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  • Title: Divining Desire: Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation
  • Author: Liza Featherstone
  • ISBN: 9781682191064
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Paperback
  • Over the course of the last century, the focus group has become an increasingly vital part of the way companies and politicians sell their products and policies Few areas of life, from salad dressing to health care legislation to our favorite TV shows, have been left untouched by the questions put to controlled groups about what they do and don t like Divining Desire isOver the course of the last century, the focus group has become an increasingly vital part of the way companies and politicians sell their products and policies Few areas of life, from salad dressing to health care legislation to our favorite TV shows, have been left untouched by the questions put to controlled groups about what they do and don t like Divining Desire is the first ever popular survey of this rich topic.In a lively, sweeping history, Liza Featherstone traces the surprising roots of the focus group in early twentieth century European socialism, its subsequent use by the Mad Men of Madison Avenue, and its widespread deployment today She also explores such famous failures of the method as the doomed launch of the Ford Edsel with its vagina shaped radiator grille, and the even ill fated attempt to introduce a new flavor of Coca Cola which prompted street protests from devotees of the old formula.As elites have become increasingly detached from the general public, they rely ever on focus groups, whether to win votes or to sell products And, in a society where many feel increasingly powerless, the focus group has at least offered the illusion that ordinary people will be listened to and that their opinions count Yet, it seems the we are consulted, the less power we have That paradox is particularly stark today, when everyone can post an opinion on social media our 24 hour focus group yet only plutocrats can shape policy.In telling this fascinating story, Featherstone raises profound questions about democracy, desire and the innermost workings of consumer society.
    Divining Desire Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation Over the course of the last century the focus group has become an increasingly vital part of the way companies and politicians sell their products and policies Few areas of life from salad dressing

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