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(9098) Did the Sokal affair "destroy postmodernism"? - YouTube
"society of the spectacle" - The Society of the Spectacle is a 1967 work of philosophy and Marxist critical theory by Guy Debord, in which the author develops and presents the concept of the Spectacle. The book is considered a seminal text for the Situationist movement. // Mass media and commodity fetishism - Comparison between religion and marketing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Society_of_the_Spectacle --- In his analysis of the spectacular society, Debord notes that the quality of life is impoverished,[6] with such a lack of authenticity that human perceptions are affected, and an attendant degradation of knowledge, which in turn hinders critical thought.[7] Debord analyzes the use of knowledge to assuage reality: the spectacle obfuscates the past, imploding it with the future into an undifferentiated mass, a type of never-ending present; in this way the spectacle prevents individuals from realizing that the society of spectacle is only a moment in history, one that can be overturned through revolution.[8][9] << see by Byung-chul han - Psycho politics and the tired exhausted depressed worker who can't imagine getting up for a revolution. thus votes brexit and trump. where am I getting my pizza if we have a revolution?
Sociology  Philosophy  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  book  Social  Media  Consumerism  Capitalism  Status  Anxiety  Individualism  Marx  Socialism  equality  poverty  trap  working  poor  rat  race 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Hannah Arendt - Die Pflicht zum Ungehorsam (2015) - YouTube
'as individuum you dont have power, only in collective' << see Byung-Chul Han the 'depressive, weak, singled out individual who exploits him or her or they self. // Eichmann wie Trump w Daniel Hannahn wie Boris Johnson ein Hanswurst! EINer von vielen HANSwurst. klug aber dumm, banalitaet. 'Der unwille was mit dem anderen ist.' // 'Je oberflaechlicher jemand ist, desto eher wird sich jemand der banalitaet des boesen ergeben.' ie use of bigotry, prejudice, stigmata, cliche, alternative facts, ... xenohobia, hate speech,// Totalitarianism 14:15 - for far-right to rise, authoritarians, populismus to rise, need to create Luegenwelt, post-truth, post- fact, emotions only, alternative facts, ... brotbrett mit brotkrumen aud ihr doktrinen schnallen. Eine welt nur mut brotkrumen, da kann das funktionieren. Wo man sich ueber die Brokkrumen streitet (see NHS foreign patients charges debate). Adressing the emotional needs better than the centrists and the left, which also isnt reality. // Brexit also perpetuated as "Allmaechtig" single solution to all worries, needs, wants. // Ideology creates the evil itself. Ideology to monopolise truth. destroyes thinking as individual and perosnal individual judgement. // arends totalitarianism is classic, today w social media and internet and filter bubble it is neo-totalitarianism!!! no central organ it is a network connected riding on the same wave length for the same purpose.
Hannah  Arendt  workers  union  trade  Byung-Chul  Han  Selbstdarstellung  Selbstausbeutung  book  Philosophy  Soziologie  Sociology  Alain  de  Botton  Status  Anxiety  rat  race  Consumer  Consumerism  Selfie  Self-Employment  gig  economy  1099  Platform  Capitalism  Corporate  corporatism  neoliberalism  neoliberal  crony  Zeitarbeit  Leiharbeit  zero  hour  contract  Contractor  Productivity  burnout  GFC  recovery  bank  bailout  Agenda2010  hartz-IV  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  TTIP  Capital  CETA  TTP  TISA  Boris  Johnson  Theresa  May  Superficial  Evil  prejudice  bigot  bigotry  far-right  right-wing  White  Supremacy  alt-right  neo-Nazi  Xenophobia  Homophobia  transphobia  Fremdenfeindlichkeit  Ausländerfeindlichkeit  Racism  Stigma  Sexismus  Sexism  Misogynie  misogyny  gender-based  discrimination  inequality  BAME  Equality  Resistance 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Are we too Materialistic? - YouTube
trans-substantiation. higher ideals materialised in things we can buy. objects and its meanings. consume/buy things that lend to itself to higher better nature. ... not Bugatti veyron
materialism  Status  Anxiety  Consumer  Consumerism  Capitalism  rat  race  Selbstausbeutung  Selbstdarstellung  Social  Media  Branding  PR  communication 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Debt: Why more people are pressing the bankruptcy button - BBC News
More going bust as personal borrowing surges - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38768705 - The number of people declared insolvent owing to unmanageable debts was 13% higher in 2016 compared with the previous year,
consumer  debt  debtoverhang  household  discretionary  spending  UK  disposable  income  credit  binge  card  materialism  Consumerism  consumerist  Status  Anxiety  mental  health  rat  race 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Robert Skidelsky: 'Why don't more people aspire to living a good life?' | From the Observer | The Guardian
What went wrong?

The Thatcher years created a great regression in that belief, I think. We were getting there and then it was reversed. Though it was wicked and unrealisable, the failure of communism had a profound effect. There suddenly seemed no alternative to money as a way of organising society.
economic  history  Consumerism  materialism  status  anxiety  Selbstdarstellung  social  media  Consumer  consumerist  credit  card  capitalism  crony  Exploitation  mental  health  Happiness  rat  race  brand  Branding  aspiration  image  public  PR  Facebook  Instagram  Skidelsky 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Sleep deprivation 'costs UK £40bn a year' - BBC News
Sleep-deprived workers are costing the UK economy £40bn a year and face a higher risk of death, says a new study.
The calculation is based on tired employees being less productive or absent from work altogether.
Research firm Rand Europe, which used data from 62,000 people, said the loss equated to 1.86% of economic growth.
The biggest impact was on health, with those sleeping less than six hours a night 13% more likely to die than those sleeping between seven and nine hours.
The study evaluated the economic cost of insufficient sleep in the UK, US, Canada, Germany and Japan.
sleep  chronic  stress  rat  race  sick  population  immune  system  public  health  care  demand  CVD  obesity  cancer 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Druck zur Selbstoptimierung: Macht unser Lebensstil krank? - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Besser, schöner, leistungsfähiger - der Druck zur Selbstoptimierung bereitet Psychiatern zunehmend Sorgen. Wie gut Menschen mit Stress zurechtkommen, ist jedoch auch eine Frage der persönlichen Verfassung.
Selbstdarstellung  Burnout  Status  Anxiety  Depression  mental  health  beauty  sickness  Social  Media  well  being  public  sick  population  Consumerism  consumerist  Consumer  materialism  crony  capitalism  exploitation  rat  race  sociology  Psychology  soziologie  Wertegesellschaft  Gesellschaft 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Monkeys show how low social standing could harm your health (From HeraldScotland)
[ status anxiety is making you sick ] Life at the bottom of the social ladder can be damaging to health - even for monkeys, research has shown.

A study of rhesus monkeys has revealed the stress of low social status can be damaging to the immune system of the animals. //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38092146
Poverty  working  poor  cancer  public  health  immune  system  stress  chronic  burnout  sick  population  capitalism  status  anxiety  rat  race  Selbstdarstellung  social  media  mental  Consumerism  consumerist  Consumer  inflammation  diabetes  CVD  Deprivation 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Capitalism and Mental Health: How the Market Makes Us Sick
POVERTY TRAP! // we were never as miserable as a nation as ever before.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The trap of materialism - YouTube
Consumerism! The more we consume, the better our lifes will be. ... Keeping up with the jonses. [...] the true cost of an item is not the price. as long as carbon, pollution is not priced in. thus the carbon tax and pollution tax (ecological and environmental). [...] WALL E is true. leaving a planet full of junk. and pollution, inhospitable environment. [...] post-capitalism = post-consumerism in age of abundance and marginal cost (energy, water, food). [...] a man's life does not lie in the abundance of his possessions. and be fearful of greed << Bible [...] consumerism does not equal to tue individuality or individualism of a human being among many. its a choice you can pick from and define yourself in public with it ie which color your iPhone has or what case for it [ min 8 Adam Smith; let flourish self-interested selfish economic interest through consumption = growth ] [...] shopping as experience. shopping as a way of life. self-medication. coping mechanism in the rat race.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong - YouTube
substance abuse as form of self-medication and coping mechanism - due to their environment they live in. It's the cage you live in. Unhealthy bonds - vs - Healthy bonds. Crisis of disconnection. Social vs Individual recovery!
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
New year, old grievances: why Britain’s bugbears in 2016 look very familiar | Martin Boon | Opinion | The Guardian
A new survey of what’s on our minds reveals a nation still obsessed with the same things as in the 1960s - inequality and immigration [...] Seven out of 10 suggest that inequality and immigration create the biggest societal divides of today [ but tories take on what is easiest, immigration. but not inequality ] So nothing’s changed, and it’s likely not much will – at least, not if you’re a member of our world-weary public, exasperated with the collective failure of political solutions to modern-day grievances.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Rob Ford's Sobriety Coach: Inside the Manic Life & Work of Bob Marier - YouTube
[ symptom ] when substance abuse takes over your life. you are the slave. // self-developed coping mechanisms // see also Dr Gabor Mate (Trauma) // recovery coach is new field. // SOS - sharing our sobriety // soh - sharing our health // from recovery, to discovery; many different ways what is wrong with you and the world and how wrongly short sighted you dealt with it // love unconditionally, connect with other people. // worst at state of 'nothing else matters, have to get high now, asap.' //
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Economy concerns as household debt rises to £40bn in latest figures | Business | The Guardian
Families are expected to run up £40bn of debt this year, sparking fears about Britain’s economic recovery. [...] (OBR) forecasts have found that households have moved from a surplus of £67bn in 2010, the year the coalition took power, to a £40bn deficit this year. Unsustainable borrowing is on course to near the levels reached in the run-up to the 2008 financial crash, according to Labour. Seema Malhotra, the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said: “George Osborne is relying on millions of British families going further into debt to hit his growth targets. [ as projected by economists, that household had to take up debt, shifting debt burden off the public balance sheet, when austerity plans were revealed together with LibDems, to meet growth targets/estimates, back then. same w decistions to increase student loans, convert grants into loan ie for nursing, remove allowances and grants. same w the green bank. shifting items off the balance sheet. and underinvestment. ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Can drug courts stop overdose deaths in heroin epidemic? - BBC News
[ symptom of wider society and it's characteristics ] - Unlikely face of heroin epidemic in small town America - Drug-related deaths have soared in New Hampshire, where an influx of cheap heroin has claimed victims from every section of society. The state is facing an epidemic of addiction and overdoses. Voters in the state, which holds the first-in-the-nation presidential primary in February, say drugs are now their biggest concern. - [ there is demand for numbing, escapism, thrill ride, distraction ] - bbc.in/1J3JoAV - [ not being enough X ] [ symptom of the rat race ]
USA  Justice  System  drug  abuse  substance  abuse  Heroin  Rehabilitation  prison–industrial  complex  Escapeism  Entertainment  numbing  chronic  stress  burnout  Wertegesellschaft  zombie  consumer  society  Wegwerfgesellschaft  Gesellschaft  Zivilgesellschaft  sociology  psychology  status  anxiety  rat  race  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  mental  health  happiness  index  happiness  well  being  western  society  western  world  western  lifestyle  western  diet  pattern  diet  Standard  American  processed  food  food  engineering  addiction  sick  population  health  crisis  public  health  policy  public  health  public  safety  crony  capitalism  capitalism  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
BIG NEWS!! WOOOOOP WOOOOOP!!! - YouTube
make a binding agreement w bank that you pay monthly interest and payments to pay down the debt. putting you also into a bind to make x amount of money per month.
rat  race  consumer  debt  household  debt  credit  card  debt 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Stephen Fry - HIV and Me - Part 1 - YouTube
[ chem sex as symptom of public sentiment at large towards what "being gay" means. and how gay people see themselves in this picture and see how they are treated at large?! it's like about breaking free from social norms, its a counterproductive form of rebellion against society in its most dangerous form. ] [ protection = naughty but not dangerous ] [ some are thrill seeking people. a kick apart form normal life. ] [ hetero sex now counts for half of all new infections ] [ medical profession guess is that between 1/3 and 1/2 of all infection go undiagnosed, because they don't have HIV test, in UK ] PART 2: [ stigma and prejudice of being HIV positive is a social crisis. medically we moved on, but socially we haven't. there is still this big fear and horror part, instilled into people by it's initial campaign during the 90's. HIV is a social problem. ]
HIV  AIDS  subculture  gay  culture  chemsex  chem-sex  LGBT  LGBTQIASP  dehumanisation  subhuman  discrimination  social  discrimination  substance  abuse  alcohol  abuse  drug  abuse  unprotective  sex  Entertainment  numbing  distraction  STI  STD  superbug  multidrug-resistant  gonorrhea  Escapeism  society  Wertegesellschaft  Gesellschaft  sociology  psychology  Zivilgesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  western  society  rat  race  post-antibiotic  era  antibiotic  resistance  antibiotics  diet-related  disease  chronic  diseases  public  perception  public  safety  public  awareness  public  image  public  health  policy  public  health  public  opinion  public  sentiment  public  discourse  public  debate  western  lifestyle  western  world  climate  change  climate  crisis  global  warming  carbonfootprint  status  anxiety  status  symbol  social  status  zombie  consumer  crony  capitalism  capitalism  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  consumerist  consumerism  teenage  pregnancy  prejudice  stigma  bias  judgement  snap  judgement 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Chris Hedges on What it Takes to be a Rebel in Modern Times - YouTube
If you care about the truth you eventually run into problems as the journalist who usually manipulates facts for a living. // neoliberalism sold to us through lies and manipulated facts. // 2/3rds of the country in poverty. // mania for hope is a political pacifier even for the liberals, keeping people hopeful - keeps people complacent. // moral imperative for civil disobedience. // but do not use the word hope! // game is fixed. // rebellion led by day class intellectuals. that band together with the underclass. // if you have whole-sale surveillance, you can't have investigative journalism // it's about ratings and money, they don't do journalism. << corporate media. // dismantling BBC by tories is a power play by tories (power elite) // &! redd.it/3x3kw7 - Most of the information we spread online is quantifiably “bullshit” - The internet encourages the spread of information that is emotionally resonant but factually untrue
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Conservatives should blame capitalism for the 'war on Christmas' | Steven W Thrasher | Opinion | The Guardian
consumption as with dieting, is not consistent. [...] The first battles of this war on Christmas are usually fought right after (and increasingly on) Thanksgiving Day, as Black Friday shoppers are whipped into a frenzy of buying garbage products we don’t need, built in ways that maim and kill the people who make them and produced by means that slowly kill us all.
capitalism  Christmas  status  symbol  status  anxiety  zombie  consumer  consumerism  consumerist  household  debt  debt  servitude  consumer  debt  credit  card  debt  credit  card  crony  capitalism  advertisement  advertising  marketing  Selbstdarstellung  Social  Media  Selbstfürsorge  psychology  addiction  substance  abuse  Helloween  Valentines  dieting  Mindfulness  sociology  mass  culture  socioeconomic  status  status  rat  race  Religion  relationship  Intimate  relationship  relationships  sweatshop 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Becoming radicalised – and keeping a secret - BBC News
Some of these individuals identified with an organisation such as IS or al-Qaeda while others followed their own extremist beliefs and underwent a more personal form of radicalisation. [...] Still in many cases individuals are drawn to IS or other extremist groups because they're unhappy in their own lives and are looking for a cause that's bigger than themselves. "The radicalisation process has been triggered by a personal crisis - the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job," says Indiana State University's Mark Hamm, the author of The Spectacular Few, a book about extremism. "Typically there's somebody in cyberspace who shows them a way - walks them from the brink of a cliff." // brutality of society at large. enabled by forces and pillars capitalism. ie your worth as a person is defined by your net work and credit score. what education you have (thus family). //&! bit.ly/1N9qQfa
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Russell Brand on Porn: How It Relates To Everything - YouTube
instant gratification robs you of happiness, that results from putting in the work, being considered, mindful, thoughtful. effort can be the most rewarding thing in life. the pleasure of work. reward comes from hard work. --- a selfless life can bring much more pleasure than selfish life. we are social creatures. the only thing you've got to keep are your thoughts, emotions and health (well being, fitness)
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The Weight | The Players' Tribune
via - bit.ly/1IRTX3b --- ie Storytelling, like what Fish has done here, is certainly changing the world and it is this incremental progress which we should all celebrate. His beautiful story, among others like his, will inspire people to be more open about their mental health and hopefully in the process inspire a better future.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Getting Some 'Me' Time: Why Millennials Are So Individualistic : NPR
The 2014 Clark Established Adult Poll found that the top three markers for adulthood were accepting responsibility for self, financial independence and making independent decisions. Twenge first encountered this rise in individualism when she was doing a project on gender roles in the 1990s. Both women and men scored high on this masculine scale that includes highly individualistic traits, such as being independent, relying on yourself, being a leader, etc. Twenge began studying other traits such as self-esteem and extroversion and recognized a pattern that these traits were all increasing over time. "You have emerging adulthood — taking more time to find yourself in your 20s," Twenge says. "By definition that is an individualistic pursuit. 'I want to have that time to myself before I settle down.' That is one that is unknown in traditional collectivist societies." [... thus, give people time, no turbo abi ...]
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
News Roundtable: [...] deconstructing employment - YouTube
min 34 + https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8406358 "The article doesn't really examine productivity, it is examining wages." - Digital revolution has yet to fulfil its promise of productivity and better jobs (economist.com) +!+ http://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/2i5nse/the_economist_labour_is_steadily_losing_out_to/ - http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21621160-labour-steadily-losing-out-capital-those-have-shall-be-given 'It's The Economist making a case for wealth redistribution!' +!+ How computers threaten the jobs of mid-skilled workers (economist.com) - youtu.be/PR8OkkfvnT8 'few benefiters + we need substantial skill upgrading and change in education policy' +!+ Is A.I. the problem or the solution? youtu.be/lge-dl2JUAM - Automation, Robotics, mid-skilled jobs, routine jobs, lessons from Industrial Revolution, need investment in practical skills for the future, infrastructure investment, education policy, Universal Basic Income - so that no one is left behind
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Ads Don’t Work That Way | Melting Asphalt
advertising - marketing = raising awareness, overt persuasion, making promises + "Knowing (or sensing) how much money a company has thrown down for an ad campaign helps consumers distinguish between big, stable companies and smaller, struggling ones, or between products with a lot of internal support (from their parent companies) and products without such support. And this, in turn, gives the consumer confidence that the product is likely to be around for a while and to be well-supported. This is critical for complex products like software, electronics, and cars, which require ongoing support and maintenance, as well as for anything that requires a big ecosystem (e.g. Xbox). The same way an engagement ring is an honest token of a man's commitment to his future spouse, an expensive ad campaign is an honest token of a company's commitment to its product line."
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
▶ Insatiability, and the 15-hour week - YouTube
comparing yourself to others, you never have enough. what is the purpose. is there enough? *Aristotle Leisure - educating people about Leisure. >> periods of time where your choices dominate. to develop your personal projects. Anglo Saxon work environment - work seeps though at home though laptops and mobile phones with work mailboxes. Germany has more strict boundaries of work because of its work ethic. Measure human well being. (GDP)
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september 2013 by asterisk2a
The 'Busy' Trap - NYTimes.com
What she had mistakenly assumed was her personality — driven, cranky, anxious and sad — turned out to be a deformative effect of her environment. It’s not as if any of us wants to live like this, any more than any one person wants to be part of a traffic jam or stadium trampling or the hierarchy of cruelty in high school — it’s something we collectively force one another to do.

Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.

[We all developed a] pretense of indispensability as anything other than a form of institutional self-delusion.

People enjoy this complaint [being busy, unavailable]; it makes you feel important, sought-after and put-upon. Except that I hate actually being busy.
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Decline of ourself is subliminal.
Lesson etal Make time for yourself, doing nothing. Every day. "unmolested by obligations"
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july 2012 by asterisk2a

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