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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)


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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.

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