Again, I think that this is normal.
The question is how much we can know about them, and, I guess, do about them, which in most cases is probably nothing. Why are they doing this? Arguably, any sufficiently regressed intelligence is indistinguishable from malice. Moving on then.
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What do you think the role of fiction is in the wider cultural sphere, and dare I say its role in politics? So much of fiction is super liberal. Booksellers are progs, publishers are progs, authors are progs. Is there space for right wing literature or is it just that people towards the right are uncreative? Tell me, what do you think of PKD himself, as a writer?
I read pretty much everything Dick wrote as a teenager, and then in my twenties I was involved with academics like Mark Fisher, who came out of the CCRU at Warwick and were interested in theory-fiction, which is one way you can read Dick. The central point is Dick was somehow something different to a writer, even though he also was an archetypal writer, to the extent the focus of interest was really metaphysical and speculative, and fiction was his method for exploring that.
Certainly he seems to be another source of inspiration for Dracula Rules the World , where you explore the nature of reality, characters that seem duplicitous, interpretation of history, etc. Would you say his style effects your writing? Just like cyberspace. Its shape in the imagination.
Its relationship to ritual. Its feelings. Yet still it exerted this powerful force. I read last week that, on average, people touch their phones two thousand times a day. Dick plays hard and fast with the nature of reality. What can we, as humans, as human individuals, know about reality? Do you have any thoughts on the strength of his prose?
Most writing today is either written about minorities, whether that is refugees or the ultra-rich, but never really about the common people like with PKD. Not as such. If someone wrote a book from the perspective of a Muslim taxi driver in a generic northern British town, an honest book, you understand, which would also be a brutal book, I might read that. What do should the reader here pick up next?
I think T he Dark-Haired Girl. Everybody is quite aware of the propaganda prevalent in the world today. Lies by omission and commission are used in conjunction with imagery to push certain lines and agendas. And to get a fully understanding one should read Propaganda by Edward Bernays. In it Bernays explains where propaganda came from, what its uses are and how to employ it effectively. He gives us some remarkable insights. One of the more interesting aspects of the book is how propaganda has been fully realised within the business setting, even though it was originally used by governments during war time.
To effectively persuade consumers, businesses must understand the common sentiments or what are felt to be common sentiments of society in terms of likes and dislikes. So a general swell of support is amplified by businesses in their advertising which then affects consumers. See my post in how it relates to movies and advertising. Bernays was extremely influential and his teachings have only become accelerated as politics and business use propaganda in ever more audacious ways.
The fact that people in power switch between business and politics clearly shows how the two intertwine. But more than the world of where governments rule over us, we have to be more wary of the ways in which business influences are decisions, choices and beliefs. I work for a media company, and recently we were sent around a info deck from J.
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So if you ever wondered why it seems like advertising companies all seem to push similar vibes, agendas and politics at roughly the same time, this is one of the reasons. Obviously you can see from the intro that there is will be one of the most pozzed documents your eyes will ever see.
This is definitely a trend I noticed. Accelerationism is in full force. They want the next thing! Interesting that there are so, so many slides directly related to feminism, and the only ones related to masculinity are how to dim it down. For example…. Everything has to be changed, but only via buying stuff. Make no mistake, they will draw every last cent out of your genes and DNA. Bread and circuses, my friends. In fact, as Bernays notes:. It was the amusement business—first the circus and the medicine show, then the theater—which taught the rudiments of advertising to industry and commerce.
No one seems to question why there is such a rise in mental health like anxiety and depression.
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Just saying, it might have something to do with materialism? A complete lack of meaning that can only me temporarily filled by consumerism? The two-faced nature of selling psychological health is sickening. Either way accepting who you are is the talk of the weak, and chasing an ideal has been the driving force behind our culture.
A pity the notion of finding yourself has been perverted for propaganda purposes. To blithely state the the average size has increased and not even blink is worrisome. And here we have the full force of propaganda in a nutshell. You have to be making a political statement in the Current Year if you want to have any chance of gathering an audience. The fundamentals of propaganda are deeply rooted in psychology — Bernays was a distant cousin of Freud. He notes that:. These special types of appeal can be popularized by the manipulation of the principles familiar to the propagandist—the principles of gregariousness, obedience to authority, emulation, and the like.
Manipulation is the key word. The propagandist can manipulate via emulation in that we humans have a tendency to copy what others are doing. I mean in this in the most basic sense in that we tend to even copy the gestures and body language of those we talk to. We also have a tendency to appeal to authority. Even if we profess to not believe in religion, there is always a Jeff Bezos or Steve Jobs. And of course, we want to be seen to be happy and agreeable, so it is best to go along with whatever seems to be positive. Using these basics of the human psyche businesses can use imagery, words and a whole range of weapons to shift opinions and sway the masses.
Atomised consumerism is death by a thousand cuts, or in this case, by a thousand subscription services.
By the way, there was no slide on single men. Expect brands to continue to make themselves sterile. Blasphemies against the Church, insinuated underage vibes… This is degeneracy with full advertiser backing.
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Aside from the heresy invoked here, I find it quite an interesting and provocative statement. Is Christianity and the West providing enough female autonomy?
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Or have we just failed to express to women the power that they do have? Politics feeds business which then feeds the public. It is a feedback system that is near impossible to break apart.
You, however, can see it all around you, and there is nothing you can do. The only option is to retreat, to block it out and work on more important things, to banish materialism from you life.
You must go beyond what is presented to you. As Bernard says:. Truth is mighty and must prevail, and if any body of men believe that they have discovered a valuable truth, it is not merely their privilege but their duty to disseminate that truth. The first sentence is how the world in general sees life. An obvious example is immigration, and specifically Islamic immigration. This is neoreaction. The two strands sit together: one for change, one for what comes next. The above image is a quote from a book on CBT, which on first principles looks to me like little more than a more engaged form of Stoicism.
So, thinking through negative thoughts and combating them with acceptance not the kind where you pass it off as good. This manifests itself in so many ways and facets of life. But the bad form of acceptance is directly linked to the thought processes of the democratic society we live in.
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