In the concise, entertaining Don't Buy It: The Trouble with Talking Nonsense about the Economy, political communications expert Anat Shenker-Osorio shows how wrong-headed metaphors and deceptive language have muddled economic thinking, and, how better word choice alone can win the debate. When the economy is called "unhealthy" or "recovering," it gives it the status of a living being. Americans must submit to any indignity required to "keep the economy happy." Don't Buy It cuts through misinformation and skewers the economic nonsense heard every day. In the end, it convincingly demonstrates that radically altering politics and policies for the better is a matter of changing the conversation—literally.
Anat Shenker-Osorio is a strategic communications consultant based in Oakland, California. She crafts messaging for issues from immigration to contraception and has completed research on how people make sense of and come to judgments about the economy. She has worked with the ACLU, Ms. Foundation, America's Voice, Ford Foundation and dozens of others, presenting findings to members of Congress, and, as a keynote speaker at Netroots Nation. This is her first book.
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