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  • Bleak, Shallow and Repetitive - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    those of us toiling in the virtual fields are the servile peasantry selling our souls for the mind numbing comfort of an online existence Social Networking Sites SNSs promise limitless boundless friendship a phenomenon that should make us happier than ever But our optimism over connectivity has gradually morphed into cynicism and resentment It turns out virtual life is less about connectivity than self branding SNSs entice us to divulge and update stroking our fragile egos with filtered ads that utilize our personal information to reap huge profits as our hundreds of friends perpetually rate our online popularity Paranoid about how we ll be perceived we spend hour after hour trying to avoid the virtual consequences of being deemed uncool We have more to worry about than our online acquaintances deleting us after we re tagged in an unflattering photo Sites like Lamebook devoted to reposting cliché status updates and socially awkward wall exchanges humiliate those virtual personas who are unfamiliar with the web s mores and codes Bleak shallow and repetitive virtual life seems increasingly less worth living Users are beginning to realize that it s not leisure it s work that borders on servitude But there s a resistance growing among those tired of their virtual subjugation In response to the electronic world s rising indignation virtual suicide sites like seppukoo com and suicidemachine org have started a countermovement provoking users to kill their online selves and reclaim their real lives These programs assist our virtual deaths by hacking into our profiles completely annihilating our online personas and leaving no trace of our former selves behind It s social revolt for the online age a mass uprising that will shatter the virtual hierarchy and restore order to our actual lives FROM Adbusters 88 The Post Postmodernism Issue Order

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/bleak-shallow-and-repetitive/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Irene Angelopoulos, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Irene Angelopoulos Bleak Shallow and Repetitive February 16 2010 by Irene Angelopoulos Tags culture facebook 88 social networking virtual Virtual life seems increasingly less worth living 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

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/irene-angelopoulos/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Consumer Culture Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Donate Close Home Consumer Culture America s Delusions of Grandeur by Chris Hedges Superficial charm grandiosity self importance May 8 2014 A Nation of Zombies by adbusters Are you one of them November 30 2013 Boko Moko Tesch Haram by Darren Fleet Someday you too may want to join August 23 2012 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/consumer-culture/ (2016-02-09)
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  • television Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home television A Nation of Zombies by adbusters Are you one of them November 30 2013 American Psychosis by Chris Hedges What happens to a society that cannot distinguish between reality and illusion June 17 2010 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

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/television/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Sleepwalking to Extinction - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    the least we ll have to worry about Same with Obama s tough new fuel economy standards In August 2012 Obama boasted that his new Corporate Average Fuel Economy CAFE standards would double fuel efficiency over the next 13 years to 54 5 miles per gallon by 2025 up from 28 6 mpg at present cutting vehicle CO2 emissions in half so helping enormously to save the planet But as the Center for Biological Diversity and other critics have noted Obama was lying as usual First his so called tough new CAFE standards were so full of loopholes negotiated with Detroit that they actually encourage more gas guzzling not less That s because the standards are based on a sliding scale according to vehicle footprints the bigger the car the less mileage it has to get to meet its standard So in fact Obama s tough standards are surprise custom designed to promote what Detroit does best produce giant Sequoias mountainous Denalis Sierras Yukons Tundras and Ticonderogas Ram Chargers and Ford F series luxury trucks grossly obese Cadillac Escalades soccer kid Suburbans even 8 000 pound Ford Excursions and let these gross gas hogs meet the fleet standard These cars and light trucks are among the biggest selling vehicles in America today GM s Sierra is 1 and they get worse gas mileage than American cars and trucks half a century ago Cadillac s current Escalade gets worse mileage than its chrome bedecked tail fin festooned land yachts of the mid 1950s Little wonder Detroit applauded Obama s new CAFE standards instead of damning them as usual Secondly what would it matter even if Obama s new CAFE standards actually did double fleet mileage when American and global vehicle fleets are growing exponentially In 1950 Americans had one car for every three people Today we have 1 2 cars for every American In 1950 when there were about 2 6 billion humans on the planet there were 53 million cars on the world s roads about one for every 50 persons Today there are 7 billion people but more than 1 billion cars and industry forecasters expect there will be 2 to 2 5 billion cars on the world s roads by mid century China alone is expected to have a billion So at the end of the day incremental half measures like CAFE standards can t stop rising GHG missions Barring some technical miracle the only way to cut vehicle emissions is to just stop making them drastically suppress vehicle production especially of the worst gas hogs In theory Obama could simply order GM to stop building its humongous gas guzzlers and switch to producing small economy cars After all the federal government owns the company But of course how could he do any such thing Detroit lives by the mantra big car big profit small car small profit Since Detroit has never been able to compete against the Japanese and Germans in the small car market which is already glutted and nearly profitless everywhere such an order would only doom GM to failure if not bankruptcy again and throw masses of workers onto the unemployment lines So given capitalism Obama is in fact powerless He s locked in to promoting the endless growth of vehicle production even of the worst polluters and lying about it all to the public to try to patch up his pathetic legacy And yet if we don t suppress vehicle production how can we stop rising CO2 emissions In the wake of the failure of climate negotiators from Kyoto to Doha to agree on binding limits on GHG emissions exasperated British climate scientists Kevin Anderson and Alice Bows at the Tyndall Centre Britain s leading climate change research center wrote in September 2012 that we need an entirely new paradigm Government policies must radically change if dangerous climate change is to be avoided We urgently need to acknowledge that the development needs of many countries leave the rich western nations with little choice but to immediately and severely curb their greenhouse gas emissions The misguided belief that commitments to avoid warming of 2 C can still be realized with incremental adjustments to economic incentives A carbon tax here a little emissions trading there and the odd voluntary agreement thrown in for good measure will not be sufficient long term end point targets for example 80 by 2050 have no scientific basis What governs future global temperatures and other adverse climate impacts are the emissions from yesterday today and those released in the next few years And not just scientists In its latest world energy forecast released on November 12 2012 the International Energy Agency IEA warns that despite the bonanza of fossil fuels now made possible by fracking horizontal and deepwater drilling we can t consume them if we want to save the humans The climate goal of limiting global warming to 2 C is becoming more difficult and costly with each year that passes no more than one third of proven reserves of fossil fuels can be consumed prior to 2050 if the world is to achieve the 2 C goal Of course the science could be wrong about this But so far climate scientists have consistently underestimated the speed and ferocity of global warming and even prominent climate change deniers have folded their cards Still it s one thing for James Hansen or Bill McKibben to say we need to leave the coal in the hole the oil in the soil the gas under the grass to call for severe curbs in GHG emissions in the abstract But think about what this means in our capitalist economy Most of us even passionate environmental activists don t really want to face up to the economic implications of the science we defend That s why if you listen to environmentalists like Bill McKibben for example you will get the impression that global warming is mainly driven by fossi fuel powered electric power plants

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/sleepwalking-to-extinction/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Sam Kriss, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Street Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Sam Kriss The Millennial Absolution May 28 2014 by Sam Kriss Tags apocalypse crisis collapse 113 anxiety escapism Something that hasn t happened yet 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

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/sam-kriss/ (2016-02-09)
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  • John Greer, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home John Greer John Greer March 16 2014 by John Greer Tags climate change global warming Tar Sands globalization crisis 112 industrial society The predicament of industrial civilization 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

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/john-greer/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Crisis - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    virtual wealth that I carry in my wallet are a lien on real wealth in that those dollars enable me to buy pork at the store The problem that we re seeing in the US has arisen because the amount of real wealth is not a sufficient lien to guarantee the staggering outstanding debt which has exploded as a result of banks ability to create money loans given out on shaky assets and the US government s deficit which has been stoked by financing the war and recent tax cuts All of these factors are exacerbated by the compounding mechanism on debt The debt is growing and consequently it is being devalued in terms of real wealth The conventional wisdom is that when faced with the threat of recession and business failure the solution is to grow the economy so we can grow our way out of the crisis But because the wrong diagnosis is made namely that businesses are in trouble because access to credit has tightened the wrong solution is proposed Even if we could grow our way out of the crisis and delay the inevitable and painful reconciliation of virtual and real wealth there is the question of whether this would be a wise thing to do Marginal costs of additional growth in rich countries such as global warming biodiversity loss and roadways choked with cars now likely exceed marginal benefits of a little extra consumption The end result is that promoting further economic growth makes us poorer not richer The cost of feeding and caring for the extra pigs is greater than the benefit of eating extra pork To keep up the illusion that growth is making us richer we deferred costs by issuing financial assets almost without limit conveniently forgetting that these so called assets are for society as a whole debts to be paid back out of future growth of real wealth That future growth is very doubtful given the deferred real costs while the debt continues to compound to absurd levels What allowed symbolic financial assets to become so disconnected from underlying real assets First our economy is based on fiat money paper money issued by governments that has value by convention but isn t backed by any physical wealth Second our fractional reserve banking system allows pyramiding of bank money demand deposits on top of the fiat government issued currency Third buying stocks and derivatives on margin allows a further pyramiding of financial assets on top of the already multiplied money supply In addition the financial sector was very inventive in coming up with new financial instruments that were designed to circumvent government regulation of commercial banks to protect the public interest The agglomerating of mortgages of differing quality into opaque and shuffled bundles that led to the sub prime mortgage crisis should be outlawed The US balance of trade deficit has allowed us to consume as if our economy was growing real wealth instead of accumulating debt So far US trading

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/the-crisis/ (2016-02-09)
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