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   Re: <nettime> Fwd: [CTHEORY] Article 136 - The Digital Death Rattle ofthe Americ
     spornitz {AT} mts.net                                                                

   Re: <nettime> Fwd: [CTHEORY] Article 136 - The Digital Death Rattle of   the Ame
     David Patterson <cptanalog {AT} fastermac.net>                                       



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Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 16:08:48 -0600 (CST)
From: spornitz {AT} mts.net
Subject: Re: <nettime> Fwd: [CTHEORY] Article 136 - The Digital Death Rattle ofthe American Middle Class

I've run into the term "cognitive dissonance" while doing science demos at
the local science centre; normally it refers to the kind of experience
where, say, we cut a mobius strip in half, lengthwise, and we are left with
only one piece. We thing one thing will happen, then learn that a different
thing happens.

I think what you are referring to here is better classified as "ignorance".
I don't think it helps these poor stupid fools any to couch their
increasingly pathetic circumstances in fancy-pants language.

Just a thought.
- -b

ps -try the mobius strip thing; it's nifty! ;->


"E. Miller" <subscriptionbox {AT} squishymedia.com> wrote:
>The problem is that it's not just the elite supporting the policies that
>shift even more power and wealth to the elite.  There's a large degree of
>complacency within the middle and working classes in the US, possibly
>because the benefits of globalized labor and production are clear to all
>(hey, cheap TVs at Wal-Mart!) while the disadvantages are much less
>apparent.  


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Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2003 16:19:48 -0600
From: David Patterson <cptanalog {AT} fastermac.net>
Subject: Re: <nettime> Fwd: [CTHEORY] Article 136 - The Digital Death Rattle of   the American Middle Class

Yeah, those cheap TV's are great until the thing breaks after six months and
you discover that your warranty only covers labor for 90 days and the first
hour of diagnosis costs more than the TV.

I've always been confused by the fact that those who would most benefit from
Socialism are often its most vocal opponents. You see the guy who's just taken
a pay cut in order to prop up stock prices and bonuses for managment waving a
flag and voting Republican. As long as the underclasses can be bamboozled into
believing in some other scapegoat as the source of their problems, they will
continue to support those who actually keep them down. The scapegoat is one of
the primary elements of fascism.
Myth is just so much more comforting than reality. Unfortunately our
"educational" system is more supportive of myth.

"E. Miller" wrote:

> The problem is that it's not just the elite supporting the policies that
> shift even more power and wealth to the elite.  There's a large degree of
> complacency within the middle and working classes in the US, possibly
> because the benefits of globalized labor and production are clear to all
> (hey, cheap TVs at Wal-Mart!) while the disadvantages are much less
> apparent.
--
"That which you call progress is nothing but the desperate belief that that
which falls can fall upward."
Franz Werfel



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