background preloader

Texts From Bennett

Texts From Bennett
Related:  Rhetoric and Language

Texts From Last Night untitled George Monbiot on climate change and Big Tobacco | Environment ExxonMobil is the world's most profitable corporation. Its sales now amount to more than $1bn a day. It makes most of this money from oil, and has more to lose than any other company from efforts to tackle climate change. To safeguard its profits, ExxonMobil needs to sow doubt about whether serious action needs to be taken on climate change. But there are difficulties: it must confront a scientific consensus as strong as that which maintains that smoking causes lung cancer or that HIV causes Aids. So what's its strategy? The website Exxonsecrets.org, using data found in the company's official documents, lists 124 organisations that have taken money from the company or work closely with those that have. Among the organisations that have been funded by Exxon are such well-known websites and lobby groups as TechCentralStation, the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation. This is not to claim that all the science these groups champion is bogus. But they do not stop there.

Gay Homophobe Depression Part Two I remember being endlessly entertained by the adventures of my toys. Some days they died repeated, violent deaths, other days they traveled to space or discussed my swim lessons and how I absolutely should be allowed in the deep end of the pool, especially since I was such a talented doggy-paddler. I didn't understand why it was fun for me, it just was. But as I grew older, it became harder and harder to access that expansive imaginary space that made my toys fun. I remember looking at them and feeling sort of frustrated and confused that things weren't the same. I played out all the same story lines that had been fun before, but the meaning had disappeared. Depression feels almost exactly like that, except about everything. At first, though, the invulnerability that accompanied the detachment was exhilarating. The beginning of my depression had been nothing but feelings, so the emotional deadening that followed was a welcome relief. Which leads to horrible, soul-decaying boredom.

How feminist blogs like Jezebel gin up page views One of my friends posted a link to last week's Jezebel post titled "The Daily Show's Woman Problem" as her Gmail chat status, alongside the words "Every woman must read this." Obediently, I clicked, and read a lengthy post that began with the assertion that The Daily Show is a "boys' club where women's contributions are often ignored and dismissed." When I finished reading, I was outraged! But not, as the majority of Jezebel readers and commenters seemed to be, at The Daily Show. Jezebel writer Irin Carmon's argument is essentially this: "Former videogame show host" Olivia Munn may soon become the show's first new female correspondent in seven years, but her potential hiring is nothing to celebrate, because, while she's a woman, she's not the right kind of woman. The rest of the post was given over to quotes from various comediennes and Daily Show executives who'd been fired, or never hired, by the show. Disclosure: Emily Gould worked previously for Gawker Media, which owns Jezebel.

Gweek 061: Trust Me, I'm Lying Click here to play the podcast. In this episode of the Gweek podcast I interviewed Ryan Holiday. Ryan’s the author of Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator. He's a media strategist who started his career as an assistant to Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power and is currently the director of marketing at American Apparel. Bonus! Here's an excerpt from Trust Me, I'm Lying [UPDATE] Irin Carmon responds on this essay she wrote for Salon, "Did I ruin journalism?". Irin Carmon, the Daily Show and Me: The Perfect Storm of How Toxic Blogging Can Be, by Ryan Holiday "Most crucially, that machine, whether it churns through social media or television appearances, doesn’t reward bipartisanship or deal making; it rewards the easily retweetable or sound bite–ready statement, the more outrageous the better." -- Irin Carmon, Jezebel In the first half of my book, I give reader the inside on how to manipulate blogs. I did not fully understand the dangers of that world.

Controlling Sex: Purity or Propaganda | The Eccentric Eclectic's Blogs About Everything and Anything www.LRIGDON.com SEX — – the very word immediately grabs people’s attention. So why is it such a taboo subject? In today’s supposedly modern society, sex has become something so ghastly that we would rather watch movies like Saw and Hellraiser than allow ourselves to watch people having sex. Sexuality has been banned from the public eye. Our society treats sex in this fashion because we have been religiously and socially trained to do so; in other words, we are being controlled with anti-sex propaganda. Think about it — – how do you control a large amount of people? Humans need food, shelter, social interaction, and sex. Each method of control is utilized to avoid problems. Of all the power structures that aim to control people, religion has been among the strongest. Specifically using religion to control sex keeps the church in power by solving the following problems: First, religion can’t exist without followers. But social control does not stop at racism. Like this: Like Loading...

Philip Pilkington: The Fear Industry – Austrian School Propaganda and the Gold Market By Philip Pilkington, a writer and research assistant at Kingston University in London. You can follow him on Twitter @pilkingtonphil When you survey the websites and the pundits of Austrian economics on the internet you tend to get a niggling feeling that they’re trying to sell you something. Of course, every writer is ultimately trying to earn a living but with many Austrians it seems to be a little different. It feels more like many are just churning certain content out in order to flog a certain line which, while certainly not quite mainstream, nevertheless seems geared toward generating if not income then at least traffic. But the sheer scale by which the fear industry has taken off is, to be frank, quite surprising. The thing that really drove home to me the nature of the fear industry is an advertisement that I recently came across on Craigslist (hat tip Nathan Tankus, click to enlarge). The advertisement is for a website entitled Economic Collapse News. 1.

The Battle for the Minds: Modern Gaming and Propaganda | Games Abyss Propaganda in videogames is becoming ever-more prevalent, harnessed by governments, Special Interest Groups, militaries and the PR industry to indoctrinate an overwhelmingly young audience of gamers. In the popular Battlefield and Call of Duty franchises, we see it exhibited in its most crude form. The manipulation of thought, the manufacturing of consent and shaping of ideologies has its modern roots at the start of the First World War. The UK’s Ministry of information, established to whip a pacifist civilian population into rabid anti-German fanatics, shaped forever the landscape in the Battle for the Minds. Its successes did not go unnoticed, impressing the Business World, spawning the modern PR industry, Governments, who decided that control of its population must be fought through the mind and not force and even Hitler, who claimed that Germany lost the war as a result of superior Anglo-American propaganda. Post contributed by Stuart Mario. 78share 1share 0share Related Posts:

Slavoj Žižek Makes A Twine Game [[Cameron Kunzelman| Slavoj Žižek reads a Twine tutorial.\n\nHe reads another.\n\nHe mumbles to himself: "What the fuck is a porpentine?"\n\nHe makes a note to advance a Hegelian theory of the crystal laser goddess.\n\n[[He hacks something together.]] He snorts and stands up. [img[ \nSlavoj clicks send. "Make this into a game," he says to Leonard. <html><font size="+2"<center>Slavoj Žižek Makes A Twine Game</center></font></html>\n\nby Cameron Kunzelman \n\ncommissioned by Ian Bogost\n\n\n\n[[START]] "Oh, you." "A classic of modern storytelling," he says out loud. [img[ \n\n"Sit down, sit down," Slavoj says. [img[ \n\nSlavoj Žižek uses [[Google]]. It is the same dream every time. Leonard has never heard of Slavoj Žižek. When the smoke cleared, someone said it: a job [[well done]].

How to be a Japanese Hipster

Related: