Sheldon Rampton


Sheldon Rampton

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name = Sheldon Rampton



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birth_date = birth date and age|1957|8|4
birth_place = Long Beach, California
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occupation = editor, author

Sheldon Rampton (born August 4, 1957) is the editor of "PR Watch", and the author of several books that criticize the public relations industry and what he sees as other forms of corporate and government propaganda.

Rampton was born in Long Beach, California. At the age of three, his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where his father worked as a musician. Raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), he spent two years in Japan as a Latter-day Saint (LDS) missionary from 1976 to 1978. Upon returning to the United States, however, he left the LDS Church, influenced in part by Mormon feminist Sonia Johnson.

As an undergraduate student at Princeton University, Rampton studied writing under Joyce Carol Oates, E. L. Doctorow and John McPhee. Upon graduation in 1982, Rampton worked as a newspaper reporter before becoming a peace activist. During the 1980s and 1990s, he worked closely with the Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua (WCCN), which opposed the Reagan administration's military interventions in Central America and works to promote economic development, human rights, and mutual friendship between the people of the United States and Nicaragua. At WCCN, Rampton helped establish the Nicaraguan Credit Alternatives Fund (NICA Fund) in 1992, which channels loans from US investors to support microcredit and other "alternative credit" programs in Nicaragua.

In 1995, Rampton teamed with John Stauber as co-editors of PR Watch, a publication of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). They have been described as liberal, [Chisun Lee, a writer for the "Village Voice", noted of Rampton and co-author John Stauber's work:

There isn't likely to be much corporate support there. These guys come from the far side of liberal. Saying so is not to detract from their exhaustively detailed reportage and calmly convincing tone; indeed, the book is generally light on rhetoric, and there's hardly a radical quoted.
Chisun Lee, [http://www.villagevoice.com/books/0115,lee2,23736,10.html "The Flack Catchers"] , "Village Voice", April 10, 2001.] and their writings are regarded by some members of the public relations industry as one-sided and hostile. ActivistCash, a website hosted by Washington lobbyist Richard Berman, has castigated them as "self-anointed watchdogs," "scare-mongers," "reckless" and "left-leaning." [ [http://www.activistcash.com/organization_overview.cfm/oid/12 Organization Overview] , ActivistCash.com website.] Rampton and Stauber have in turn argued that the ActivistCash critique contains a number of "demonstrably false" claims. [ [http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=A_Visit_to_the_ActivistCash.Com_Web_Site A Visit to the ActivistCash.com Website] , "SourceWatch" (wiki [http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=A_visit_to_the_ActivistCash.com_web_site&oldid=286006 permalink Feb. 25, 2008] ).]

Rampton is also a contributor to the Wikipedia open content project, and was the person who coined the name "Wikimedia" which later became the name of the foundation that manages Wikipedia and its sister projects. Inspired by Wikipedia's collaborative writing model, Rampton founded Disinfopedia (now known as SourceWatch), another CMD project, to complement his PR Watch work to expose deceptive and misleading public relations campaigns.fact|date=February 2008

Writings by Rampton

*With Liz Chilsen:
**"" (1987)
*With John Stauber:
** [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1567510604 Toxic Sludge Is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry] (1995)
** [http://www.prwatch.org/books/mcusa.html Mad Cow U.S.A.: Could the Nightmare Happen Here?] (1997)
** [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/158542059X Trust Us, We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles With Your Future] (2001)
** [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0965492389 Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq] (2003)
** [http://www.bananarepublicans.org/ Banana Republicans] (2004)
** [http://www.prwatch.org/tbwe/?q=books/tbwe The Best War Ever: Lies, Damned Lies, and the Mess in Iraq] (2006)

References

Footnotes

External links

* [http://www.prwatch.org PR Watch]
* [http://www.sheldonrampton.com Sheldon Rampton's home page]


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