Definition of culture jamming in English:

culture jamming


mass noun
  • The practice of criticizing and subverting advertising and consumerism in the mass media, by methods such as producing advertisements parodying those of global brands.

    • ‘I feel optimistic that Buy Nothing Day, and culture jamming in general, will become a force to be reckoned with.’
    • ‘The first time I saw it I thought, that can't be real; that has to be some particularly subtle form of culture jamming.’
    • ‘The effect of all this culture jamming (so to speak) is a world rife with contradiction, which makes perfect sense.’
    • ‘This little tweak to the tax code would have a greater impact than all of the culture jamming in the world.’
    • ‘Besides a fair bit of animosity between these camps, the only ideology bridging the spectrum of culture jamming is the belief that free speech is meaningless if the commercial cacophony has risen to the point that no one can hear you.’
    • ‘The new ethos that culture jamming taps into is go-for-the-corporate jugular.’
    • ‘And we also see how the underground hero is so obsessed with culture jamming that it has taken a toll on his marriage.’
    • ‘The connections and motivations between subjects are somewhat discontinuous, but he seems to have more in mind than a snapshot of the state of present-day culture jamming.’
    • ‘This paradox seems to run through much of the culture jamming stuff.’
    • ‘Do you have anything to add to contemporary debates on culture jamming, especially the charge that culture jamming's political power is limited by its use of logos and signs?’
    • ‘With the ease of a talented DJ, he engages in a form of culture jamming that is at once global and highly personal.’
    • ‘The point of culture jamming is to undercut the endless stream of manipulative sales pitches that come at us from all directions, wearing down the mental health of the media-saturated consumer.’
    • ‘They flood corporate or government Web sites in attempts to shut them down, or change the look of Web sites as a form of culture jamming.’
    • ‘That's that whole tradition of culture jamming.’
    • ‘It doesn't necessarily mean that you are a big fan of street puppets and culture jamming.’
    • ‘Consumers get served a punishing knockout combination by the culture jamming crew.’
    • ‘The rebirth of culture jamming has much to do with newly accessible technologies that have made both the creation and the circulation of ad parodies immeasurably easier.’
    • ‘I dispute the whole notion of culture jamming personally.’
    • ‘At its best, culture jamming homes in on the flip side of those branded emotions, and refocuses them, so that they aren't replaced with a craving for the next fashion or pop sensation but turn, slowly, on the process of branding itself.’
    • ‘They make satirical subverts instead of adverts and have turned so-called culture jamming, or putting a spanner in the spokes of the mainstream media, into a fine art.’


1990s: cultural jamming was coined in 1985 by the US band Negativland.