By Joel Bakan
'There should be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the best way it treats its children.' Nelson Mandela. Joel Bakan, writer of the overseas bestseller, "The Corporation", takes Nelson Mandela's phrases because the ethical place to begin of his new booklet. In "Childhood below Siege" he throws a super mild at the ruthless manipulation of youngsters via gigantic company - and on society's failure to guard them. childrens, he argues, at the moment are perceived as a source to be mined for revenue. he's taking us on a dystopian trip via an international of cynical exploitation, callous forget, ill-informed mom and dad and governments that glance the wrong way. He tells the chilling - and infrequently darkly funny - tale of the way little ones are being remodeled into obsessive and narcissistic mini-consumers, media addicts, affordable and pliable employees, and pharmaceutical guinea pigs. we're witnessing a winner-takes-all conflict for children's hearts, minds and our bodies - a antagonistic takeover of formative years itself. huge organisations are spending substantial sums with a purpose to render mom and dad and governments powerless to guard kids from calculated and unrelenting advertisement attack. Joel Bakan makes it disconcertingly transparent that society is betraying what it purports to cherish such a lot. because the global reels from fiscal turmoil, ecological devastation, terrorism and conflict, it's those societal failings that could turn into the main damaging of all.
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Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Ruthlessly Targets Children by Joel Bakan