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  • Fictitious lives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    constant sating of the base desires We are raised in this reality so its contours are invisible to us We see each moment but fail to see the unifying thread the alienation of humanity from nature the ills of domestication the dependence of humans upon technological death machines to survive and a growing inability of these generations of young humans now in possession of the planet to connect to it in any living way We have lost our ability to experience the grander trends as revealed through the almighty Moment We cling to our petty satisfactions as a paddler fallen from a canoe clings to the rocks We do not dare to imagine a life without pizza ice cream microwaves transportation convenience comfort ease The 21st century has been too kind to us so far It holds new horizons for us as an übersoul and as an überspecies but it remains pregnant with disaster There must be wars Great Wars which span all frontiers in which all are embroiled in conflict the inner war spilling out into our long abandoned commons opening up doorways between men and women to converse freely tearing down walls between minds and bodies flesh and the soul Bottles will be uncorked and men in pajamas will run terrified and buoyant through the streets If there is not madness there will be blood midnight rivers of blood rushing mad like the Mississippi through the markets of the world stampeding through those who stand still toppling those who once towered above the meek and lowly lifting the strong and light buoying them up on its terrible tide FROM Adbusters 91 The Revolution Issue Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest The Pharaoh Must Fall Memories of the Nakba Also In This Magazine Why so

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  • What Does It Mean to Be Free? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    years consumption in America went up by 300 percent and the American dream devolved into an insatiable colony of hungry ghosts If you scratch just beneath the surface of our ecological and economic crises you ll find a crisis at the core of consciousness a diseased way of life and sense of self a cultural crisis of freedom without responsibility run amok Now with the world s natural capital largely consumed and the climatic tipping point approaching fast we re in for a massive reappraisal of what individual freedom and the pursuit of happiness are really all about Is every person on the planet entitled to glide around in a ton of metal air conditioning blasting gasoline burning Does every human being on Earth have the right to a fridge a flush toilet hot running water and a car ONE STANDARD FOR ALL Here s the 64 billion apocalypse now question that Copenhagen failed to answer Should the right to emit greenhouse gases be shared equally by all people on Earth Known in diplomatic circles as the per capita principle this universal one standard for all principle has long been insisted upon by China India Brazil and most other developing nations Applying this principle would allow each of the planet s seven billion people an annual emissions quota of 2 7 tons of carbon dioxide That s harsh news for Americans and Canadians who currently emit 20 tons per person Europeans who emit 9 tons Australians who emit 18 tons and Japanese who emit 9 tons So will we the rich and powerful nations abide by this principle Do we have the self discipline and spiritual fortitude to radically shrink our footprints Will Al Gore move into a hut will Bill and Melinda Gates move out of their 70 000

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  • Joel Bakan: The Panopticon - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Foucault argued because it did not have to be exercised by guards and prison authorities Inmates themselves became the bearers of power within a structure that had the effect of creating and sustaining a power relation independent of the person who exercises it The Panopticon is helpful for understanding the new power and possibilities of social media for kid marketers On social media people influence people according to Mark Zuckerberg founder and CEO of Facebook It s no longer just about messages broadcasted out by companies but increasingly about information shared between friends Social network friends market to each other in other words as viral tactics also known as word of mouth and buzz tactics seamlessly weave brands and commercial messages into communications among them Users become fans and friends of brands and get their friends to do the same they share across their networks branded contests quizzes games applications and widgets mini applications whose viral power makes them according to one industry insider possibly the highest expression so far of online marketing in the post advertising age They create branded videos songs stories poems and photographs at company websites and virally distribute them to friends And these are just a few examples from a huge and growing array of viral strategies Marketing as marketing disappears within the viral networks of social media platforms Boundaries are broken down between marketers and kids as kids market to each other between content and advertising as advertising now infuses rather than interrupts content and between kids lives and entertainment as their lives now become the content of that entertainment It is truly the perfection of marketers power Kids like the prisoners in the Panopticon now bear the power marketing holds over them and the marketers like the Panopticon s guards drop from view

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  • Joel Bakan, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Street Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Joel Bakan Joel Bakan The Panopticon January 4 2012 by Joel Bakan Tags 99 facebook marketing Panopticon surveillance youth Power of the new media Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological physical and cultural environments by commercial forces About Submissions

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  • Keys to a Broken Nation - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    formed the ideological basis for the society are failing to cohere The new reality the reality of failure cannot be integrated into the old symbolic order Just as the nation s new program reveals itself as an unmythical unmagical struggle for brute survival its past doctrine sharpens in the rear view mirror expropriation of natural resources That has been our real program It is a game we will never win again and in fact must lose if we are to survive In a Ponzi scheme early investors reap rewards while later investors are shafted Western economies fueled by debt and unlimited consumption of limited resources are Ponzi economies and will sooner or later collapse under their own weight The victims of this scheme are the young That this is perfectly foreseeable has not made it preventable The collapse of the system is far outpacing the thought or work of any of the interested parties We acknowledge on the one hand the inevitability of the fall of the current economic model and on the other hand the apparent impossibility of collective revolutionary action As a result of this contradiction the main characteristic at all levels of society is confusion and an acutely felt need for unconsciousness Some look to electoral politics for a way forward but there too the leadership is failing Lost in imagery and the critique of imagery we have failed to notice that no party has acknowledged the real threats to our security rising seas permanent war depleted resources and a bankrupt central government let alone put forward any strategy for addressing them Politics is pretend We live in a state of permanent falsification our starkest fear that we will collectively awaken to reality as it is To speak the truth is to sound insane George Orwell once

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  • Skylar Fein, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Street Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Skylar Fein Keys to a Broken Nation July 22 2010 by Skylar Fein Tags 91 youth revolution leadership The explosive potential of awakened youth Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological physical and cultural environments by commercial forces About Submissions

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  • iHUMAN - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    But I am convinced that a small nation state of psychologists needs to research these worlds because they are much like the New World the Americas in the late 1400s Something big is about to happen there new economies social interactions education and ways of living It might sound implausible but I think we have another 50 years before this virtual continent starts seriously impacting how you and I live The most glaring effect is the neglect of traditional face to face communication Young digital natives are training their brains for technological expertise but are not developing neural networks that modulate the ability to maintain eye contact during a conversation recognize non verbal cues and perceive and convey empathy Yes there is a strong connection but which came first Did the destruction of nature cause game developers and special effects wizards to want to create new and fantastic worlds Or has the rise of sophisticated digital imagery immersive virtual reality and augmented reality caused us to devalue real nature and thus destroy it The irony is that cutting edge technologies are being used to create pastoral environments like the Shire in The Lord of the Rings both in Peter Jackson s movies and the online role playing game which appear to be lush and untouched by the dirty hands of humankind Ethan Gilsdorf author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players Online Gamers and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms www fantasyfreaksbook com We are demystifying the world via technology GPS Google Earth etc digesting it through images and assumptions of access Less and less do we labor in ways that bind us to our environment We have outsourced the physical world made it a kind of recreation area I m talking about the privileged West here A whole generation of kids spends more time playing games in virtual environments than on terra firma How can our post postmodern ways of living not modify our assumptions about nature as the basis of all things the mother SB It will be a bunch of folks who have no sense of the sublime A glimpse of the Pacific Ocean won t impress much nor will a gaze upward at El Capitan People will sit in Yosemite Valley with a Blackberry handy take a picture of Half Dome and send it to one hundred buddies Think of the amazing visual delights offered by Avatar a movie being seen by millions of people around the world How can a humble home village let alone the average two week vacation compare with that virtual experience It s possible to imagine a new generation of tourists who skip backpacking in Europe because infinite and safer pleasures can be had by tapping at keyboards I wonder and worry if someday we ll forget to value the experience of walking of feeling our body s interactions with the ground wind rain and gravity If the natural world is devalued then it follows

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  • The Politics of Youth - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    last ten years I think this younger generation s ability to dispense with notions of purity moral and political purity is one element that marks an advance with respect to the activists of the 60s Contemporary activists have been able to recognize how political struggle has to be a joyful operation Their actions involve a new kind of relationship to pleasure and desire by translating them into events that are sometimes carnivalesque and sometimes theatrical There has also been significant decentralization and democratization within the movements themselves It seems to me that the young activists that I ve met in North America Europe and elsewhere all understand the important relationship between affect and activism In other words the young activists of today have completely dispelled an older notion of the serious and suffering ascetic and often sad concept of political militancy They recognize that an important aspect of political activism is the joy of struggle itself the joy of political activism and the joy of communities that are constructed through political activism Obama s election is of course not the end of political struggle or the end of modes of resistance That is obvious What it does mark is a new context in which struggles can be more rational and more productive The hope is that we won t have to engage with the most obvious and stupid struggles anymore like we had to against the Bush regime You know the quality of one s enemy has something to do with making one more or less intelligent And I think that struggling against Bush made us stupid Because we had to struggle against the most obvious of things against torture against the occupation in Iraq I hope that we don t have to struggle against these in the years to

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