- Stuart Ewen
Stuart Ewen is a New York-based author,
historianand lecturer on media, consumer culture and the compliance profession. He is also a Distinguished Professorat Hunter Collegeand the City University of New York Graduate Center, in the departments of History, Sociologyand 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:
* "Mass Culture, Narcissism and the Moral Economy of War". "TELOS" 44 (Summer 1980). New York: [http://www.telospress.com Telos Press]
*"Channels of Desire: Mass Images and the Shaping of American Consciousness" (co-authored with Elizabeth Ewen), New York: McGraw-Hill, 1982.
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
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20070502223132/http://www.zmag.org/zmag/articles/barsamianewenmay2000.htm "Public Relations: Corporate Spin and Propaganda"] An interview with Stuart Ewen by
David Barsamian, " Z Magazine," May 2000.
* [http://www.stayfreemagazine.org/archives/14/ewen1.html "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.
* [http://stereotypeandsociety.typepad.com "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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