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  • #79 Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    and sweaty palms I hated so much are starting to return and I think of the Ativan in the car with its promise of no more questions My heart is beating fast enough for me to remember how much I hated having to be aware of it every hour of every day until I took the Ativan and I could forget about it September 11 2008 Most Wanted War Criminals by adbusters Profiles of the most infamous war criminals of our time Bush Cheney Rumsfeld and Aschroft September 9 2008 The Twin Towers of Civilization by Kalle Lasn At the height of the uprising people marched in Bonn Rome London Tokyo New York and dozens of other cities around the world students in universities revolted September 5 2008 Economic Money Games by Osamu Shimomura There is a danger that people will simply charge ahead unheeding assuming that America s economic problems will disappear and clinging to the delusion that everything will be all right in the end since America is strong and God is on our side September 4 2008 Micro Costs of War by adbusters These costs are real and are not going away You can t continue to

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  • counterculture Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home counterculture Hipster The Dead End of Western Civilization by Douglas Haddow Counterculture has mutated into a self obsessed aesthetic vacuum stripped of its subversion and originality July 29 2008 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

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  • Perpetual War - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    causes and potential solutions yet artists have largely remained silent and seemingly disinterested The most obvious reason why artists have glossed over the issue comes down to the current state of the market Crisis or no crisis business has never been better and art has become the ultimate form of conspicuous consumption A shining example of this philosophical disarray is For the Love of God Damien Hirst s platinum dipped human skull outfitted with 8 601 flawless pavé diamonds At once an ironic jab at what art has become and a calculated attempt to manipulate his own self worth Hirst reportedly sold the skull for a 100 million cash in hand Although the skull is not without its obvious ethical complications its creation and success reflects the nihilistic disposition of the art world s newest and most influential players the business elite Hoarding art not for art s sake or personal fascination this newly dominant breed of collector views a work in the same vein as tradable stocks appreciating assets that conveniently double as potential conversation pieces So how can today s artists escape the vacuity of a culture corrupted by financial speculation and reassert their position as civilization s radical reformers Groups like No 9 Contemporary Art The Environment point us in the right direction A curatorial agency that holds the belief that contemporary art can stimulate positive social and environmental change No 9 produces artistic projects aimed at inspiring public discussion on global warming One such project is Icelandic Love Corporation Dynasty a series of photographs and video that imagines a near future where cold weather has become a luxury prompting rich tourists to travel to Iceland in order to experience the world s last bit of melting winter Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest What You Don t Know

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  • design Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    freedom there May 19 2009 Susan Sontag by Caroline E Winter When the life Sontag loved fell away and the death she feared took over relaxation set into her body for the first time a smile appeared on her lips and her brow unfurled August 5 2008 Psychodesign by Sarah Nardi What if design stood up for itself What if instead of bowing immediately to our demands design gently pushed

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  • Damien Hirst Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Donate Close Home Damien Hirst It sold millions by adbusters The cry of the artist in an age of commoditization June 25 2015 Perpetual War by Douglas Haddow London is entombed in ice New York submerged underwater and Paris burnt to a crisp But the artists remain silent June 20 2008 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover

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  • Cockroach Herding - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    then placed four of the robot roaches into the arena and allowed the two groups to mingle and become acquainted After the living roaches warmed up and befriended their artificial counterparts the group then programmed the robots to graze in the area with more light Although cockroaches are instinctively drawn to the darker of the two areas they were unable to resist the impulse to imitate and ultimately follow their cockroach smelling robotic friends into the light Herding A team of marketing specialists have recently figured out how to effectively influence the social patterns of Manhattan s most trend savvy demographic the hipster Utilizing elements of guerilla methodology in conjunction with a strong understanding of cultural capital the team successfully interloped the Lower East Side s vibrant nightlife and established an intimate venue where they could easily manipulate young consumers The team engineered a recurring premeditated non event in which they would hang out on a street bench located in front of New York s most prominent American Apparel branch Initially they were able to attract the interest of passing youths because of their status as minor celebrities within the city s taste making elite but over time The Bench also known as the anti scene grew to become a hyper local social phenomenon and quickly developed a reputation as a cool alternative to neighborhood bars and clubs Positive media publicity further popularized The Bench and soon enough the surrounding sidewalk was packed with thronging youths eager to hang out at New York s newest and freshest night spot Although youth are supposed to be resistant to social control they were unable to resist the impulse to imitate and ultimately follow their marketing savvy friends into the light of American Apparel Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest The Pain of Others Banksy

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  • Why Can't I Feel What I See? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    and emotive functions also extend to the prefrontal cortex which controls our thought processes It is this accumbens striatal cortical network the crucial system that links movement emotion and thinking that has been dubbed the effort driven rewards circuit This effort driven rewards circuit is a proposed neuroanatomical network that underlies most symptoms associated with depression It is actually possible to correlate every symptom of depression with a brain part on this circuit Loss of pleasure The nucleus accumbens Sluggishness and slow motor responses The striatum Negative feelings The limbic system Poor concentration The prefrontal cortex The brain is also programmed to derive a deep sense of satisfaction and pleasure if physical effort produces something tangible visible and necessary for survival So if I go out in the field and harvest my own food my effort driven rewards circuit will be stimulated causing neurogenesis the production of new brain cells which is believed to be an important factor in recovering from depression Unfortunately I have no field to harvest But surely there must be some other means to labor my way to happiness Apparently the key factor in the effort driven rewards scenario is the use of the hands Our hands are so important that moving them activates larger areas of the brain s cortex than moving much larger parts of our bodies like our back or legs What if I were to try constructing some of my own possessions building some of that observable proof of happiness that Baudrillard talks about My grandfather worked as a craftsman his whole life building and upholstering furniture Instead of harvesting food he produced objects I considered trying something similar perhaps by going to work in a factory But then I read Guy Debord who claimed that the general separation of worker and product tends to eliminate any direct personal communication between the producers and any comprehensive sense of what they are producing Coincidentally my grandfather made furniture for people he knew Most of his work was commissioned he designed a unique product for a specific need If I were to work in a factory I would be assembling mass produced goods for anonymous consumers The fruits of my labor would no doubt be added to the crowded apartment of some other melancholic modern soul This is what Debord calls the vicious circle of isolation Unlike people of my generation who are increasingly defined by their possessions my grandfather never owned much But he never complained about not having because he was too busy being Perhaps I m unhappy because my concerns are reversed I m too worried about having to focus on being Human fulfillment is no longer equated with what I am but with what I possess Debord says this is the second stage of modernization in which social life becomes so completely dominated by accumulated products that it causes a shift from having to appearing wherein all having must now derive its immediate prestige from appearances So all I need

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  • What Would the Buddha Buy? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    from frantic holiday shopping the shopocalypse as Reverend Billy calls it Recall how the Buddha s monasteries served as a kind of buffer zone between the ancient traditions of agrarian culture and the fierce competition of the newly emerging market economy These days engaged Buddhist sanghas play a similar role They believe that we are again at a turning point a new Axial Age an opportunity to turn the Wheel of Dharma Without pie charts sustainability statistics or solemn computation of your ecological footprint Gandhi said it all There is enough for human need not for human greed And as for greed sad and sorry mindless addicted grasping greed the Buddha knows it beckons us with all its tempting lures The Buddha s critique of mindless craving and needless suffering pinpoints the precise moment during which real pleasure becomes abstract desire the want to want In our addictive culture of capitalism it s the exact same vital acupressure point that our basic market economy capitalizes on Don t get hooked the Buddha says Remember the hungry ghost craving more and more of what can never satisfy With Dharma a marketplace can be seen as an opportunity to practice mindfulness rather than mindless consumption Nothing exotic we do it every day In each advertisement and at each potential point of purchase is a karmic choice the opportunity to practice wise compassion for the universal human condition The bodhisattva shopper vows to consider all beings Neither capitalism nor socialism has prevented children from starving in Somalia We should be trying to base contentment on being rather than having Then the question of buying that fourth shirt or that new gizmo on display might be dwarfed by the prospect of creating more space in one s life by donating your extra stuff When

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