Badvertising: Polluting Our Minds and Fuelling Climate Chaos

Author:   Andrew Simms ,  Leo Murray
Publisher:   Pluto Press
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9780745349145


Pages:   272
Publication Date:   20 November 2023
Format:   Hardback
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Advertising is selling us a dream, a lifestyle. It promises us fulfilment and tells us where to buy it - in international flights, beef from (what was once) the Amazon, and a vast array of goods we consume like there is no tomorrow. And if advertising succeeds in keeping us on our current trajectory - there may not be a tomorrow. In Badvertising, Andrew Simms and Leo Murray raise the alarm on an industry that is making us both unhealthy and unhappy, and that is driving the planet to the precipice of environmental collapse in the process. The book asks what is the psychological impact of being barraged by literally thousands of advertisements a day? How does the commercialisation of our public spaces weaken our sense of belonging? What are the pitfalls of regulation? How are car manufacturers, airlines and oil companies lobbying to weaken climate action? And most crucially of all, what can we do to stop it?

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Author:   Andrew Simms ,  Leo Murray
Publisher:   Pluto Press
Imprint:   Pluto Press
ISBN:  

9780745349145


ISBN 10:   0745349145
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   20 November 2023
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
This item will be ordered in for you from one of our suppliers. Upon receipt, we will promptly dispatch it out to you. For in store availability, please contact us.

Table of Contents

List of Figures Preface Introduction: Advertising and the Insidious Rise of Brain Pollution 1. Badvertising, Priming, Propaganda and Surveillance Advertising 2. How Advertising Increases Consumption 3. How We Banned Tobacco Advertising 4. Sports Advertising and Sponsorship: The Great Pollution Own Goal 5. How Big Car Persuaded Us to Buy Big Cars 6. How Airlines Took Us For a Ride 7. Why Self-Regulation Isn’t Working 8. A World Without Advertising Acknowledgements Notes Index

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'A hugely timely and important book that grapples with advertising's role in enabling climate crimes - and sets out why and how we need to stop the industry's complicity in its tracks, for the sake of a liveable future.' -- Caroline Lucas MP 'A much-needed book whose time has come. The continued advertising of high-carbon products at a time of climate crisis is a form of insanity. The authors are absolutely right to call for a ban, and it can't happen too soon.' -- Bill McGuire, Professor Emeritus of Geophysical & Climate Hazards, UCL


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Andrew Simms is the author of many books including The New Economics, Ecological Debt, Tescopoly and Cancel the Apocalypse. Most recently he co-authored Economics: A Crash Course, a beginner's guide to the subject from a heterodox perspective, with David Boyle. He co-founded the New Weather Institute and coordinates the Rapid Transition Alliance. He is a research associate at the Centre for Global Political Economy, University of Sussex, a fellow of the New Economics Foundation (NEF) where he was also policy director for many years and established its Climate Change, Energy and Interdependence Programme, and has been a frequent contributor to the Guardian and BBC. He is also the assistant director of Scientists for Global Responsibility. He co-founded the Green New Deal group in 2007, the climate campaign onehundredmonths.org that ran until 2017, and devised Earth Overshoot Day. Leo Murray co-founded Plane Stupid, where he played a central role in strategic planning and communication for three years from 2006. He also designed and co-founded the climate change campaigning organisation Possible in 2009, where he is currently director of innovation. Murray is the brains behind the Frequent Flyer Levy, and strategy lead for the Rapid Transition Taskforce. He was previously a part-time political advisor on the transition to a sustainable economy to Labour's Shadow Minister for Sustainable Economics, Clive Lewis MP.

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