Cam’s World 29 July, 2007

What does driving a Prius *say* about you? As a person?

What a load of crap.

You aren’t defined as a person by what clothes you wear or by the car you drive. You are defined by what you *do*. Are you contributing something every day towards the betterment of the human race? Or are you merely buying things you don’t need with money you don’t have to impress people you don’t like?

The average income per household (in real dollars) in Australia is up 300% since 1950. And yet two-thirds of the population believe they don’t have enough money to buy everything they *need* to be happy. The advertising industry spends billions of dollars a year trying to convince you that you are unhappy, incomplete, that you aren’t successful until you have one more piece of *stuff*. The Government, the media, big business and the advertising industry all want you to buy more stuff and they spend BILLIONS trying to convince you that you *need* it. Not just want it – NEED it. Advertising is all about creating new wants and then turning those wants into NEEDS. You can fill that hole inside of you, the hole that tell you that you aren’t quite right, if you just buy a new pair of shoes, flat screen tv, house, shares, iphone. Meanwhile, the factories that make the stuff, vomit out pollution into the atmosphere, use energy which is dug out of the ground, that requires us to invade other countries, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.

Where does it end?

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Sitting at a cafe this morning, scanning the paper, saw lots of stories about celebrities out of control – Lohan, Richie, Spears, Hilton. All women. Girls, really. The media built them up into massive celebrities, role models for young girls, sexual fantasies for men and boys, and is now viciously tearing them down. It can’t be a coincidence. There must be an agenda. I’m trying to figure out what it is. Why are we seeing the destruction of the young female sex icon? What are they trying to tell us? That young women can’t be trusted? That our women are out of control? That behind every attractive young woman lies an alcoholic, drug-dependent kleptomaniac? That we cannot trust our fantasies? In this era of mass media controlled celebrity, we no longer have leaders. Who are our heroes? Who are the people we look up to?

Sporting stars. The media builds them into celebrities and then reveals that they are all secretly druggies, lying sex maniacs, violent misoginists.

Actors. But then we find out they are all druggies, racists, wife-beaters.

Reality TV stars. But then we find out they are all vacuous and slutty.

Business people. But then we find out they lied about stock options and profits, raped the environment, took the money and run.

What’s the common theme?

The mass media builds up non-entities into celebrities, heroes, and then tears them down in front of our eyes. They spend a couple of years telling you to admire someone, and then show you how shallow, cheap, flawed your hero is.

The message?

There is no-one to look up to. Your heroes are all shameful. Your politicians are liars, cheaters, bullshit artists, greasing their own pockets. Your sporting heroes used drugs to enhance their performance and have out of control egos.

So who do they want you to trust?

Them. The media. Trust them. They will look after you. Tell you who to trust and who not to trust. Tell you which politician to vote for. Which country to invade. Which products to buy. Which foreign leaders to fear. Which dark-skinned person to put in jail because they don’t look like you and don’t believe what you believe.

It’s an economy of lies and the biggest lies, the biggest fraud, is committed by the very people telling you what to believe and what not to believe.

The mass media.

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Speaking of things I *need* – check out this AT-ST Second Life avatar!

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I’ve created a couple of groups inside Second Life. You can now add yourself to the following groups:

  • Friends Of G’Day World
  • MODM
  • The Podcast Network
  • If I knew how to link directly to those groups from here, I would. But I don’t. So for now you just need to search for them in-world. Or you can add “Cameron Switchblade” to your friends and check out the groups I belong to.

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    Apparently people DON’T need to be in Facebook to view or RSVP to an event in Facebook. That’s good news. One less reason for the spate of recent Facebook phobia I was subject to.

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    Update on that Paypal fraud issue I had a week ago. Remember I ordered some products off a website, never received them, couldn’t get the site to respond to my emails, they didn’t have a listed telephone number? Well I took Fi’s advice (thanks Fi!) and made a complaint via Paypal. The process took a couple of minutes and, a couple of days later, the company refunded my money, claiming they were out of stock with the product. A good outcomes from Paypal! Obviously the company (DirectDiscount.us) takes Paypal’s emails more seriously than they do mine. A lesson for anyone out there who gets ripped off in a Paypal transaction – make a complaint.

    3 thoughts on “Cam’s World 29 July, 2007

    1. Decent points on media Cam. I think it’s also related to the whole soapy style of story telling. Some characters go up, some go down but there’s always something happening to make every episode a must watch. In the real world, if things aren’t happening fast enough then obviuosly the media will need to take matters into its own hands.

      In terms of young starlets copping it as a group, maybe the trash mags have taken it to another level and merged the individual charaters into one character. It’s a logical progression i think. Looking at each person as an individual might produce a zero net effect which, for the overall week’s gossip, isn’t that interesting. Everyone taking a fall in one week though is now something to talk about and need updates on.

    2. Cam, Cam, Cam, tis a very simple agenda. What sells papers?

      Today it’s building stars and sheep want to read the latest, they hit the rails and people want the latest.

      Air time, ratings, it’s all very simple. Hell I heard a CNN staffer say as much in my DC days around the time of Princess Diana’s death.

    3. Thomas, I think it’s more sinister than that. The whole “we just give people what they want” line is disingenuous. The advertising industry spends a lot of money understanding the psychology of what makes people want to buy more. Part of that is making them feel hollow. It’s insidious. Keep the people feeling scared, weak and hollow and they are easier to manipulate.

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