Saturday, August 19, 2006

Culture of Life / Culture of Death: The Scent of Fear article in the new Adbusters issue

For perfumers and perfume-lovers alike, the fear-driven regulations that arise regarding using perfumes is a true threat to their freedom and self-expression (and also, theoretically still, a threat to the viability of the perfume business in the future).

This new issue of Adbusters Magazine features an article title "The Scent of Fear" by the magazine's senior editor Clayton Dach. The article debates the topic of allergens, perfumes, some of the motives/interests of the perfume industry and other organizations, and sheds light on the issue of how much can one expect from the environment (both nature and the people around them) to change itself for one's own convenience and comfort, and also tackle some issues of natural and synthetic materials.

I was extremely impressed with the objectivity of the article - that is what journalism is all about! It is an intelligent, in-depth look at those issues, and is non-biased and thought-provoking and genuine.

The issue is available in selected newstands and bookstores world wide, and unfortunately there is no online version of this article (though you can preview another article online on this page).

This issue is titles Culture of Life / Culture of Death and is double sided... It is visually startling and very well made in the Adbusters tradition. It is well worth getting a print of this issue, if you can. If you can't find it in your country, you can subscribe or purchase the magazines online. For more information about Adbusters visit

p.s. I have a soft spot for Adbusters for their critical thinking and powerfully designed projects and media/educational campaigns, and also because I know personally quite a few people that worked with them, including my devoted graphic designer (who also is the brain behind the angel-devil businessman logo for The Corporation).

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At August 20, 2006 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knowing a friend who could die from exposure to certain perfumes and being cursed with the fact that the only thing I can smell in most scents is a disgusting, eye watering carrier, I think some sort of regulation might be in order. Then maybe I could actually enjoy the stuff, since I’ve found no problem with alcohol based scents sold in hippy healthy-beauty shops.

At August 21, 2006 9:02 PM, Blogger katiedid said...

It amuses me somehow that the culture of life is signified visually with ice cream sprinkles :)

Sounds like an unusual article (for mainstream press, anyhow) to read. I'll have to see if I can spot the issue at one of the million-odd bookstores scattered around here.

At August 21, 2006 10:49 PM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

Phia, there is regulation in the perfume industry, but when it comes to allergies and to "environmental sensitivities", it is much more complicated than just eliminating this or that element from a product. I really recommend reading the arcitle to have a bit of perspective over the issue.

At August 21, 2006 11:02 PM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

Katie, I wouldn't call Adbusters a mainstream magazine!
The content of the "Culture of Life" side of the issue is not all that cheerful, with articles titled "Capitalizm 3.0", "Post-Pythagorean Economics" and "The Moral Rigthness of War"; Only stlightly more cheerful titles than "Suicide Nation", "Fortress America" and "The Scent of Fear" that appear on the "Culture of Death" side of this Adbusters issue. It's really mind-gobbling, in the classic Adbusters' thought-provoking way.

Good luck finding the magazine! If you have trouble finding it, you can always order it online directly from the source... I think it might be even sold on as well.


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