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  •  "Permanent Adolescence" has been a goal (26+ / 0-)

    of political and business marketers for at least 40 years. You just have to look at the content of media to see how acting like a 14 year old is glorified, and acting like an adult is treated as just plain stupid.

    After the 1970s discovery that adolescents part with their money much more easily than older folks, and were more manipulable in political thinking, there's been a nexus of psychologists/admen, politicians, and business to replace reason with desire.

    In effect to root out Adult values and treat the satisfaction of appetites as the only value. Thus we saw the entire culture changed by mass-media in just 2 or 3 years around debt: before it was odious and a cause of shame to be in debt (except for large-ticket items like houses and cars); after the propaganda, you were stupid to not take advantage of debt, so as to get every thing your heart desires. As quick as that. And look at the result: death of the middle-class and debt-slavery, global warming (consumerism is a key driver of that), Democracies which never deliver democratic outcomes...

    There were recently some diaries about Obama's Voter Lists. I didn't follow it closely, but I did catch the part where this list includes what magazines voters subscribe to, and all sorts of personal details. Standard market research.

    The debate was whether Obama should share this list with other Democrats. Which missed the serious point entirely: In a Democracy of Informed Adults participating in their governance, no such list should exist! In a Democracy of the Easily Manipulated, however, such things are mandatory, and part of political "sophistication."

    Watch "Happiness Machines":

    The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

    by Jim P on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 09:54:53 AM PST

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