We are a thirsty people! Fortunately Nestlé, one of the world’s most profitable corporations, lovingly offers us its wholesome waters. Pumped straight from drought-ridden California, their thirst-quenching bottles of water are crisp and clear…with a refreshing aftertaste of bribery and deforestation.
“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. By robbing them of their personality, he puts them outside the pale of moral obligation.”
(Aldous Huxley, The Olive Tree, 1937)
It’s nice to know that in a contemporary art world filled with posers, pretense and brazen commodification, one can still come across works of genuine beauty and power.
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”
(Sinclair Lewis in It Can’t Happen Here)
Our Best Friends are Robots.
Amid the siren call to conformity and consumerism, a thing of worth occasionally emerges from the MTV machine. This time a short and brilliant film about children, labor and the world in which we find ourselves.
The music is Radiohead’s “All I Need.” The project comes from MTV’s Exit campaign against human trafficking & exploitation.
Sure, terrible things go on in this world, but look at the bright side — 3.5 billion people live in poverty! Capitalist and all around idiot Kevin O’Leary leads the cheers.
“A single flight of planes no bigger than a wedge of geese can quickly end this island fantasy, burn the towers, crumble the bridges, turn the underground passages into lethal passages, cremate the millions.”
(E.B. White, 1948, This is New York)
Kurt Vonnegut on Sea Pirates and the brave history of America from his Breakfast of Champions.