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Obsessive Rationality Disorder: Adbusters-Diagnosis

Pic: Vanity Fair (PD)

Pic: Vanity Fair (PD)

From the brilliant annals of the technocratic analgesic, Adbusters in Nov-Dec ’13….fictional, but so resonant I think DSM-V should revise to include it!!

-Obsessive Rationality Disorder-

History and Identity:

Formerly known as cognitive compartmentalization syndrome, ORD is a condition wherein emotion and feeling become detached from cognitive processes and social interactions.  Sufferers are driven by progressively irresistible impulses toward exactitude, order and logic.  Daily tasks and household chores are inspected and refined.  Efficiency in all aspects of life becomes an obsession.  Originally thought to be a condition unique to the West, mass social manifestations can now be located throughout the world.

Characteristics of the Disorder:

In early stages, ORD manifests itself in the desire to suppress existential uncertainty with scientific and mathematical exactitude.  Fascination, mystery and the unknown are repressed-first consciously- then unconsciously.  Over the course of the affliction, the coping dimension of the disease transforms from extreme discomfort to mild pleasure, making withdrawal painful and neurologically degenerative.  Those with advanced symptoms often seek out positions of power and influence.  Empathetic and altruistic pleasure centers of the brain shutdown.  In economic and political circles, unhealthy and destructive fixations with profit margins, scientific certainty and mathematical proofs substitute intuitive, ethical and moral considerations,  At this stage, detachment from the natural and experiential wold is complete and successful treatment outcomes are rare.  If not for the pervasiveness of acute-stage ORD, mass institutionalization would be recommended treatment.  Rapture is the only known cure.

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Panting For Breath On A Virtual Shore

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Our brains are being reprogrammed — literally. And not for the better, but droolingly bad.

A “detriment to cognition, concentration, contemplation and psychological health,” causing “structural abnormalities in gray matter” to the tune of a “fifteen percent shrinkage in the area of the brain that controls speech, memory, motor control, emotion, sensory, and other information.”

That´s what research in neuroscience is showing about all of the pervasive technologies — video games, cell phones, televisions, etc — so many of us spend numerous hours hyper-connected to all day long.

And, “This shrinkage is cumulative: The more time online, the more grey matter shrivels.”

“New studies are showing that internet and social media use contribute to or instigate even bigger mental breakdowns: split-personality disorder, delusional and paranoid thought, suicidal thinking, even psychosis . . . psychosis, that is defined as, a loss of what is real.”

These technologies, which we have only really had so dramatically present in our lives for the last five years, are contributing greatly to the mental breakdown of millions of people.… Read the rest

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The War Against Too Much of Everything

The “Buy Nothing Christmas” campaign from Adbusters’Kalle Lasn has attracted the attention of the New York Times:

If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet, don’t bother.

Skip the mall and the neighborhood store, resist the urge to shop online and, by all means, don’t buy anything you don’t truly need.

So says Kalle Lasn, 70, maestro of the proudly radical magazine Adbusters, published in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mr. Lasn takes gleeful pleasure in lobbing provocations at global corporations — and his latest salvo is “Buy Nothing Christmas.”

“As our planet gets warmer, as animals go extinct, as the humans get sicker, as our economies bail and our politicians grow ever more twisted,” Americans just go shopping, Adbusters says on its Web site. Overconsumption is destroying us, yet shopping is “our solace, our sedative: consumerism is the opiate of the masses.”

“We’ve got to break the habit,” Mr.

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Kalle Lasn: The Man Who Occupied Wall Street

Adbuster's Occupy Wall Street poster incorporating the 3D work of Arturo Di Modica titled "Charging Bull".

Adbuster's Occupy Wall Street poster incorporating the 3D work of Arturo Di Modica titled "Charging Bull".

Adbusters’ leader Kalle Lasn receives a lengthy profile in the New York Times:

Kalle Lasn, the longtime editor of the anticonsumerist magazine Adbusters, did not invent the anger that has been feeding the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations across the United States.

But he did brand it.

Last summer, as uprisings shook the Middle East and much of the world economy struggled, Mr. Lasn and several colleagues at the small magazine felt the moment was ripe to tap simmering frustration on the American political left.

On July 13, he and his colleagues created a new hash tag on Twitter: #OCCUPYWALLSTREET. They made a poster showing a ballerina dancing on the back of the muscular sculptured bull near Wall Street in Manhattan.

For some people they were just words and images. For Mr. Lasn, they were tools to begin remodeling the “mental environment,” to create a new “meme,” the term coined by the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins for a kind of transcendent cultural message.

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