Ramblings from the Robot
Wisdom in our modern world may boil down to recognizing that LOL and fail and trashy and OMG don’t actually represent different categories of human experience. Current culture kicks up ambivalence and regret. We mask our dread with peanut brittle and daiquiris.
If you are not careful the media will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. -Malcolm X
When we are fooled into believing the battle over information is, in fact, a battle over our reality, we have already lost the war
Today, “communications” is the science of influence. Mass communication is the study of how governments and corporations can control their populations and customers. Information and big data are the modern sciences of control.
A steady diet of lies feeds a growing public hysteria. We are conditioned to fear and this fear feeds on itself until we are ready to go to war and give up our basic rights all in the name of safety from some imaginary threat.
An informed citizenry is a direct threat to corporate power. Corporations would rather have a population that is easily influenced to accept whatever message is given them by the corporate controlled media.
In American politics & Advertising formal public relations projects which deliberately seek to engineer the impression of spontaneous grassroots behavior. The goal is the appearance of independent public reaction to a politician, political group, product, service, event or similar entities by centrally orchestrating the behavior of many diverse and geographically distributed individuals.
Garbage in produces garbage out. However if the garbage is really designed to confuse or consume bandwidth & attention, then is it really garbage? It may be garbage to most but it is serving a purpose in the wars of ideas. Garbage/noise is consuming some portion of our attention. It is crowding out or masking legitimate information. This noise is consuming network bandwidth. It is consuming intellectual bandwidth. It is consuming us.
The high pitched scream of marketing is no more than sheer noise.
Dissent only matters if it interferes with government or corporate plans.
Through media real events come to us as one-demensional scripts.
All is fabricated & coordinated according to the permutations dispensed by an automatic vending machine of ready-made explanations & predetermined emotions designed to arouse pity, indignation, disgust, whatever…
Data does not equal information. Data must be interpreted and understood in order to become information. Information does not equal knowledge. Knowledge is a construct that is created in the mind of the user as a result of accessing, processing and understanding information. Different individuals may extract different knowledge from the same information … or may extract no knowledge at all. No matter how sophisticated the medium; garbage in still produces garbage out. Noise cannot modify our expectations and to understand the sentence is not necessarily to understand the message.
Are you missing the message?
Most people work 40-plus hours a week at jobs they don’t like to buy things they don’t need.
We are a society of alienated individuals held together by a culture industry that serves the interests of capitalism. Popular culture is akin to a factory producing standardized cultural goods to manipulate the masses into passivity; the easy pleasures available through consumption of popular culture make people docile and content, no matter how difficult their economic circumstances. Culture industries cultivate false needs; that is, needs created and satisfied by capitalism. True needs, in contrast, are freedom, creativity and genuine happiness.
Genesis 1 to 11 was never meant to be a science textbook for the 21st century.
There is a basic contradiction between a profit-driven, highly concentrated, advertising-saturated corporate media system and the requirements of a democratic society
(e.g. an informed populace where all views are aired and the people are allowed to decide for themselves). There is no neutral, non-partisan mainstream press. It is a myth that “the market”
compels media firms to “give the people what they want”. Much of U.S. media is consolidated in the hands of a few large companies, which results in journalism biased toward the corporate
point of view. Media shapes social agendas of knowledge and therefore belief. The free-market economics model of media leads to normative and narrow reporting. In actual practice, corporate
media defends the economic, social, and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, the state, and the global order.
The world economy is predicated on fear and unsatisfaction. We are conditioned by governments, corporations and the media (all are one in the same) to fear violence from all sides and to fear inadequacy in every aspect of our lives. No matter how much we spend in time, currency and grief, we can never achieve the image of perfection or ideal of safety sold to us daily through all media outlets. Newspapers, magazines, radio, Web sites, television and twenty-four hour news networks package and sell fear. Their advertisers sell unsatisfaction. If the world population were ever comfortable with itself, the world economy as we know it would collapse.
The real issue is not consumption itself but its patterns and effects.
Inequalities in consumption are stark. Globally, the 20% of the world’s
people in the highest-income countries account for 86% of total private
consumption expenditures – the poorest 20% a miniscule 1.3%.
More specifically, the richest fifth:
Consume 45% of all meat and fish, the poorest fifth 5%.
Consume 58% of total energy, the poorest fifth less than 4%.
Have 74% of all telephone lines, the poorest fifth 1.5%.
Consume 84% of all paper, the poorest fifth 1.1%.
Own 87% of the world’s vehicle fleet, the poorest fifth less than 1%.
Runaway growth in consumption in the past 50 years is putting strains on the environment never before seen.
Being uninformed is one thing, but having a population that is actively misinformed presents problems when it comes to participating in the national debate, or the democratic process
Nothing can trend upward forever.
There are now more than 8 billion people on the planet; more than twice as there were in 1960.
Consumer culture is the ideological infrastructure that dictates and motivates peoples activities of consumption.
These are the people who the controlling system (the wealthy, the “power elite”; those who own the media, the government, the means of production) has fooled into policing themselves and who it seeks to control even more, not just with bread and circuses, but with anxieties and drugs as well.It is no coincidence that the middle-class is the most drugged up of all social strata. The middle-class is not strung out on crack or heroin; drugs aimed at killing and pacifying the poor, but rather sleeping aids, mood stabilizers, diet pills and all manner of “social” drugs aimed at cultivating complacency. Middle-class drugs pretend to offer users a “happy” life while leaving them in a semi-hysterical daze. These drugs are designed to prevent the middle-class from rebelling against the ruling elite while enriching the pharmaceutical industry.
Social Media/Mass Media, under the influence of market forces, functionally acts as a propaganda machine.
Art is more powerful if produced outside the art market and in the context of politics. Artists working for propaganda are truer to art than those who produce for the individual consumer. Every ideology whether political or religious has a vision or image behind it, whereas the art market does not. It merely circulates images.
Propaganda artwork is simultaneously an affirmation and a critique of an ideological system because it turns the vision of the future into something tangible and secular. By presenting a utopian power balance that politics fails to achieve, modern and contemporary art both affirms and critiques the democratic system, similarly to the functions of ideological art.
Dogs, unlike us, are not cogs in the capitalist machine.
The capitalist system is ruled more by brazen predation than by good old-fashioned labor exploitation. Capitalists increasingly rely on raw political power to coercively secure capital through everything from rents to cheap government-provided capital – a means of extracting surplus that looks a lot more like feudalism.
Gender rights are extremely democratic so they threaten authoritarian regimes that rely on traditional, unequal gender roles, heteronormativity, and especially the cult of masculinity. Gender hierarchy implied by “traditional values” contributes to many other social hierarchies which can be naturalized through gendered metaphors. If it is agreed the the “masculine” should be superior, it may be easier to accept the priority of military spending over health care, the priority of the security of boarders over the protection of life. Spheres coded as feminine can be underfunded and underrepresented, all in the name of the “natural, traditional” order.
Ideology is not just political doctrine. What we are able to think, imagine, and say is a critical political issue. The dominant set of ideas, hegemony, conforms to the dominance of the ruling class while not being about the ruling class. Whoever controls language controls politics.
Cruises are for people who get excited by the presence of jumbo prawns at the buffet. Most baffling is that anyone, post-Covid, goes on a cruise at all.