Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Occupy just a little patience...
The 1% is killing the planet partly because they choose to look no further ahead than the next fiscal quarter. Our spectacle culture exists to train and condition the 99% to maintain an equally narrow and lethal perspective.
Take sports, for example. Every game—every play—is do-or-die and seems to carry profound meaning. A baseball player strikes out and it’s time to trade him because he’s clearly lost bat speed. That same player gets a game-winning hit the next day and yeah, he’s Mr. Clutch.
The same concept applies widely—as in movies (and their stars) judged almost exclusively on opening weekend sales number or presidential candidates going from “favorite” to “has-been” in the time it takes for New Hampshire to hold a primary. All this social programming adds up to a general population often unable to distinguish between a genuinely meaningful moment and a cynically manufactured distraction.
One of my recent OWS photos:
The real welfare cheatsShare