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  1. Yes, it seems exactly that hopeless a task to restrain the inexorable steamroller of PR propaganda flattening susceptible minds.

  2. Hard to step outside the commodification of existence when one’s life has been commodified.

    Tabula rasa: we’re all blank slates for the market. Especially as industrial capitalism has confined more of us to cities, from which we get ‘civilization’ in all its carceral forms, human relations are emptied of meaning and purpose except as extensions of the market uber alles and commodity fetishism: “the population no longer relies upon social organization in the form of family, friends, neighbors, community, elders, children, but with few exceptions must got market and only to market, not only for food, clothing, and shelter, but also for recreation, amusement, security, for care of the young, the old, the sick, the handicapped. In time not only the material and service needs but even the emotional patterns of life are channeled through the market.” (Harry Braverman, Labor and Monopoly Capital).

    With the current 4th industrial revolution of biodigital convergence, colonization approaches completion. If we compliantly go along, (post-)humanity 2.0 won’t even recognize the prison because it will be consciousness programmed entirely by AI. Luddism, anyone?

  3. And therein lies the problem!

    Seriously, the only effective solution is for people to work on themselves in order to shed their material desires. Anything less leads to stuff like this. On a societal level, we need to ban advertising, and I mean all of it. People know what they need, and they can search for it. Brainwashing people into thinking that they need all this crap is a large part of the problem.

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