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A Cultural History of Advertising
A peek at the past, present and future implications of our consumer culture
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Blueprint for the Occupy Movement? Read the Protest Manifestos of the 1960s

Blueprint for the Occupy Movement? Read the Protest Manifestos of the 1960s | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

By Ben Marks....When I was invited into collector Rick Synchef’s home several months ago, I was drawn by the promise of signed rock posters from the San F...

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The Nader Page | History Essential Nader

"The crusading attorney first made headlines in 1965 with his book Unsafe at Any Speed, a scathing indictment that lambasted the auto industry for producing unsafe vehicles. The book led to congressional hearings and a series of automobile safety laws passed in 1966.

Since 1966, Nader has been responsible for: at least eight major federal consumer protection laws such as the motor vehicle safety laws, Safe Drinking Water Act; the launching of federal regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environment Protection Agency (EPA), and Consumer Product Safety Administration; the recall of millions of defective motor vehicles; access to government through the Freedom of Information Act of 1974; and for many lives saved..."

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Ralph Nader Interview -- page 3 / 7 -- Academy of Achievement

Ralph Nader Interview -- page 3 / 7 -- Academy of Achievement | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"Ralph Nader: It was all but the proverbial knapsack. I hitchhiked to Washington with one suitcase. I stayed overnight for three nights in the YMCA and then got a room in a boarding house. The plan simply was to build enough power in Washington, by getting to the media on the issue, columnists, getting to members of Congress to start Congressional hearings to regulate the auto industry for safety. To say to the auto companies -- who were wallowing in stylistic pornography over engineering integrity -- those were the periods of real stagnation that was being watched very carefully by some people in Japan and western Europe - to get them moving. To push them to produce better, safer cars. So it was a conscious effort..."

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Ralph Nader - Not For Sale

Ralph Nader - Not For Sale | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"Ralph Nader, a towering 6 feet, 4 inches, is soft-spoken, but he's as intense as any politician. The founder of modern consumerism, he remains a full-time activist at age 61. In addition to heading the Center for Study of Responsive Law, a few blocks up 16th Street from the White House, he reads, speaks, writes and travels nonstop."He's had an enormous influence historically," says Steve Brobeck, a consumer historian and director of the Consumer Federation of America. As the crusader who built his David-and- Goliath career taking on major corporations — automobiles, airlines, insurance — Nader is accustomed to being simultaneously loved and maligned.

"You know what he's done for us? He has raised our expectations," says Nader protege Harvey Rosenfield, head of California's Proposition 103 Enforcement Project. "People trust that man because they know he's not for sale."

Nader began to earn that reputation 30 years ago, when he was catapulted into the national spotlight as a young Harvard law graduate whose stinging book Unsafe at Any Speed challenged the safety of the Chevrolet Corvair and American cars in general..."

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