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  • OccupyWallStreet Archives - Page 5 of 5 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    the globe are on high alert August 16 2011 OCCUPYWALLSTREET Update by adbusters Can we on the left learn some new tricks August 11 2011 OCCUPYWALLSTREET goes viral by adbusters Hey all you election jammers and voter rousers Adbusters is shaking up cdnpoli like never before Our controversial attack ad incited outrage amongst Harper supporters including Harper s own Defense Minister Jason Kenney whose hate tweet we shall July 26

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/category/action/occupywallstreet/page/5/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Citizens' Arrest 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 Citizens Arrest 1000 REWARD by adbusters For the Citizens Arrest of a Fugitive Big Banker September 8 2014 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 Contact

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/tag/citizens-arrest/ (2016-02-09)
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  • DATAcide - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    For Grassegger these platforms were merely fresh lots ready to be ploughed and in turn they kept the harvest our feelings thoughts experiences and emotions encoded in letters and numbers Now they re putting it all to work exploiting these assets with algorithms and sentiment analysis and our virtual souls are toiling even while we sleep His solution to this dilemma is practical and pragmatic siding with a lesser evil of establishing a personalized free data market which would allow us to exploit our information before others do it for us arguing that We must carry into the new space those rights and freedoms we eked out in the physical world centuries ago The ownership over ourselves and the freedom to employ this property for our own benefit Only this will help us leave behind our self imposed digital immaturity KRRAAAAASHH A waitress lets a pint glass slip from her hand and shatter on the floor but no one bothers to look over they re too engaged Then I notice something eerie about the vibe in this place There s no sneering no sarcasm and no self deprecation Everyone is just sort of floating along in an earnest tranquility As if each anecdote about that cool loft I found on Airbnb contained some deep spiritual significance beyond my grasp My interrogator goes for a piss and I load up Facebook in the interim hoping to find a shard of inspiration in my feed that will provide a topical talking point Instead I find a listicle A curiosity gap headline An ad A solicitation Another ad Another listicle Oh dear someone has lost their phone And finally an ad in the form of a listicle Or is it a listicle in the form of an ad We were told to surf the web but in the end the web serf d us Yet there s a worse fate than digital serfdom as Snowden s ongoing NSA revelations suggest This isn t simply about the commodification of all human kinesis it s the psychological colonialism that makes the commodification possible The nature of this bad trip was hinted at in June when we learned that Facebook manipulated the emotional states of nearly 700 000 of its users Half of those chosen for the study were fed positivity the others despair The results show emotional contagion the Facebook scientists told us meaning that they had discovered that alternating between positive and negative stimulus does indeed affect our behaviour Or perhaps rediscovered There s a precedent for this We ve been here before Burrhus Frederic Skinner known simply as B F to his BFFs is best known as the psychologist with the painfully large forehead who tried to convince the world that free will was an illusion But he wasn t always so dire He was once a young man with hopes and dreams who wrote poems and sonnets and wanted to become a stream of consciousness novelist like his idol Marcel Proust He failed miserably and it led him to conclude that he wasn t capable of writing anything of interest because he had nothing to say Frustrated and bitter he resolved that literature was irrelevant and it should be destroyed and that psychology was the true art form of the 20th century So he went to Harvard and developed the concept of operant conditioning by putting a rat in a cage and manipulating its behaviour by alternating positive and negative stimulus Now we re the rats in the cage only we don t know where the cage ends and where it begins What s your five year vision for social he asks There s a right way and a wrong way to answer this question The wrong way is to be critical and cast scepticism on the internet s role in our lives For instance you could draw a parallel between Facebook s probing of emotional contagion and the Pentagon s ongoing research into how to quash dissent and manage social unrest Or you could mention how the Internet of Things will inevitably consolidate corporate power over our personal liberty unless we implement strict regulations on what part of ourselves can and cannot be quantified But if you did that you d upset the prevailing good vibes and come off like a sickly paranoiac in desperate need of some likes The right way is to turn off buy in and cash out Reinforce the grand narrative and talk about how social is going to bring people together not just online but in the real world How it will augment our interactions and make us more open How in five years you ll be able to meet your true love through an algorithm that correlates your iTunes activity to your medical history and how that algorithm will be worth a billion fucking dollars And it s through that magical cloud of squandered human potential that Skinner emerges once again and starts poking his finger into your brain After establishing himself as a household name Skinner was finally able to live out his dream of writing a novel That novel was Walden Two a story about a utopian commune where people live a creative and harmonious life in accordance to the principles of radical behaviourism In contrast to 1984 and Brave New World it was meant to be a positive portrayal of a technologically enabled utopian ideal In it he writes The majority of people don t want to plan They want to be free of the responsibility of planning What they ask for is merely some assurance that they will be decently provided for The rest is a day to day enjoyment of life In the late 60s Walden Two directly inspired a series of attempts to create real world versions of the fictional community it described These were just a few of the thousands of communes that were being established across America at that time Some thrived but the majority fell apart

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/article/datacide/ (2016-02-09)
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  • It's A War Of Words - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    the US is already in free fall the signs and signifiers are blaring everywhere The loot has already been moved offshore The prison system is booming Monsanto has patented life and death mixing them up and street hustling the world in a fatal con of three card Monte We ve poisoned our soldiers with depleted uranium and our mothers with toxic plastics South America is rejecting the yoke of the North Europe is blocking GMO food questioning the sanity of its producers and consumers Asia is steadily gaining ground And yet American movies tell us that against all odds what doesn t kill you makes you stronger the hero never dies In crises people diverge we either become our best selfless selves providing food water clothing shelter comfort humanity kindness rushing in to the quake or paddling in to the flood zone atop a refrigerator or jumping into the burning building fueled by a fierce love a deep aha about our interconnectivity courageous in our vulnerability OR we are swallowed up by fear and anxiety shrinking smaller and shirking our responsibilities or still worse biting and clawing over others and killing the planet in the mad wake spewing from the acting out of our deep multi generational distress As multiple systems collapse escapism becomes harder The war of words becomes more deadly traitor warrior patriot egomaniac spy dropout terrorist freedom fighter son partner friend each word defines a relationship between people connecting the framing POV and again the coordinates of where we stand on the map It is a real crossroads we are standing at here in this exact moment of our lives So fuel yourself with love arm yourself with truth and tenderness don t forget to water the garden Find the courage to tell your own story Carpe

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/article/its-a-war-of-words/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Why so bored? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    a million followers fans friends lovers dollars after all a billion people tweeting updating flicking swiping tapping into the void a thousand times a minute can t be wrong Can they And therein lies the paradox of the bullshit machine We do more than humans have ever done before But we are not accomplishing much and we are it seems to me becoming even less than that The more we do the more passive we seem to become Compliant Complacent As if we are merely going through the motions Why We are something like apparitions today juggling a multiplicity of selves through the noise The you you are on Facebook Twitter Tumblr Tinder wherever at your day job your night job your hobby your primary relationship your friend with benefits your incredibly astonishing range of extracurricular activities But this hyperfragmentation of self gives rise to a kind of schizophrenia conflicts dissociations tensions dislocations anxieties paranoias delusions Our social wombs do not give birth to our true selves the selves explosive with capability possibility wonder Tap tap tap And yet We are barely there In our own lives in the moments which we will one day look back on and ask ourselves what were we thinking wasting our lives on things that didn t matter at all The answer of course is that we weren t thinking Or feeling We don t have time to think anymore Thinking is a superluxury Feeling is an even bigger superluxury In an era where decent food water education and healthcare are luxuries thinking and feeling are activities too costly for society to allow They are a drag on growth a burden on productivity they slow down the furious acceleration of the bullshit machine And so Here we are Going through the motions The bullshit

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/article/why-so-bored/ (2016-02-09)
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  • #123 Archives - Page 3 of 3 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    at their numbers December 26 2015 Love at first sip by adbusters Coke adds life to dozens of public and scientific organizations in exchange for their silence December 24 2015 The chase by adbusters The Google Car rolls on December 23 2015 Losing one s sense of belonging by adbusters there is but administration from above and the political vacuum below December 23 2015 Aesthetic terror by adbusters Enter into

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/tag/123/page/3/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Heavy Reader: 1960 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    the sit in By the fourth day as the historian James T Patterson wrote white women from the local University of North Carolina Women s College joined them By then protesters mostly black students were starting to sit in at lunch counters elsewhere in the state A fire had been lit and it spread with great quickness and energy Later that same February the future congressman John Lewis and two other students from Fisk University in Nashville Tennesse kicked off a series of sit ins at segregated lunch counters in the heart of Nashville s business district Diane Nash a key student leader in the effort reflected on the sit ins in the documentary Eyes on the Prize The first sit in we had was really funny because the waitresses were nervous and they must have dropped 2 000 worth of dishes that day Literally it was like a cartoon We were sitting there trying not to laugh because we thought laughing would be insulting At the same time we were scared to death After a few days the police began arresting the protesters but always there was a new contingent that immediately took the seats vacated by those who were carted off to jail No matter what they did and how many they arrested said Nash there was still a lunch counter full of students there Within months the sit ins spread to dozens of American cities Many of the protesters were beaten and thousands were arrested but they would not give in Some cities desegregated their lunch counters others resisted But by the mid 1960s the civil rights movement with its marches and demonstrations its freedom rides court fights and other initiatives had achieved a critical mass The era of legal segregation in America was brought to a

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/article/heavy-reader-1960/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Monkeys know it! - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    a delicious grape Now it s the second monkey s turn and the action begins He performs the task in identical fashion but instead of being rewarded with a grape he is given a bland slice of cucumber This capuchin puts the cucumber in its mouth for a few seconds then spits it out and throws the cucumber into the face of the researcher The whole process is then repeated This time the capuchin who received the cucumber watches the grape receiving capuchin closely And on their turn they take care to do the task perfectly mimicking their counterpart in every way even tapping the rock against the side of the cage to make sure nothing is wrong with it After handing it over the capuchin is given a cucumber just the same This time he really loses it The cucumber is thrown into the face of the researcher immediately The capuchin then climbs the wire wall between the two cages shaking it aggressively desperately trying to draw attention to the fact that for the same task the pay was unequal FROM Adbusters 112 A Guide for the Perplexed Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest The

    Original URL path: https://www.adbusters.org/article/monkeys-know-it/ (2016-02-09)
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