s.n.a.f.u. principle is getting better and better.
“A civilization unable to differentiate between illusion and reality is usually believed to be at the tail end of its existence.”
John Ralston Saul, Voltaire’s Bastards
this video is sailing the net for a while… if you didn’t watch it, please do. if you did, my reason to revlog it here is not because of the 9-11 brou-ha-ha, but is her warning against media concentration… “american media is owned by 4 corporations. one of these is this one” (she’s on ABC).
talk about recursiveness.
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“Corporations are non-living, non-breathing, legal fictions. They feel no pain. They don’t need clean water to drink, fresh air to breathe, or healthy food to consume. They can live forever. They can’t be put in prison. They can change their identity or appearance in a day, change their citizenship in an hour, rip off parts of themselves and create entirely new entities. Some have compared corporations with robots, in that they are human creations that can outlive individual humans, performing their assigned tasks forever.”
Now Corporations Claim The “Right To Lie”
rushkoff as always, nails it:
Realistic simulation (…) applications across the full spectrum of human storytelling may be a symptom of our society’s continuing devaluation of anything that can’t be understood on a literal level. It’s the same trend that’s replacing fictional television with “reality” programming, interfaith dialogue with intolerant fundamentalism, feel-good patriotism with strident nationalism. There are no symbols, just real things.
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