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"Our job is to give people not what they want..."

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  • He has described the philosophy of the most successful corporations, circa 2013. It's one property of late-stage capitalism.

    • by rk (6314)

      Interestingly enough, it's the one property I don't want any company to have with me, EXCEPT for the press. But true to form, it's backwards again.

    • Capitalism would be someone else with a rounder wheel breaking that fascism off in Salent's. . .wherever.
    • by cffrost (885375)

      He has described the philosophy of the most successful corporations, circa 2013. It's one property of late-stage capitalism.

      Yes, but it goes further back than that: it's the philosophy of Freud, later revolutionized and put to use by his nephew, Edward Bernays [wikipedia.org], author of Propaganda [wikipedia.org], which now goes by euphemisms such as "public relations" and "marketing," under the guise of advertising and political rhetoric.

      I believe that people (generally speaking) now do as they're told, while under the belief that they're doing as they wish. I think that some of the best examples of this are unending "voting for the lesser evil," and the sla

      • > do as they're told, while under the belief that they're doing as they wish.

        Perfect statement.

        Breaking through that ice? It's probably why I am motivated to post, at all.

      • by PopeRatzo (965947)

        You're only the third person I've ever encountered who has seen that BBC documentary. You, me, and the person who told me I needed to watch it back in the mid-2000s.

        It really is indispensable if you want to understand society circa 2013.

      • I never saw it. Thanks for the torrents!

        I know Bernays... And reference "Propaganda". I'm of course very interested.

        • by cffrost (885375)

          No problem, buddy. I'm currently seeding the 2.33GB, 4-file version,* if that helps.

          * Hash is: 61D5920DD23DD78723CA0EAD30B6100ABD2A1D1C

          I was led to Bernays > Propagana > BBC's CotS via one of Noam Chomsky's lectures (I can't remember which)... Do you have any recommendations of others' works worth reading/watching/listening to, covering the same or similar broad social/political/economic issues and/or mechanisms? Responses from anyone are warmly welcomed and appreciated.

The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. -- Lily Tomlin

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