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This Banksy thing today, although small – a bit of a joke to most – effectively summarizes the hive mind exploited by the media. Here's why…
Before I'd woken up today the internet was in a frenzy and I found link after link on all platforms of social media regarding the arrest of Banksy. The vast majority of those posting links to this story clearly hadn't taken the time to fully read the article in question as if one had, you'd see bad taste references to self-rape and an "anti-masturbation dolphin".
Now, I know this is all fun and games, but lets take a look at other stories in the media that have had this exact same effect of hive mind overreaction and lack of detailed analysis.
So how's the ice bucket challenge going for everyone?
They're strange phenomenons, these "viral" – read: infectious – internet campaigns which drive people into a frenzy of conformity, each man to the last eager to prove themselves one of the tribe and perform some weirdly ritualistic task in front of a camera before projecting it onto the social media landscape.
Another fascinating perspective on the possibility of alternate universes from The New York Times:
Zooming through a Stockholm intersection on his bicycle one morning, 18-year-old Max Tegmark never saw the truck that hit him. The blast of a horn, the screech of tires and a sickening thud followed in quick succession, extinguishing a young life filled with promise.
Are you a conformist?
Via Red Ice Creations:
Modern psychiatry has become a hotbed of corruption, particularly the kind that seeks to demonize and declare mentally ill anyone who deviates from what is regarded as the norm. This is abundantly evident in the latest installment of the industry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, which dubs people who do not conform to what those in charge declare to be normal as mentally insane.
Having worked in the entertainment industry I appreciate how hard VFX guys work for very little in return.
Torture and dictatorships – it's the CIA way.
Via Global Research:
Only one conclusion can be drawn from the report published in the Washington Post Tuesday giving grisly details of CIA torture of prisoners and systematic lying by government officials to cover it up: the US ruling elite as a whole is guilty of war crimes for which it must be held accountable.
The Post report, based on leaks from unnamed “US officials,” describes the findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the operation of CIA “black sites”—the secret prisons in Afghanistan, Poland, Romania, Thailand and other countries where prisoners were held for “interrogation,” i.e., waterboarding, sleep deprivation, beatings, stress positions, induced hypothermia and other forms of torture.
I couldn't find an article about Easter drugs so this one will have to do instead.
Via Cannabis Culture:
Although most people see Christmas as a Christian holiday, many of the symbols and icons we associate with Christmas celebrations are actually derived from the shamanistic traditions of the tribal peoples of pre-Christian Northern Europe.
The sacred mushroom of these people was the red and white amanita muscaria mushroom, also known as "fly agaric." These mushrooms are now commonly seen in books of fairy tales, and are usually associated with magic and fairies. This is because they contain potent hallucinogenic compounds, and were used by ancient peoples for insight and transcendental experiences.
Damn those pesky environmentalist groups, always obstructing profits.
Via The Guardian:
Coalition MPs and industry groups are using a review of competition laws to push for a ban on campaigns against companies on the grounds that they are selling products that damage the environment, for example by using old-growth timber or overfished seafood.
Can the love drug make you facist? VICE investigates…
You don’t have a lot of time for rational thought after dropping a pill. Three Mitsis in and you’re almost entirely preoccupied with finding out what people’s scarves feel like, or busy trying to focus on literally anything through your rapid-fire flicker-eyes. So you’d have thought that, amid all the euphoria and heart palpitations, there surely wouldn't be space to get hung up on the ethnicity of everyone around you.
So if you're rich and white you get away with child abuse, and if you're poor and black… nothing's changed, America!
In 2009, when Robert H Richard IV, an unemployed heir to the DuPont family fortune, pled guilty to fourth-degree rape of his three-year-old daughter, a judge spared him a justifiable sentence – indeed, only put Richard on probation – because she figured this 1-percenter would "not fare well" in a prison setting.