OBD : The Illusion of Business and the Business of Illusion

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This title presents a witty, trenchant investigation of a phenomenon that is shaping culture and business in unexpected, disturbing ways."Obsessive Branding Disorder" is a much-needed expose of a business disorder so rampant it has affected our entire culture. Blending trenchant analysis and insight with colourful reportage and humour, "Obsessive Branding Disorder" charts the shift from traditional advertising to the rampant rise of 'the brand'; examining how and why that change happened, and investigating what branding means for us: the often naive consumer.A business-initiative contingent upon consumer approval, branding in many ways determines our world on a daily basis; but in ways few of us have stopped to consider. In an unapologetic examination, Conley offers up a mirror of the branded world, questioning the nature of a national disorder, and the frightening costs it represents to all of us-ones financial and cultural-as branding initiatives creep ever closer to mimicking and replacing traditional forms of community.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 144.78 x 215.9 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586484680
  • 9781586484682

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"Boston Globe," August 3, 2008"Tartly written.... [Obsessive Branding Disorder] is instructive, even entertaining.... Conley is a keen observer and a trenchant critic.... [A] timely call to arms."show more

About Lucas Conley

Lucas Conley is a Staff Writer at Fast Company. He began his career at the Atlantic Monthly. His work has also appeared in The Boston Globe and ESPN: The Magazine. He lives in New Mexico. This is his first book.show more

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