No Logo: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs

by Naomi Klein | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 9780312421434 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Lauriqui of Barcelona, Cataluna Spain on 9/7/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by Lauriqui from Barcelona, Cataluna Spain on Monday, September 07, 2009
We live in an era where image is nearly everything, where the proliferation of brand-name culture has created, to take one hyperbolic example from Naomi Klein's No Logo, "walking, talking, life-sized Tommy [Hilfiger] dolls, mummified in fully branded Tommy worlds." Brand identities are even flourishing online, she notes--and for some retailers, perhaps best of all online: "Liberated from the real-world burdens of stores and product manufacturing, these brands are free to soar, less as the disseminators of goods or services than as collective hallucinations."
In No Logo, Klein patiently demonstrates, step by step, how brands have become ubiquitous, not just in media and on the street but increasingly in the schools as well. (The controversy over advertiser-sponsored Channel One may be old hat, but many readers will be surprised to learn about ads in school lavatories and exclusive concessions in school cafeterias.) The global companies claim to support diversity, but their version of "corporate multiculturalism" is merely intended to create more buying options for consumers. When Klein talks about how easy it is for retailers like Wal-Mart and Blockbuster to "censor" the contents of videotapes and albums, she also considers the role corporate conglomeration plays in the process. How much would one expect Paramount Pictures, for example, to protest against Blockbuster's policies, given that they're both divisions of Viacom?

Klein also looks at the workers who keep these companies running, most of whom never share in any of the great rewards. The president of Borders, when asked whether the bookstore chain could pay its clerks a "living wage," wrote that "while the concept is romantically appealing, it ignores the practicalities and realities of our business environment." Those clerks should probably just be grateful they're not stuck in an Asian sweatshop, making pennies an hour to produce Nike sneakers or other must-have fashion items. Klein also discusses at some length the tactic of hiring "permatemps" who can do most of the work and receive few, if any, benefits like health care, paid vacations, or stock options.

Journal Entry 2 by Lauriqui at Barcelona, Cataluna Spain on Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Se va a casa de Tarada por la cesta del niño 2011, espero que lo disfrutes!!!!

Journal Entry 3 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Barcelona, Barcelona Spain on Thursday, February 17, 2011
¡Lo tengo!
Muchas gracias Lauriqui.
Ya contaré...

Journal Entry 4 by Tarada at Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona Spain on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Soy yo la anónima de la entrada anterior.

¿Cómo pasó Bill Gates de trabajar en un garaje a convertirse en un magnate mundial? ¿Por qué el nombre de Nike suele identificarse con el trabajo clandestino y la explotación laboral? ¿Por qué algunas de las marcas más respetadas del mundo se están viendo acosadas por virulentas campañas en su contra?
La misión de este libro es explicar la irritación que amplios sectores de la sociedad están empezando a sentir contra las grandes marcas. Pero, de paso, nos invita a un periplo fascinante: desde las más lujosas tiendas de ropa de las grandes ciudades a ciertos talleres de Indonesia en los que el trabajo se convierte en degradación, desde los grandes centros comerciales estadounidenses hasta los cuarteles de los activistas que atentan contra las vallas publicitarias o de los piratas informáticos que han declarado la guerra a las multinacionales que violan los derechos humanos en Asia, Naomi Klein desenmascara a la llamada «nueva economía» y desvela el modo en que ha incumplido todas sus promesas.


Journal Entry 5 by Tarada at -- Per correus, por correo / by mail -- , Barcelona Spain on Monday, July 23, 2012

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Journal Entry 6 by jotage24 at Ourense, Ourense Spain on Thursday, August 02, 2012
Regalo de Lauriqui (Bookbox virtual clásica).

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