Stuart Ewen

Stuart Ewen

Stuart Ewen is a New York-based author, historian and lecturer on media, consumer culture and the compliance profession. He is also a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College and the City University of New York Graduate Center, in the departments of History, Sociology and Media Studies. He is married to Elizabeth Ewen, who is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of American Studies at the State University of New York at Old Westbury. As a young man, in 1964 and early '65, Ewen was a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the civil rights organization. After working as a volunteer in the Freedom House in Columbus, Mississippi, he became part of the SNCC staff, earning the standard pay of $9.66 per week. After working in Columbus, he and Isaac Coleman, who was the project director, opened up a new field office in Tupelo, Mississippi. In 1966, Ewen was one of the founding editors of an early underground newspaper, "Connections", in Madison, Wisconsin, where he was a student. Stuart Ewen,"Memoirs of a Commodity Fetishist, in "Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture, 25th Anniversary Edition." New York: Basic Books, 2001.

In 1989, his book "All Consuming Images" provided the basis for Bill Moyers' four-part award-winning series, "The Public Mind." In 2004, another of his books, "PR! A Social History of Spin", was the foundation of a four-part BBC series, "Century of the Self," produced by Adam Curtis. Ewen has become an outstanding spokesman against violations of academic freedom in the period since 9/11 and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Frederick Ewen Academic Freedom Center at NYU, which is named after his great uncle, a professor at Brooklyn College who was forced to resign after refusing to testify before HUAC.


*"Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture," New York: McGraw-Hill, 1976.
* "Mass Culture, Narcissism and the Moral Economy of War". "TELOS" 44 (Summer 1980). New York: [ Telos Press]
*"Channels of Desire: Mass Images and the Shaping of American Consciousness" (co-authored with Elizabeth Ewen), New York: McGraw-Hill, 1982.
*"All Consuming
Basic Books, 1988.
*"PR!: A Social History of Spin," New York: Basic Books, 1996.
*"The New Media Reader: Introduction to Media Studies Critical Texts", Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001. ISBN 0-618-15230-X
*"Typecasting: On the Arts and Sciences of Human Inequality" (co-authored with Elizabeth Ewen), New York: Seven Stories Press, 2006. ISBN 1-58322-735-0
*"Typecasting: On the Arts and Sciences of Human Inequality: Revised Edition" (co-authored with Elizabeth Ewen), New York: Seven Stories Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1583227763

External links

* [ "Public Relations: Corporate Spin and Propaganda"] An interview with Stuart Ewen by David Barsamian, "Z Magazine," May 2000.
* [ "The Stay Free Interview" Part I] Stuart Ewen talks with Stay Free magazine about his history of hype, the public relations industry, saving the planet, etc.
* [ "Stereotype and Society"] Informative, sometimes humorous website expanding on issues raised in Ewen and Ewen's "Typecasting, On the Arts and Sciences of Human Inequality."

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