The Broken Mirror: Intersectionality and the Loss of the Universal

The ‘disarticulation’ of class results in the loss of the possibility of a structural and therefore truly radical critique of capitalism and instead a billion and one private, individualized and antagonistic identities are unleashed. by Tony McKenna  edited by O Society August 15, 2019 Intersectionality is something of a buzzword, both revered and ridiculed. The … Continue reading The Broken Mirror: Intersectionality and the Loss of the Universal

Who Really Controls the Message: Bottlenecks & Amplifiers

To get everyone up to speed on how we got here, the first two boxcars on this train of thought (or non-thought, as the case may be): Trump Controls the Message Because We Enable Him Who Really Controls the Message? by O Society August 5, 2019 In our last discourse, we discovered Trump generates messages … Continue reading Who Really Controls the Message: Bottlenecks & Amplifiers

Gods and Celebrities: Do Both Obsessions Stem from the Same Impulse?

https://youtu.be/6oIQPKaN04A by Tim Wu edited by O Society July 5, 2019 You know celebrity is a really mysterious thing that I don’t think anyone fully understands. Why are we so interested in these people who are just people but somehow have come to embody some greater idea. It’s not even that they’re great. I mean … Continue reading Gods and Celebrities: Do Both Obsessions Stem from the Same Impulse?

“Trump Slump” as Media Hit the Cave Wall

by O Society June 27, 2019 Our current system will not permit our media to discuss propaganda and metacognition and skepticism in a meaningful way that reaches the masses. As you know, instead we get a phake politainment version of these things called “Russiagate.” As long as our media are driven by dollars, which come … Continue reading “Trump Slump” as Media Hit the Cave Wall

Narcissism, Idolatry, and Self-Knowledge

by Max Leyf edited by O Society June 25, 2019 Ours has been called “The Age of Narcissism.” Nobody who can at once participate in, and reflect upon, contemporary society will have any uncertainty as to what this phrase is meant to communicate. Every year sees the release of new means for consumers to capture … Continue reading Narcissism, Idolatry, and Self-Knowledge

With cryptocurrency launch, Facebook sets its path toward becoming an independent nation

The world’s newest country? by Jennifer Grygiel Conversation edited by O Society June 18, 2019 Facebook has announced a plan to launch a new cryptocurrency named the Libra, adding another layer to its efforts to dominate global communications and business. Backed by huge finance and technology companies including Visa, Spotify, eBay, PayPal and Uber – plus … Continue reading With cryptocurrency launch, Facebook sets its path toward becoming an independent nation

How ‘Limbic Capitalism’ Preys on Our Addicted Brains

Make the Limbic System Feel Safe and Included "While the lizard brain wants food, water, and shelter, the limbic system wants to feel like a part of something, to belong. Good brands already know this and successfully push the buttons for each of these three functionalities." https://youtu.be/f7E0mTJQ2KM   Know your brain: Reward system by David T. … Continue reading How ‘Limbic Capitalism’ Preys on Our Addicted Brains