"Ah, in any case, this may sound too cynical. I have tried to, well, of course it sounds too cynical, but it’s sort of hard to feel bad about that, about ending up in a kind of cynical spot. Because, ah, the handlers and the various, ah… the handlers of the systems of mass culture could not possibly be more cynical than they are; both about public taste, about their own complicity with power. I’d love to see a news report that says “Oh by the way, we are speaking for the people who run your life, don’t worry about it”… “This news report is not true”… Then we all go “Oh it’s time to watch the not true news report…” So, I mean, don’t kill the messenger, you get it? I didn’t build that system; I am just trying to describe it to you. The description of it sounds cynical, but on the other side of it there is a possible kind of freedom… on the other side of that… I don’t know how to describe it, or how to even evoke it.

Onward... )
Instrumental rationality falls apart with more than one actor. Game Theory, two shepherds each with one hundred sheep. Enough grass for one hundred sheep only. The most rational decision for each shepherd is to send his herd in to eat as much as possible. All the sheep die(most? why?) and it's a lose-lose.
"Baudrillard argues that this process is… one of the central things is the way in which we… that’s changed us fundamentally and has helped to bring our relations as humans to a close. I mean, in a way Baudrillard sees himself as a post-apocalyptic writer. For Baudrillard the apocalypse has already occurred; it wasn’t religious or anything, it was not atomic bombs. At some point in the development of technology human beings ceased to be the reason of things and things took on their own reasons… technological things."

I stand in the apocalypse of meaning. May you live in interesting times, they say.

Often I will refer to the feeling of raising my head above the water and looking back to realize I have been sleeping through life for days or weeks. Over the past few years observation has revealed this state to be the norm for the majority of people encountered. Rick Roderick speaks about how the goal of popular culture today is to extinguish the remaining suburbs of awareness in an otherwise darkened city of mind.

A Google car with a street view camera has been parking nearby. An apparatus is mounted to the roof and folded down on itself, clothed in tight fitting black to protect from elements while adding to mystique. The size and voyeuristic intent magnify the cameras inherent eroticism while contrasting perversely with the calculated cheeriness of company decals.

Snapping a photo of the beast felt satisfyingly rebellious and vaguely pornographic.


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