Saturday, June 3

notes on the shape & scale of the problem

  1. There is almost nothing which consumer capitalism cannot assimilate and commodify.
  2. The unassimilable usually still makes for good advertising. No form is immune to being stripped of its content. Every image and ideal is a Che Guevara t-shirt waiting to happen.
  3. Those populations who can afford to be entertained are essentially drugged. The internet, so often viewed as a potential antidote, is vastly more effective at reinforcing mindless compulsion than the decades-old technology of television.
  4. Advertising is pervasive. Noise has triumphed. Spam owns all the channels.