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  • A Smaller and Smaller Imagination - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    will clean air smell like In the future what will be a beautiful sunset In the future what will it mean to be rich FROM Adbusters 113 Rewild the Child Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest The Baseline Shift Seeing Beyond Also In This Magazine Play Jazz Improvise the Carnival of Delight August 18 2014 Zimbabwe The ecopolitics beneath the world s hottest conflict June 21

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  • Humanity Is In A Perilous Situation - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    war might break out unexpectedly and bring about the complete annihilation of humanity and the destruction of the earth No The approaching tide of technological revolution could so captivate bewitch dazzle and beguile humanity that calculative thinking may someday come to be accepted and practiced as the only way of thinking And then Then humanity would have denied and thrown away its own special nature that we are meditative beings Therefore the issue is the saving of humanity s essential nature Therefore the issue is keeping meditative thinking alive FROM Adbusters 107 The Big Ideas of 2012 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Why Stop Now This Machine Causes Global Warming Also In This Magazine Aware The decoupling of intelligence from consciousness August 28 2015 You Cyborg The other day I bought the finishing piece to my newest ensemble the watch I ve already got the glasses the smartphone the tablet and most of my clothes are tailored August 26 2015 Never without control I can control the sum totality of my existence which is my home Everything in it can be observed August 10 2015 Content Cravings Every morning I get up at around five

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  • The Obliteration Room - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    personal and communal liberation She broke down barriers between the public and the private the mental and the physical What began with the obliteration of her own personhood and learned subjectivity turned in the 21st century to an attack on the mental architecture of our global environments The obliteration room is a typical generalized and homogenous American home the kind of interior you pick up at a big box store Each person who enters into her installation is given a set of colored stickers and they go about abstracting and flattening the mental architecture of the space In doing so they engage in a communal process that expands the value of the individual in action The space is abstracted flattened obliterated Kusama s method can be used to obliterate banks gas stations supermarkets the White House whatever FROM Adbusters 122 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 5 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Our march of progress has hit the wall The monotony of sleep and sleeplessness Also In This Magazine The monotony of sleep and sleeplessness In its repetition and unconcealment it is one of the unvanquishable remnants of the everyday October 28 2015 Remember me

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/the-obliteration-room/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Satori Generation - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    drive There was some polite giggling from the guests After a pause the younger man said I m really not interested no Critics of the satori youths level the kinds of intergenerational accusations time honored worldwide they re lazy lacking in willpower potency and drive Having lectured to a number of them at several universities in Tokyo I was able to query students directly We re risk averse was the most common response We were raised in relative comfort We re just trying to keep it that way Is this enlightened or resigned Or both Novelist Genichiro Takahashi 63 addressed the matter in an essay 10 years ago He called the new wave of youth a generation of loss but he defined them as the world s most advanced phenomenon in his view a generation whose only desires are those that are actually achievable The satori generation are known for keeping things small preferring an evening at home with a small gathering of friends for example to an upscale restaurant They create ensemble outfits from so called fast fashion discount stores like Uniqlo or H M instead of purchasing top shelf at Louis Vuitton or Prada They don t even booze They drink much less alcohol than the kids of my generation for sure says social critic and researcher Mariko Fujiwara of Hakuhodo And even when they go to places where they are free to drink drinking too much was never cool for them the way it was for us Fujiwara s research leads her to define a global trend youth who have the technological tools to avoid being duped by phony needs There is a new breed of young people she says who have outdone the tricksters of advertising They are prudent and careful about what they buy They have been informed about the expensive top brands of all sorts of consumer goods but were never so impressed by them like those from the bubble generation We have identified them as those who are far more levelheaded than the generations preceding them as a result of the new reality they came to face The new reality is affecting a new generation around the world Young Americans and Europeans are increasingly living at home saving money and living prudently Technology as it did in Japan abets their shrinking circles If you have internet access you can accomplish a lot in a little room And revolution in the 21st century as most young people know is not about consumption it s about sustainability Waseda University professor Norihiro Kato points to broader global phenomena that have radically transformed younger generations sense of possibility calling it a shift from the infinite to the finite Kato cites the Chernobyl meltdown and the fall of communism in the late 1980s and early 90s the September 11 terrorist attacks in the early 2000s and closer to home the triple earthquake tsunami and ongoing nuclear disasters in Japan These events reshaped our sense of wisdom and self

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  • Roland Kelts, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    the shadows of the virtual Japanese Simplicity August 25 2009 by Roland Kelts Tags culture japan 83 The only way to leave a smaller footprint would be to die The Soul of Japan August 10 2009 by Roland Kelts Tags America japan Western Japan s crisis is not political but psychological Dame Ren No Good People March 19 2009 by Roland Kelts Tags capitalism japan A glimpse into Japan s

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  • Aokigahara - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    not only Aokigahara which has become synonymous with suicide Suicide looms large in the national reputation more generally from the Samurai warrior to the Kamikaze pilot Today Japan has one of the highest suicide rates of any country tripling that of the UK and doubling that of the US But the reasons as to why this might be remain as enigmatic and elusive as the shadows which flicker and dance in the Suicide Forest itself The phenomenon of Karoshi which literally translates as death from overwork is intimately related to that of suicide The concept itself seems to have gained real purchase in Japanese cultural life from the spate of law suits which have been opened up by the bereaved families of those extinguished prematurely by crushing work schedules to the more macabre event of Karoshi computer gaming where the goal is to work your on screen digital avatar toward a fantasy expiration Government figures suggest that out of 2 207 work related suicides in 2007 the underlying motivation for 672 of them was overwork while an article for RTT news suggests that in 2008 health problems including work related depression accounted for 47 of suicides in Japan Of course the latter statistic is also premised on the burgeoning crest of a global economic crisis but that by no means negates the validity of what has been said if anything it serves to bolster it In fact a Japanese businessman is more likely to take his life than his Western counterpart because the stifling claustrophobia which the external demands of capitalist crisis creates is often supplemented by an acute inward awareness of shafu of company spirit and the feeling that despite his best efforts he has in some way betrayed it But there is a flip side to the coin

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  • Substitute Girlfriend - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Some students at the University of Tsukuba have developed a new machine that can give you hugs whenever you want one Called the Raiju Coat Fulfillment Coat the machine simulates the feeling when a girl hugs a guy around the waist from behind Well at least that s what these students were trying to achieve with just two robotic pincers and a pre recorded voice to complete the hugging experience The jacket has motors attached to its back to operate the arms which are controlled through a computer using a USB connection The wearer of the jacket has to put on headphones to hear the recorded sound of footsteps running from behind and a voice then says these pre recorded sentences I m sorry were you waiting Watch your back in a cute way Guess who and Blind side then followed by the robotic hug FROM Adbusters 108 Summer Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest 10 Easy Pieces Here comes the 1000 year dark age Also In This Magazine The Obliteration Room Yayoi Kusama breaks down the mental architecture of our global environment October 15 2015 Care and isolation Feet are the interface between the earth

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  • What’s Wrong with Being No. 2? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    era in the 1860s when Japan opened and with the exception of the war even though we Japanese were pretty poor we always hoped that the next generation would be living a better life But nowadays we know that the economy will be never as good as it was People talk about the disappearance of the grand story or the big answer When we were young we thought that some kind of political or cultural philosophy would provide an answer about how to live But after postmodernism everything became relative and things are relative now And young people even though they don t know anything about postmodernism know instinctively that nobody or nothing will provide them an answer about big questions like how to live Shibata is articulating a crisis of civilization that seems especially pronounced in Japan partly because the nation advanced so rapidly in a relatively short time but also because its current threats are so perplexing How could a nation so materially rich and highly educated the official Japanese literacy rate hovers at 99 percent be so ill equipped to confront the challenges of the future The face of Japan in the rest of the developed world is one of enervation and inaction passivity borne out of boredom and bafflement My students materially live a better life than almost anyone in the world Shibata adds But having hope or having anxiety is not really a matter of what you have You can be quite hopeful without having anything And you can be quite anxious about your future even though you have plenty of things right here and right now Less than a week after news of China s ascent seemed to signal Japan s retreat an op ed article appeared in the New York Times called Japan and the Ancient Art of Shrugging Its author literary critic and Waseda University Professor Norihiro Kato shifted the tone of the global media narrative with a deft gesture that felt to me both arresting and true When he first read that China had overtaken Japan as the world s second largest economy Kato wrote that he reacted with a sigh of relief Freshly overtaken by China Japan now seems to stand at the vanguard of a new downsizing movement leading the way for countries bound sooner or later to follow in its wake In similarly calm evenhanded tones Kato explained to me over lunch in New York that the character of Japan has been deformed by its efforts to sustain growth at all costs He uses a native metaphor the unevenness of one shoulder up and one down what is called in Japanese migi kata agari a graph that records only growth to suggest that Japan s postwar economic bubble was an aberration a sign of illness The relief I felt had something to do with the person Japan I saw there no longer so awkwardly bent Finally we know where Japan stands on level ground Kato went so far as to praise young Japanese for their apparent withdrawal from global economic standards The very isolationism and passivity bemoaned by social scientists and economists alike in the face of a critical historical moment strikes Kato as a kind of 21st century sophistication Young people have grown less interested in studying foreign languages he writes They seem not to feel the urge to grow outward Look they say Japan is a small country And we re OK with small It is perhaps a sort of maturity Kato s article was attacked from both left and right Leftists in Japan and elsewhere in Asia and the West claimed he was once again promoting Japan as a superior model Japan as No 1 in the face of economic decline Rightists claimed that he was selling Japan short ridiculing his homeland s ultimate demise Pity Japan was the title of an opinion story in the Economist specifically targeting Kato s New York Times editorial bemoaning his embrace of sustainability over constant growth After hammering Kato for prizing maturity and selflessness the Economist writer sniffs This is one of the saddest things I ve read in a long time Some people called me a nationalist Kato told me in New York smiling and yes shrugging They said I was claiming Japan would be No 1 again Stimulated by Kato s suggestion that Japan s malaise might be instead a model of modesty I met with him to find out what he was trying to say about relief and acceptance and how Japan might show us strategies for endurance in a limited world I do think the stable 200 years of the Edo period 17th to 19th century Japan can be a kind of lesson for globalization Kato says But the weak point is desire Edo people weren t really happy We need to discover how to be happy with limited resources Starting in the 19th century with the reign of the Meiji Emperor Japan expanded territorially and economically he writes But before that the country went through a 250 year period of comparative isolation and very limited economic growth The experience of rapid growth is a relatively new phenomenon for us Japan remembers what it is like to be old to be quiet and to turn inward Turning inward is an unspoken taboo in the 21st century with its trumpeted benefits of an inevitably globalized marketplace But what if the so called pathologies of modern Japan its apparent inertia solipsism and inward focused Galápagos syndrome strategies turn out to be at least in part pragmatic responses to a future of limited resources Junko Edahiro an environmental activist writer and cofounder of Japan For Sustainability believes that Japan may be the ideal nation to represent a new paradigm De ownership demonetization de materialism she writes are the dominant behaviors of young Japanese Edahiro sees the new Japan as an ideal testing ground for concepts that remove the individual from structures of sheer consumption I personally have

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