This is a thoughtful post by Sabrina Boland, about the psychology of obedience to authority. Some of the studies she discusses in this post are a shocking reminder of how willing we are to give up independent thinking to go with the mob mentality. Perhaps we need to be more aware of how insidious propaganda is, and be more aware that the primitive beast lies within every breast. Read on to hear Sabrina’s views on the subject.
I think Scott Erb makes a good point here, that you don’t have to be Adolf Hitler to be a Fascist, you just have to believe that the state always knows best, and that what the state and its media vehicles tell you is always the truth, and you are well on the way to helping bring about a Fascist society. Erb discusses also how the advertising industry uses similar propaganda and manipulation devices to create new desires in people. He puts it so much better than me, so read on……
The term ‘fascism’ is one of those words that isn’t used in polite company. The images of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis mean that the term is rarely taken seriously, often used to just insult someone, like in a recent internet debate when one guy labeled for no apparent reason geologists concerned about peak oil as “fascists.” And, while Marxian theory and socialism remain acceptable despite the horrors done in their name, fascism is seen as the nefarious ideology, defeated and evil.
As someone who is most decidedly anti-fascist, I find that a dangerous state of mind. Fascism is not only real, but has many forms. It is not inherently anti-semitic, and in fact can appear quite benign. I won’t go into the academic debates about the meaning of the term, though wikipedia gives a good summary. They are concerned with political fascism, which is primarily a nationalist ideology which…
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A great post by Scott Erb about how self-interest is the norm in our society, and considered by some to be as part of human nature. He argues that it is constantly used, a la Gorden Gekko to argue that greed is good. He says that the problems arise when we try to separate our own interests from the interests of others. Read more here
I love this post. It brings back so many memories of teenage years, which were largely about hair and teeth problems, as well as how to get boys, while being simultaneously unimpressed by them.
If you’ve ever wondered what being a Goth is all about, this is a super post about Goth culture in Dublin by Jennifer Roche.
For most of us, music is the lifeblood of our gothic lifestyle. Contrary to popular opinion, we’re a sociable lot and like nothing better than to spend a night mingling while listening and dancing to our favourite dark tunes.
So where to go in Dublin if you’re Goth? At the moment, there is no definitive list of gothic pubs and clubs so I decided to post about what’s running in Dublin on a regular basis right now.
Exquisite Corpse: Dedicated to bringing you the best of goth, post punk, death-rock and dark-wave music. I contacted one of the organisers (who prefers to remain anonymous) and he gave me the following:
“While a lot of goth/industrial nights focus on the big names of the 80’s when it comes to goth, we instead focus on the music that was created in the 25 years after those heydays, eschewing nostalgia for fresher, newer…
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John Seabrook’s ‘The Song Machine’ is reviewed by ganglesprocket here ( I love that he says he ‘wrote this up tipsy and I’m a bit embarrassed about how poor my writing was’)
Author:John Seabrook Why does every pop tune sound the same these days? That’s the question answered in this, rather brilliant book about the music industry these days. John Seabrook takes us into the world in…
Source: The Song Machine | The Afterword