by Alex Cosper
Slow Motion Meltdown
It's okay for a big old world computer corporation that can no longer compete with the innovative players to just play with money and lives. Their main concern is not for the employees other than deciding which ones to cut. The stubborn old world mentality is to stay locked in old patterns, even if they just amount to cycles of fake bubbles and bursts. The old world still adores the 20th century business model, which was that CEOs were stars and everyone else were ants.
The nu world, on the other hand, is tired of the imbalanced economic system and wants quick, radical change so that more people can live better lives. The doomsday crowd is convinced that there is no way to defeat the shrunken heads who control big biz, but sharper thinkers point to the green and organic revolutions as proof that the 21th century is about consumer choice, since both movements have grown from independent influence.
Thanks to the internet people are learning about making better choices for themselves than to go along with corporate compromises. One of the biggest compromises that bluffs society is when a company that manufactures dangerous chemicals makes some kind of deal with the government to not get in trouble for dumping their toxic waste in public water systems. The biggest problem with this type of compromise is that it can harm thousands of people. But if the effects happen in slow motion, and it's not on the news every night, the scare isn't long lasting when the information leaks out.
Faked Out By the News
A lot of people end up saying "everything causes cancer" when they hear about yet another synthetic substance linked to cancer. Our culture is so saturated with synthetic products that it still doesn't occur to people trapped in the plastic old world that a lot of the petroleum-based products on the market do not provide good exposure for the body. Household cleaners, toothpaste and shampoo are full of toxic chemicals. Since about the 1920s western culture has been addicted to synthetic chemicals.
The 1920s was a wild time for music and bootlegging. It marked the rise of jazz and blues as major influences in pop music. It was also the beginning of electronic mass media. Radio provided a new way to entertain and inform people. By the 1950s television began to set the agenda for people's lifestyles and the way they viewed the world. All along national news has been funded by big corporations.
Over time we have learned that a lot of popular myths originated from television, radio and newspapers. Even though each entity on the short list of companies that affect national media has its own agenda, all corporate media outlets chase big sponsors. That's why it's rare to hear on a big corporate network stories about how big corporations are killing society in slow motion. Instead of at least talking about how nu choices can improve the world, mass media giants tend to go along with the old world theme of doomsday approaching so you better keep watching for more news.
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