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Tue, Oct. 20th, 2009 12:00 am
Sliced, diced, pickled and boxed

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(Anonymous)
Mon, Oct. 19th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
manufacturing consent

sounds like a fair amount of hypocrisy and double standards all around.

also reminds me of the chomsky book/documentary Manufacturing Consent; available on youtube everywhere. there's a great part where they show how an article on the east timor genocide is systematically carved up by different news sources (NYT included) and essentially whitewashed the damning bits (read: the parts that would alarm the state dept. and white house)...


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Oct. 19th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Re: manufacturing consent

From my point of view, almost all the most interesting bits have gone in the published version -- not just the political points (life expectancy in the US being lower, cigarette companies controlling food companies, the US failing to support small companies the way Japan and France do) or the intellectual references (Max Weber falls by the wayside) but also the finest phrases, on a purely literary level: the bento box as a "screenless laptop", the provocation of the final suggested motto "Give me convenience and give me death!"

It may be that these are the sorts of things you can really only say in the New York Review of Books. It's worth trying to place them elsewhere, anyway.


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pay_option07
pay_option07
Tue, Oct. 20th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Re: manufacturing Give me

It's an obvious disregard for the traditional which is the viral component of all that America exports.
It's all about being big and franchised which in itself becomes a sort of assimilation tool. The small corner pizzeria which we all know was the best converted to a "Give Me".
I think Obama broke that tradition by eating chocolate chip cookies and pizza from small hometown biz. Maybe there is hope!


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Oct. 23rd, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
Re: manufacturing Give me / Hope? Nope!

sorry, he's continuing two wars (this in the midst of a nobel "peace" prize), giving massive handouts to wall street and big pharma, backing down on health care and dragging his feet on just about everything else. looks like business as usual, folks!


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