Sam’s Club, Costco, Walmart; Do we really need a gallon jar of pickles?

We consume a variety of resources and products today, moving beyond basic needs to include luxury items and technological innovations. Such consumption beyond minimal and basic needs is not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself. However, increasingly, there are important issues around consumerism that need to be understood. For example: How are the … Continue reading Sam’s Club, Costco, Walmart; Do we really need a gallon jar of pickles?

A Steady Diet of Soda Pop and Ritalin…

In these days of evil presidentes we are all working for the clampdown. We are taught to obey, consume, comply and breed. The public is pacified by new spinning rims, giant televisions and huge vehicles meant for passing over mountain tops though most have only seen a few puddles in the Starbucks’ parking lot. Meanwhile, … Continue reading A Steady Diet of Soda Pop and Ritalin…

Corporate Media and Democracy

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. 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. and informed populace where all … Continue reading Corporate Media and Democracy