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  • A new quest - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    limited sense that effort succeeded A modest number of human beings were tossed briefly outside the atmosphere and circled around our planet for a while before returning home while a handful went further still to stand on the surface of the Moon or orbit through the void surrounding it Their voyages may well provide our descendants with a powerful symbol of the subtler but equally real journey of billions of people in the world s industrial societies who managed to talk themselves for a while into believing that they were outside nature superior to it waiting only for some final dramatic change spiritual social technological or some blending of the three to bring ordinary existence to a close forever In a deeper sense though the grand attempt to transcend the human condition forever has been a resounding flop and its failure has brought harsh consequences to the biosphere that supports us and to our own humanity The task before us at this point in the turning of time s wheel though is prefigured by those short journeys outside the atmosphere that simultaneously fulfilled and betrayed the dream of the space age that strange cultural phenomenon that briefly loaded hopes of transcendence onto a collection of rocketry Once the astronauts had finished gathering rocks taking photos and pursuing their other chores on the Moon the remainder of their journey beckoned not a leap further outward through some bleaker void to some yet more desolate destination but the simple task of returning to the living planet they had so briefly left behind That same task awaits the people of the world s industrial nations today We have taken the old quest to break free from nature and the human condition very nearly as far as our considerable technological powers would permit and

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  • Rope-a-dope - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    potential of some game changing inspiration in the incessant production line flow of recycled mediocrity But the troubles are never through The work is never done That breakthrough that genius sabot insight never comes But the metaphor of production line work already passé when McLuhan made us aware of so many similarly irrelevant tropes is based on psychological responses and concepts conditioned by the former technology mechanization of the factory There is something comforting in the nostalgic ease with which Lucille Ball or Charlie Chaplin revealed the absurdity of Fordist efficiency the worker as a mere appendage of the machine Although laughable even then that was a time in which the worker still had a genuine role to play being more than an option cheaper than automation That time is gone I feel over worked But I ve never worked at the mill I ve never done a 12 hour stint keeping pace with cogs and conveyer belts I m not being over worked I m being worked over as we all are not by a craftwork mechanized pace that drives us to exhaustion but by an alluring rhythm a rhythm that can at once lull us into acquiescence while at the same time keeping us off balance all the better mobilized for each permutation of familiar themes We are mesmerized by the rhythm of electrostatic transmissions coded through glitches of the cybernetic network and the fragments of old media Cycling through neoclassic postmodern motifs destructured and reformulated into predictably surprising combinations this rhythm this aesthetic makes us move and more importantly buy Consumers at heart the rhythm sucks us in and incorporates us more completely than any machine ever could Somehow thinking that we are breaking free from the autonomic conditioning of a youthful wasteland we wait in eager anticipation for the next issue of a magazine devoted to the pure form of advertising though in its pages there is none to be found It makes our consumer heart skip a beat Like Victorians who wouldn t dare indulge in such an unsavory act but nonetheless cannot stop talking about it we swoon sway and jerk with the rhythm of the spliced dis tasteful image juxtaposed by words of a hopeful anxious elliptical cant breakdown and breakthrough I get the breakdown Where s the breakthrough We talk and all the while we re being worked over And this is no massage This is a beat down In the expanded edition of his vintage Politics and Vision Sheldon Wolin argued that the particular rhythm of our contemporary aesthetic has been put to expert use by the new corporate form of governance he called inverted totalitarianism Perhaps Wolin really put his finger on our fatal flaw when he suggested that the cascades of critical theory and their postures of revolt and the appetite for theoretical novelty function as support rather than opposition to capitalism because this sort of frenetic syncopated decentering only encourages its rhythms Like a prizefighter agile yet made

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  • Green means Go - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    this regularly whether consciously or not We ignore the pay parking signs because we ll just be a minute we pass through an orange light when we could have stopped we allow members of our family or close friendship groups to consume alcohol under the age of 18 the legal drinking age in my country we download pirated media we photocopy copyrighted documents my grandmother s recipe book is filled with such pages and so on Crossing the road against a red light when there is absolutely no danger of harm or disruption to either myself or to anyone else is an action that has no negative effect on the world and is therefore my business Why wait for a machine to tell us when to cross an empty street I believe that there are a few things going on here One is that when we are kids our faculties are not necessarily developed enough to allow us to make an informed decision on safety These faculties in my opinion are well enough developed from around the age of 13 give or take a year or two yet so many of us do not take control of the situation at any point in our lives because it is simpler to let others human or otherwise do the thinking for us The second contributing factor is fear We re afraid that if we do not follow the law right or wrong that we ll be confronted by the blue meanies The threat of police intervention in our lives is very real Though we often know better than the current laws most of which are outdated or are there to prop up certain ways of life and governance we obey them because we may be held accountable by the police We regularly

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  • degrowth Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Degrowth by adbusters During David Cameron s speech on austerity in the Lord Mayor s banquet the UK Prime Minister called for a fundamental culture change He condemned idleness and invoked the traditional British value of hard work Put May 2 2015 Occupied Economy by Carl Safina A brief history of the first corporate century February 18 2012 Beyond the Growth Paradigm by Greg Felton A new intellectual renaissance has

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  • nowtopians Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Over Occupy Wall Street Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home nowtopians Nowtopians by adbusters Building a foundation for a new world free from the market life July 9 2015 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 Reprints Jobs

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  • Harvard against the New School - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    not an instrument to impel social or political change Meanwhile in New York the president of the New School called climate change one of the greatest challenges we face today He took the pledge a step further and will infuse climate change into many of the school s programs This has not stopped Divest Harvard organizers from trying to join the likes of the New School Swarthmore Chico State and Syracuse universities in terminating fossil fuel investments from their endowment funds Organizer Talia Rothstein called out Harvard s stance on Democracy Now saying the fossil fuel industry is not only at the heart of climate change not only exploits already marginalized communities by propagating climate change but also really has a chokehold over our political system Students at Harvard have occupied and blockaded administrative offices in a demand to be heard Tyson Kelsall FROM Adbusters 120 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 3 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Heavy Reader 1948 Nowtopians Also In This Magazine What now Only an angry tide of out of control youth can bring the world to its senses August 6 2015 Heavy Reader 1990 Serbia the simple enjoyments of life

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  • World War 3 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    engulfed suffocated and swarmed with barbarian nightmares No peace no sleep No dream beyond a wretched present No horizon beyond permanent war Gangs on every block Refugees by the millions will first beg and then fight their way into every corner of the rich world demanding asylum in exchange for centuries of plunder The post World War 2 global order will become a distant memory An apparition A long forgotten myth like Camelot And then a moment of truth a nuclear exchange between Pakistan and India over water rights to the river Ganges or Iran will preemptively strike Israel or China or Russia will clash with Japan or America or some new alliance in the South China Sea Then the descent truly begins Anger reaches a new cult status even in the most tranquil minds All hell breaks loose The world as we know it is obliterated The psychic collapse turns the guts of the West inside out a pandemic of soul shock from which no one recovers You won t be able to charge your iPhone anymore or sip Ethiopian lattes in the morning or stop marauding gangs from stealing your carrots your bicycle your car everything becomes a negotiation Even your life is up for a debate Kindness for others is a luxury There is nowhere to hide Not in your room Not in your church Not in your mind The mall is closed The sky has a sinister glare Resources are sold by the microgram Water is the new gold New myths flourish Prophets emerge They speak of a place untouched Hundreds of millions perish in a global die off and those who remain slip into a long dark age We saw all this coming but no one did a goddamn thing to stop it Kalle Lasn

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  • community Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Under the guise of innovation capitalism creeps into our personal relationships networks and community July 6 2015 Love and Survival by adbusters By late July 2014 I couldn t put it off any longer I had been living in Mexico for almost eight years with Washington D C license plates on my car If I wanted to apply March 3 2015 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a

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