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On propaganda and fiction

The Tyee has a piece suggesting that Michael Crichton’s State of Fear – an action thriller based on the premise that environmentalists are misinformed at best and downright sinister at worst – could herald a whole new genre of “propaganda” novel. From that opening, though, the piece weirdly segues into a discussion of product placement on TV shows like American Idol and 24, before getting back to books by suggesting some hypothetical projects that could be written with corporate sponsorship in mind. “For the forest industry client: a romance novel in which a beautiful, committed environmentalist falls in love with a logger. They clash at first, but soon she learns that people working in the forest industry are the true environmentalists as they live on and care for the land.”

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