Trust Us We re Experts How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future The authors of Toxic Sludge Is Good for You unmask the sneaky and widespread methods industry uses to influence opinion through bogus experts doctored data and manufactured facts We count on the exp

  • Title: Trust Us, We're Experts!: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future
  • Author: Sheldon Rampton John Stauber
  • ISBN: 9781585421398
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • The authors of Toxic Sludge Is Good for You unmask the sneaky and widespread methods industry uses to influence opinion through bogus experts, doctored data, and manufactured facts We count on the experts We count on them to tell us who to vote for, what to eat, how to raise our children We watch them on TV, listen to them on the radio, read their opinions in magazineThe authors of Toxic Sludge Is Good for You unmask the sneaky and widespread methods industry uses to influence opinion through bogus experts, doctored data, and manufactured facts We count on the experts We count on them to tell us who to vote for, what to eat, how to raise our children We watch them on TV, listen to them on the radio, read their opinions in magazine and newspaper articles and letters to the editor We trust them to tell us what to think, because there s too much information out there and not enough hours in a day to sort it all out.We should stop trusting them right this second.In their new book Trust Us, We re Experts How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future, Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber, authors of Toxic Sludge Is Good For You, offer a chilling expos on the manufacturing of independent experts Public relations firms and corporations know well how to exploit your trust to get you to buy what they have to sell Let you hear it from a neutral third party, like a professor or a pediatrician or a soccer mom or a watchdog group The problem is, these third parties are usually anything but neutral They have been handpicked, cultivated, and meticulously packaged in order to make you believe what they have to say preferably in an objective format like a news show or a letter to the editor And in some cases, they have been paid handsomely for their opinions For example You think that nonprofit organizations just give away their stamps of approval on products Bristol Myers Squibb paid 600,000 to the American Heart Association for the right to display AHA s name and logo in ads for its cholesterol lowering drug Pravachol SmithKline Beecham paid the American Cancer Society 1 million for the right to use its logo in ads for Beecham s Nicoderm CQ and Nicorette anti smoking ads.You think that a study out of a prestigious university is completely unbiased In 1997, Georgetown University s Credit Research Center issued a study which concluded that many debtors are using bankruptcy as an excuse to wriggle out of their obligations to creditors Former U.S Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen cited the study in a Washington Times column and advocated for changes in federal law to make it harder for consumers to file for bankruptcy relief What Bentsen failed to mention was that the Credit Research Center is funded in its entirety by credit card companies, banks, retailers, and others in the credit industry that the study itself was produced with a 100,000 grant from VISA USA, Inc and MasterCard International and that Bentsen himself had been hired to work as a credit industry lobbyist.You think that all grassroots organizations are truly grassroots In 1993, a group called Mothers Opposing Pollution MOP appeared, calling itself the largest women s environmental group in Australia, with thousands of supporters across the country Their cause A campaign against plastic milk bottles It turned out that the group s spokesperson, Alana Maloney, was in truth a woman named Janet Rundle, the business partner of a man who did P.R for the Association of Liquidpaperboard Carton Manufacturers the makers of paper milk cartons.You think that if a scientist says so, it must be true In the early 1990s, tobacco companies secretly paid thirteen scientists a total of 156,000 to write a few letters to influential medical journals One biostatistician received 10,000 for writing a single, eight paragraph letter that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association A cancer researcher received 20,137 for writing four letters and an opinion piece to the Lancet, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and The Wall Street Journal.Rampton and Sta

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    1. The subject matter was very interesting (and pretty scary), but the prose was very dry. Also, given that it was written in the late 90's, much of the information is dated. Having said that, I still found the book to be interesting and enjoyable.

    2. A very entertaining book on how everything in the media is spun and how easy it is to fabricate the truth.

    3. The book is a systematic takedown of the various conflicts of interest, spin methods, public relation artists, corruption antics, back scratching, pseudoscientific, dirt digging, expert posing, fact manufacturing, misleading, mis-characterizing, and outright lying used by professional operatives hired by various odious industries to control the future, shift thinking, stop watchdogs and fatten their profits. Or at least, that's what the authors want you to think. In reality, the book fails for a [...]

    4. This book was not an easy read and it took me ages to finish it. First of all, the subject itself is not much fun to think about. It's rather all doom and gloom, although I firmly believe everyone should familiarize themselves with this kind of information instead of hiding our heads in the sand and pretending everything's ok.Secondly, the book has a very dry, textbook-like style, and that's a pity because more people would read it if it were more accessible and "fun". Of course, it's hard to ex [...]

    5. THE WHORES OF DECEPTION "Trust Us, Were Experts" is one in that pair of intrepid reporters (John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton) remarkable series of books on the Public Relations industry and the manipulations and deceptions that go on in so-called Democracies. In this outing they don their white coats, enter the lab and firmly fix the genus Impartialis Expertis under the microscope. The results are not edifying.The idea of scientists being full of integrity, "scientific", rigorous and impartial i [...]

    6. "Trust Us We're the Experts" is very similar to the authors' earlier work "Toxic Sludge is Good for You" in that it discusses how pervasive the Public Relations industry has become and the many ways they are able to influence attitudes (both for good and bad). There are two important points that the authors make that everyone should be aware of:1) PR is EVERYWHERE and more often than not it is cleverly disguised (since its disclosure reduces its effectiveness). It takes the form of astro turf or [...]

    7. Very informative and the only fault I can find with it is their lack of dealing (much) with the MEDIA and how it is one of the greatest influences in the misuse of scientific data. Here is a portion of a review that can be found on Powell's Books: *You think that if a scientist says so, it must be true? In the early 1990s, tobacco companies secretly paid thirteen scientists a total of $156,000 to write a few letters to influential medical journals. One biostatistician received $10,000 for writin [...]

    8. Although I rated this book only 3 stars, I believe the information is more important than that. It's just that the same dirty tricks, just used in different industries and environments, were used again and again. After a while, I skimmed. It's very detailed, which makes it a good candidate for PR and journalism students. The best take-away for me was continue to distrust corporations and go to the Center for Media and Democracy when I want to find out who's really behind a consumer-friendly soun [...]

    9. I had just moved to Washington, DC and I was a long-time reader of Tom Tomorrow's comic (This Modern World). Tom illustrated the cover, so I took that as an endorsement and bought this book.It's incredibly interesting yet incredibly dry. Definitely the kind of book that sells a couple thousand copies within the beltway and few outside of it. Still, if you want to know where the term "junk science" came from, or how good the bad guys are at getting the public to turn on science and act against th [...]

    10. Fantastic book on how the media influences public perception / opinion. Big business bribes politicians and manipulates science daily in medicine, agriculture, and technology. Once you learn how to spot propaganda, you can make better decisions that will help you live a better quality of life in all areas.This is an eye-opening book about the public relations industry and how the public is deceived daily.

    11. You won't be totally surprised to find out that people are making a lot of money by telling outrageous lies, but this book will show you how they do it for big business. The "experts" in the title are PR (public relations) specialists, aka spin doctors, who, for a fee, will set up phony front groups, create a fog of misinformation, conduct smear campaigns, and more.

    12. The next time you buy something because it's been "tested" by a scientific panel or institution, you may want to read this book.d then move to Bora Bora and go off the grid forever!! Some pretty messed up things going on under the aegis of "science". Caveat Emptor, baby!!

    13. That book was an eye opener many years ago. I never saw science and how our society prostituted it the same way after! Sadly It appeared after that it is the norm in almost everything. Economy over truth! All the time!

    14. good primer on PR industry. probably the signature text from this pair of authors, who've written number of other narrowly focused items on particular PR conduct.

    15. Good information and topic, but it's very dense and time consuming to read. It's very well researched, but most of the sources are 90s, which makes it less reliable than other, more modern, works.

    16. Manipulation is just another word for marketing! :-) Great read for looking at how far manipulative marketing techniques can go. Think black hat marketing.

    17. Not that we are naiive, but pseudoscience is a lucrative industry. Industry pays more for science than NGO's can afford in most cases.

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