Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies



Support the IEET



The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States. Please give as you are able, and help support our work for a brighter future.


Search the IEET
Subscribe and Contribute to:


Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Quick overview of biopolitical points of view




whats new at ieet

What, Me Worry? - I Don’t Share Most Concerns About Artificial Intelligence

Human Rights for Cyberconscious Beings

The Scientific Method is a Scientific Idea that is Ready for Retirement

Does the Biblical God Exist? - I Think We Can Do Better

Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck

The Long Stop (short story)


ieet books

Apex
Author
Ramez Naam


comments

dobermanmac on 'The Semi-Orthogonality Thesis - examining Nick Bostrom’s ideas on intelligent purpose' (May 26, 2015)

ValerieTarico on 'Does the Biblical God Exist? - I Think We Can Do Better' (May 25, 2015)

Rick Searle on 'The Scientific Method is a Scientific Idea that is Ready for Retirement' (May 25, 2015)

Lincoln Cannon on 'Does the Biblical God Exist? - I Think We Can Do Better' (May 25, 2015)

Lincoln Cannon on 'The Semi-Orthogonality Thesis - examining Nick Bostrom’s ideas on intelligent purpose' (May 25, 2015)

Jessie Henshaw on 'The Scientific Method is a Scientific Idea that is Ready for Retirement' (May 25, 2015)

KevinC on 'Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck' (May 25, 2015)







Subscribe to IEET News Lists

Daily News Feed

Longevity Dividend List

Catastrophic Risks List

Biopolitics of Popular Culture List

Technoprogressive List

Trans-Spirit List



JET

Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

Hottest Articles of the Last Month


The Scientific Method is a Scientific Idea that is Ready for Retirement
May 25, 2015
(10427) Hits
(3) Comments

The Age of Transhumanist Politics Has Begun: Will It Change Traditional Concepts of Left and Right?
Apr 27, 2015
(9772) Hits
(5) Comments

We Should Consider The Future World As One Of Multi-Species Intelligence
May 20, 2015
(7231) Hits
(4) Comments

‘Let’s Kick Islam & Christianity out of Africa’ - interview with Nigerian activist Jd Otit
May 19, 2015
(6224) Hits
(1) Comments



IEET > Rights > FreeThought > Economic > Vision > Bioculture > Technoprogressivism > Staff > J. Hughes > CSR

Print Email permalink (2) Comments (6032) Hits •  subscribe Share on facebook Stumble This submit to reddit submit to digg


Tech for People, not for Corporate Control



Kalle Lasn

Changesurfer Radio

Posted: Jun 18, 2011


Dr. J. chats with Kalle Lasn, founder of Adbusters Magazine, The Media Foundation, and The Powershift Ad Agency, TV Turnoff Week and Buy Nothing Day, author of Culture Jam: How to Reverse America’s Suicidal Consumer Binge—And Why We Must and co-author of the spoof Cyborg Manifesto. (Originally broadcast February 11, 2005)


Listen/View


Print Email permalink (2) Comments (6033) Hits •  subscribe Share on facebook Stumble This submit to reddit submit to digg


COMMENTS


Convincing; now you have to convince the GOP, they have a death-grip on America (and America is still the locus of capitalism), they utilize the politics of nostalgia to sell the Republican electorate on how if they keep voting for Bushes, Doles, McCains, then someday another Reagan will be elected to purify capitalism. The GOP is astute in selling flag, apple pie, and Gipper.
Naturally there is much more to it than merely electoral politics however why is it, do you think, the GOP is so determined to sell their candidates? because they think if they make the same mistake over & over that a different outcome will be the result.



Naturally, Kalle isn't going on about politics. But there's an old facetiousness: you say to someone, 'not everything is political', and your interlocutor replies: 'that is in itself a political sentiment'. And of course the reply isn't entirely incorrect, "politics" is fancy for policies, the levers we pull, the buttons that we push, to influence the world outside where we each are. Simple enough. Where it gets fast is attempting to think how we can change hyper-consumerism, including celebrity worship (image commodification) at the top; and trash culture worship at the bottom. A hard one to figure... how CAN something so deep seated as hyper-consumerism be changed?
For brevity's sake I'll stick with politics:
something many progressives for instance have trouble realizing is how different the South and Midwest are from the East & West coasts. Decades ago progressives would tell me we are "basically progressive", yet this isn't exactly the case, New England may be fairly progressive; the Northwest may be somewhat progressive; however there's a great deal of difference between Frisco and Dallas; between Boston and Peoria. Which is to say the memes are not only anachronistic as to time, but also as to place-- one can move away from Peoria, but Peoria is still there after you leave, Peorians still vote for the corniest rubes imaginable, and they virtually do worship consumerism. 'Cathected' is the operative word, they are emotionally invested in consumerism.
So the question is, though non-hyperconsumerism might someday play in Brattleboro, in Madison, in Boulder, in Berkeley; can non-hyperconsumerism play in Peoria? IMO such is not at all off-topic.



YOUR COMMENT (IEET's comment policy)

Login or Register to post a comment.

Next entry: Sousveillance: A New Era for Police Accountability

Previous entry: 10 Future Technologies That Already Exist

HOME | ABOUT | FELLOWS | STAFF | EVENTS | SUPPORT  | CONTACT US
SECURING THE FUTURE | LONGER HEALTHIER LIFE | RIGHTS OF THE PERSON | ENVISIONING THE FUTURE
CYBORG BUDDHA PROJECT | AFRICAN FUTURES PROJECT | JOURNAL OF EVOLUTION AND TECHNOLOGY

RSSIEET Blog | email list | newsletter |
The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States.

Contact: Executive Director, Dr. James J. Hughes,
56 Daleville School Rd., Willington CT 06279 USA 
Email: director @ ieet.org     phone: 860-297-2376