In Landscapes of Capital Robert Goldman and Steven Papson examine how corporate television ads from the last fifteen years have organized predominant images, tropes and narrative representations of a world in transition. The volume takes particular interest in how relations of space, time, speed, capital, technology and globalization are narratively represented in advertising. Goldman and Papson skillfully demonstrate how Capital represents itself at a moment of critical historical transition Ð the passage into high–tech globalization and the crises associated with it. They argue that corporate ads can be read to reveal how Capital represents itself and the world that is being wrought Ð in terms of the signifiers it prefers and the stories it tells.
1.Mapping the symbolic landscape of corporate capital
2. Dreamworks of the new economy'
3. Landscapes of fictitious capital
4. The social relations of production in the network economy
5. Landscapes of speed: blurred visions of capital
6. Deterritorialized and reterritorialized: the semiotic architecture of capital
7. The cultural geography of the corporate imaginary
8. Mapping the terrain in a sign economy
"This luminous book is a gift for everyone trying to survive the terrible anti–utopia of the planetary and intergenerational Ponzi scheme of looting, mayhem, and dispossessed losers that is 21st–century capitalism. Goldman and Papson offer an inviting and accessible GPS for navigating this dangerous terrain that draws on a rich trove of images (the ads are cool!). In rigorous and compassionate analyses they brilliantly show how Capital itself has become branded to explain, as well as any book out there, the mental and material ecosystem that engendered the 2008 financial crash.". Diane Nelson, Duke University