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Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole, by Benjamin Barber

Original entry posted: Mon May 7 13:02:48 2007

pseudonymous @ Mon May 7 08:54:51 2007 EST

I liked Jihad vs. McWorld and I was a pretty big fan of Strong Democracy, but I keep hearing awful things about this book. It makes me think he's gone into cranky, old man territory.

I have one problem with your otherwise strong review: "The entire book is exhaustively footnoted--but then, so is Ann Coulter's trash." You know very well there's a difference here. You're really going to compare Barber to Coulter?

Thomas @ Mon May 7 09:02:48 2007 EST

I'm not directly comparing them, just using it as an illustration. The fact that Barber's footnotes (in the areas where I can claim some expertise) do seem to be sloppy and inaccurate doesn't help his case.

I'm sure it's not as bad as Coulter. But there's an evasiveness to them, particularly to the times when he quotes from op-eds to show that both the Left and the Right have condemned his pet peeves. They have a kind of "undergrad paper" feel to their use. I suspect that someone who actually looked up the pieces in question might not agree with Barber's characterization. But I can't prove that yet.



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