Geek Mythology

October 25, 2008

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October 22, 2008

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Smoke gets in your eyes

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October 21, 2008

You dropped a bomb on me (5,000,000 tons)

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Students , war protestors, Black panthers, and assorted other dissidents were effectively branded as violent and terroristic by a government that dropped more than five million tons of bombs over a dozen year period on a small peasant country with no means of self defense. Beating of demonstrators, infiltration of dissident organisations, extensive use of provocateur tactics, even FBI complicity in political assassination were not designated by any such terms- from the book ”The washington connection and third world fascism” by Noam Chomsky and Edarwd S. Herman

Gap Band – You Dropped A Bomb On Me
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October 20, 2008

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“Advertisers are also important to the mass media, and the need to attract and maintain good relations with them helps define the limits of tolerable controversy. Sponsors and the media together want to produce an output that will help sell goods, will not seriously disturb any substantial consuming group, and will be ideologically and politically compatible with the business system and the multinationals that increasingly dominate mass media advertising.”- from ”The washington connection and third world fascism” by Noam Chomsky and Edarwd S. Herman

October 17, 2008

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I recently joined a study group on Colombia. It was intresting to note in the last presidential debate how Obama said that any new trade agreements in Colombia had to ensure the protection of labour leaders while McCain didnt mention that all but just talked about how profitable it was to do business there. Union members have been killed in Colombia on a higher level then almost any other country by the paramilitary organisations that rule there. This is a huge problem.We watched this film “The Empire in the Andes, the war against the poor.” which gives a lucid description of the brutal climate within the country today.

October 13, 2008

The population must be reduced to ”apathy and conformity” or “the generation who had once rebelled against the conformity imposed by consumerism now embraced it because it helped them to be themselves.”

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In the book ”The washington connection and third world fascism” by Noam Chomsky and Edarwd S. Herman they write about the peace movement in the late 1960s in the United States. They mean that the peace movement frightened the elites. In 1975 the Trilateral Commision published a report that stated that ”public participation in desicion making” was a threat to democracy and had to be contained for the elites to withold their powerbase. The population must be reduced to ” apathy and conformity” if the current order was to survive,

They also write that “the limited concept of terror also serves as a lightning rod to distract attention from substantive issues, and helps to create a sensibility and frame of mind that allows greater freedom of action by the state. During the Vietnam war, students were the terrorists, and the government and mass media devoted great attention (and much outrage) to their frightful depridations. The device was used effectively to discredit the antiwar movement as violence prone and destructive-the motive ofcourse, for the infiltration of the movement by government provocateurs, and it helped to divert attention from the official violence that was far more extensive even on the home front.”

Therefore it was intresting to note the message in the BBC film ”The century of the self” that I wrote about earlier(watch it here):It talked about the development of individuals whom had earlier been in the peace movement and who had also been opposed to corporate culture in America, but later moved on from it after the police and military had pretty much crushed it. The counter culture lived on, but now the hippie culture bloomed out, with psychedelic drugs andinner exploration. This at first had a political agenda. If you couldnt get rid off the cop on the street who wouldnt let you protest, then you could get rid of the cop inside your head and free your mind. That would allow you to eventually create a more open and free society.

This worked for a while but eventually this would also transform. The inner seekers became more and more focused on themselves and trying to work through their own neurosis. The dysfunctionality of family backgrounds had to be worked and reworked in therapy and eventually systems started coming out that fed the modern westerners need for individualistic salvation. Society became during the 1970s increasingly individualistic and narcissitic. This would later explode during the Reagan era of the 1980s and the whole yuppie mentality of ”the one who dies with the most toys wins”.We can see how this developed into courses like ”The secret” in which everything we need or wish for can be manifested by our own creative visualization. Its up to YOU to create your own reality and affluence, and these spiritual programs can help you find the right tools to manifest it. This ofcourse leads any thinking person to ask the uncomfortable question of what happends to those born into poverty, should they visualize their way out of it?

This is something that of course created a lessening in the political activism of these individuals. They who once focused on societal change started now searching for inner liberation. Corporations were not far behind in picking up these new trends within the counter culture. They soon realized that these individuals who were doing all this soul searching wanted means to express their ”otherness”. This rebellion had to be made profitable and psychologists where taken in by corporations and the machine started rolling. Now this nonconformism was being sold back to these “seekers outside the box” in the form of products that placated their desire to be different. Even the old icons of the counterculture became flagbearers for this kind of thing. Here are a few examples of commercials that illustrate this phenomenon:


beat poet Burroughs

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