by Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times At the dark heart of corporate consumer culture lie the social programs that mass-produce conformity, obedience, acquiescence and consent for the matrix. The cult of celebrity is the royal monarch of these schemes, the ace in the hole for mass mind control and the disempowerment of the individual. This is the anointed paradigm of idol worship and idol sacrifice, a vampire’s feast on our individual and collective dreams. Who do you love? Who do you hate? Who do want to be like? Combine this paradigm with the technology of social media, and the individual is flung into oblivion, never fully … Continue reading SMASHING THE CULT OF CELEBRITY AND THE DISEMPOWERMENT GAME
Katy Perry performs during her ‘Witness: The Tour’ in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Scott Legato/Getty For Adorno, popular culture is not just bad art – it enslaves us to repetition and robs us of our aesthetic freedom by Owen Hulatt is a teaching fellow in philosophy at the University of York. His research focuses on profundity in music and art. His latest book is Adorno’s Theory of Aesthetic and Philosophical Truth: Texture and Performance (2016). Edited by Nigel Warburton Classical music and high European culture were at the heart of Theodor Adorno’s philosophy and outlook on life. He was born in 1903 in Frankfurt in … Continue reading Against popular culture
Former Lehman Brothers Chief Executive Richard Fuld. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters The financial world is a theatrical production, abundantly lubricated by that magical elixir of illusionists: confidence by Matt Seybold assistant professor of American literature and Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College in New York. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics. His writing has appeared in Mark Twain Annual, T S Eliot Studies Annual, Henry James Review, and Reception. Edited by Marina Benjami On 10 June 2008, Dick Fuld, the soon-to-be infamous CEO of a soon-to-be infamous investment bank, Lehman Brothers in New York, assembled his executive committee in response to a second-quarter earnings report … Continue reading Confidence tricks
“If I was running the Russian intel services, I’d just pay to send a few Nebraska county commissioners to Disneyland — that would keep our seventeen US intel agencies busy until kingdom come trying to figure out the angle.” by James Howard Kunstler. The author is a prominent American social critic, blogger, and podcaster, and we carry his articles regularly on RI. His writing on Russia-gate has been highly entertaining. He is one of the better-known thinkers The New Yorker has dubbed ‘The Dystopians’ in an excellent 2009 profile, along with the brilliant Dmitry Orlov, another regular contributor to RI (archive). These theorists believe that modern society is headed for … Continue reading America Is Descending Into a Dangerous Psychosis
by Anna Hunt, Staff Writer Waking Times The world has changed tremendously from the time of our ancestors. Today, we develop most of our beliefs based on external forces, with very little first-hand experience. Where the early humans relied on direct sensory experience to shape their beliefs, we now rely on language and our own ability to discern falsehoods from truth. With language, we undoubtedly receive a plethora of opinions and bias based on the orator’s own belief system. Yet, we are willing to believe much, without taking the time to investigate new ideas or seeking to experience them first-hand. What is … Continue reading THE SCIENCE BEHIND WHY PEOPLE ARE SO EASILY FOOLED
An investigation into a surprisingly divisive question by MARINA KOREN It seemed like an easy question. The query came from a Twitter poll I spotted on my news feed last week, from user @cgpgrey. “Please help resolve a marital dispute,” @cgpgrey wrote. “You would describe the color of a tennis ball as:” green, yellow, or other. Yellow, obviously, I thought, and voted. When the results appeared, my jaw dropped with cartoonish effect. Of nearly 30,000 participants, 52 percent said a tennis ball is green, 42 percent said it’s yellow, and 6 percent went with “other.” I was stunned. I’d gone from being … Continue reading What Color Is a Tennis Ball?
(Natural News) Swiss food giant Nestle is coming under fire for misleading consumers using nutritional claims regarding its infant formulas. by: Isabelle Z. A report by the Dutch group Changing Markets Foundation and Globalization Monitor that investigated the way Nestle markets infant formula around the world found that their health claims regarding nutrition and ingredients were based on marketing strategies rather than scientific evidence. They reached their conclusion after studying more than 70 Nestle baby milk product across 40 countries. The firm often boasts of its commitment to science, but the report accuses them of manipulating people’s emotional responses to sell their … Continue reading Nestle accused of using JUNK SCIENCE to market infant formula products to gullible women