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Authenticity is a Con (Provocations Series)

Authenticity is a Con (Provocations Series)

Peter York

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An ambitious new series that tackles the controversy of the topics explored with a mixture of intelligence and forthright argument from some excellent writers. The Observer

The idea of authenticity – deliciously vague and as ubiquitous as Starbucks – has hit the spot in almost every sector of 21st-century life. But can we trust the authentic image of Nigel ‘man-of-the-people’ Farage, Sarah ‘hockey mom’ Palin or Gwyneth ‘inner life’ Paltrow?

Are punk bands, distressed denim and rustic furniture really as spontaneous as people seem to think? Is bare-brick Shoreditch just one big authenticity scam? From motivational speakers to PR consultants, music entrepreneurs to devoted foodies, bearded hipsters to earnest YouTubers – and, yes, politicians too – ‘authentic’ has become the buzzword of our age.

But, as Peter York has discovered, its meaning has changed and become corrupted: every advertising agency, micro-connoisseur and charlatan going has re-tooled the language of authenticity for our changing market and it is now practically impossible for us to differentiate between authentic and ‘authentic’. Drawing on witty anecdotes and analysing various spheres of everyday life, Peter has set out to uncover the truth behind authenticity – the ultimate con of our generation.

Provocations is a groundbreaking new series of short polemics composed by some of the most intriguing voices in contemporary culture and edited by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. Sharp, intelligent and controversial, Provocations provides insightful contributions to the most vital discussions in society today.

Additional Information

Author Peter York
Publisher Biteback
Publication date 27 Nov 2014
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781849547871

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