they do not allow other opinions and views. They tend to an aggressive overreaction when the grave mistakes of their worldview are ridiculed to show logic errors. The state apparatus behaves like a spoiled, defiant child or an immature adult.

The procedures can create a new awareness of the bigotry of established players. If every new message is questioned critically, nothing is believed, and everything is ridiculed, the right path is taken. The authority over any dictates of fashion, politics or economics must fall.

Moreover, it is essential to expose them in their lies, to modify them and to throw them back to them. Until only more ethical trading companies dare to spread their advertising messages. Einer der Innovatoren des Weges des friedlichen, passiven Widerstandes Das Buch hatte sicher indirekten Einfluss auf friedliche Protestbewegungen. Schon damals gab es viele gute Ideen.

Was sich mit neuen Medien und Techniken noch alles wird machen lassen, kann man schwer erahnen.

Wer mit bunten Stofffiguren ruhig protestiert, kann mit Problemen rechnen. Noch werden die Foren nur zensiert. Bis nur mehr ethisch einwandfreie handelnde Unternehmen es wagen, ihre Werbebotschaften zu verbreiten. Nov 08, Interzone rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I actually worked with a very nice lady who made a documentary on a group that this book has inspired.

Culture Jamming is for some strange reasons virtually unknown thus creating greater reactions to it. Overall I find myself in total agreement when it comes to a few ideas that this author suggests and agree totally over the uninvited invasion that commercials present us with on a daily basis. Truely an eye opener to the green veins that run through the heart of America and soon the rest of th I actually worked with a very nice lady who made a documentary on a group that this book has inspired.

Truely an eye opener to the green veins that run through the heart of America and soon the rest of the world. What it cultufe down into is that you may have a television, and with that you may have cable, you pay a fee and in exchange you get a service.

That service is ridden with commercials that you do not give consent to.

In truth, you pick out a show yet you have no control over what commercials it will chose to play. Companies such as Coors Beer Products airing commercials during cartoons, or Viagra commercials during family sitcoms is simply unacceptable and yet you the viewer have no control over it. Its pretty strange for a high schooler, a demographic who has no need for viagra, to be so familiar with the product that they can name off its price without a thought. Has anyone ever noticed how much business, in this case McDonalds, look like brainwashed followers?

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