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Issue No. 05 - September-October (2004 vol. 2)
ISSN: 1540-7993
pp: 57-59
Marc Donner , Associate Editor in Chief
One of the special pleasures of the Harry Potter stories is their send-up of modern consumer culture--from Bertie Botts' Every Flavour Beans (and they do mean every flavor) to Chocolate Frogs, which come complete with a collectible card featuring a celebrity witch or wizard. Potter's creator, J.K. Rowling, pokes fun at contemporary marketing and advertising with tongue-in-cheek warmth that manages to make her simultaneously attractive to Madison Avenue and the rest of us--a remarkable achievement. Max Barry's Jennifer Government, the satirical successor to his well-received first novel Syrup, takes a different angle on the consumer-marketing-gone-mad theme.
science fiction, consumer

M. Donner, "Jennifer Government," in IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 2, no. , pp. 57-59, 2004.
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