Today, I walked into the bookstore of the college where I'm now working to find a book in which I have a chapter. It was the first time I'd seen the book. What a happy surprise ... and somehow a strange vindication.
So, if you're in the market for some of the most cutting edge research and writing on the corporate threat to democracy, check out [http://www.plutobooks.com/cgi-local/nplutobrows.pl?chkisbn=9780745324449&main=|Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy: Corporate PR and the Assault on Democracy] edited by William Dinan and David Miller. The book came out of a conference William and David put together in November 2004 in Glasgow, Scotland. It was a great meeting of academics and journalists from across the globe whose work focuses on the corrupting power of money in shaping public opinion and undermining democracy.
My chapter is called "Powers Behind the Throne: Washington's Top Political Strategists" and looks at former tobacco lobbyists and PR flacks gone wild with Bush money. Shocking, I know.
P.S. I should add that my old friends at the [http://www.prwatch.org|Center for Media and Democracy] are scoring wins over at the FCC against what passes for TV news these days. Check out [http://www.prwatch.org/node/6504|Four More Fines for Fake News: FCC Says VNRs Are "Valuable Consideration"] and find out how Comcast got a spanking.