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Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 01:36 am
Capitalism: doesn't it make you (mentally) sick?

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krskrft
krskrft
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Re: competitive un-consumption

Well, I do buy into the concept of people passively accepting ideas that have been mythologized over centuries, or even decades. Official, patriotic ideas do actually seem to permeate and take root in the culture. One can best see this in the "American Dream" myth, the one of picket fences and the 2.5-kid nuclear family, etc. And really, the "American Dream" is just a 1950s, suburban reinvention of the prevailing ideal of spreading out on the frontier. We have so much space in America that there always (it is perceived) exists a new frontier, room to spread out all the things you've acquired, in privacy from neighbors. The individual estate.

As far as media messages of the moment, however, I agree with you that those are largely ephemeral, more a reflection of what people (or a certain segment of people) desire than any kind of overt mind control meant to make people change their desires.


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ajkandy.myopenid.com
ajkandy.myopenid.com
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Re: competitive un-consumption

Ah well, I'm Canadian, so it doesn't count :)


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ajkandy.myopenid.com
ajkandy.myopenid.com
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Re: competitive un-consumption

oh, but on the notion of the American Frontier:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUKOebCbINc


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