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Or Kill Me / Re: Sex Sells!
« on: June 26, 2010, 08:47:27 pm »
Pleasure sells.

If you think of it that way, fast-food, soft drinks, video games, fatness, porn, drug addiction and all sort of things make sense.

IOW: illusions of easy gratification sell.

Well yes, but I was talking about the side effects of selling things that way.

Or Kill Me / Sex Sells!
« on: June 26, 2010, 07:30:00 am »
I spontaneously generated this theory. It could amount to nothing, I might be reading a lot more into things than is really there, I don't know. So I'm submitting the theory for peer review and refinement if possible, or complete dismantling if necessary. Here goes.

Sex sells. We know that. I bet it's a phrase every one of us hears five times a week. It's common knowledge. But just how much does it sell? I think it sells a hell of a lot more than anybody really realizes, even the people behind the ads using sex to sell useless crap.

As members of this society we are exposed at very young ages to highly sexual imagery. From the first time we see the TV, read the news, play a game, or buy a doll, we are being trained in the arts of being attractive, learning what to be attracted to, and how to present ourselves sexually -- vaguely if not outright. Bratz dolls, Barbie dolls, GI Joe, almost everything.

Now, before you assume this is just another "leave sex out of my kids' minds" rant (however appropriate that sentiment might be), it isn't. I'm going somewhere off to the side of that whole issue with this.

I think sexual nature of advertising as it is masked and directed at children, is (consciously or not) ultimately designed to activate an "orgasm response" in the target audience. It arouses the libido, and then immediately grabs your attention for its product. This accomplishes much more over the long term, however, than simply selling a product. It cultivates an addiction to immediate gratification, for one.

But maybe more importantly, and especially in the case of advertisements directed at children, it exploits the sex drive prematurely, before a person is able to recognize or control the impulses that have been awakened. It derails the libido, separates it from its natural emotional and instinctual basis, and transforms it into a thirst for material goods and wealth. Presto! New consumer.

But what is left is that, eventually, the act of sex itself is rendered meaningless - emotional fulfillment is now achieved through consumption, so sex is now strictly physical. Furthermore, the emotional act of love is left without a proper release - people fall in love but have no way to express that love in a meaningful manner. Sex is meaningless, and receiving a gift from someone is never quite the same as treating yourself.

There's probably more.

Apple Talk / Re: Post your "American Moments" here.
« on: June 22, 2010, 06:17:34 pm »

Apple Talk / Re: Post your "American Moments" here.
« on: June 19, 2010, 05:20:02 am »
I was complaining earlier about having too much food in the house and not knowing what to pick.

Apple Talk / Re: market research
« on: June 18, 2010, 09:44:01 pm »
There's a WOMP group. The social network itself is pretty much crawling along at just below a snail's pace due to everybody wanting to see results without investing any effort. Including myself.

The Internet is a terrible place to Get Things Done™.

Apple Talk / Re: ATTN, Dok: How the cookie crumbles.
« on: June 18, 2010, 05:12:04 am »

I think Roger is correct in saying that nobody's planning anything. There is, at least in the "developed world," a sense that things have always been the way they are now and that they will somehow always be that way. We are disconnected from history, we have no real vision of the future aside from whatever trinket is being released next quarter, and not a damn one of us really knows what makes society tick.

If there are people with the skills necessary to prop up some semblance of civilization after the Big One, they lack the skills necessary to organize that society into something that can be propped up. And the people who have those skills are distrusted by everyone.

The extremely wealthy will automatically be fucked, when their armies of lawyers and thugs realize the money they can offer them is worthless. The government will bark orders and kill people for a few months but eventually it will become obvious that it was always just a fanciful luxury that hastened rather than staved off the demise of society. The bottom class will last the longest since they are already used to living without much and tend to retain the ability to form friendships based on the communal sharing of goods and services (even if they believe socialism is evil), but they too will succumb to ever-expanding anarchy.

As for technology, the only kind of technology that can "save" us is green, practically unlimited electricity generation and storage. These are no doubt being worked on (and may be completed to some usable degree for all I know), but because of market pressure and political realities, will never be implemented in time to avoid the disaster.

Principia Discussion / Re: Best Music For Sex
« on: June 17, 2010, 03:21:34 pm »
Type O Negative, Black No. 1, because of the lyrics: "Loving you was like loving the dead."

Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED Arizona Hilarity thread
« on: June 16, 2010, 05:47:53 am »
The fact that everybody is calling what Arizona is doing "ignorant" and "racist," and labeling the establishment there as a callous inhuman monstrosity, and belittling the people of Arizona as hicks and rednecks, is exactly why no progress is being made. This is classic divide and conquer, people. We should be reasoning with these people and convincing them (and ourselves) of our shared enemy!

...of course, what Arizona is doing really is ignorant and racist. I'm just saying...

Apple Talk / Re: On the socialization of children
« on: June 14, 2010, 11:48:06 pm »
My 4-year-old has discovered that people die when they get old. He apparently has some level of understanding about what 'death' is because he knows he doesn't want to. In some cases it is clear that this leads to behavioral problems (If I act like a big kid, that means I'm growing up. If I grow up, I will get old and die. Therefore I shall be a snotty little bastard and refuse to behave myself.) Neither I nor my wife know what to make of this or how to properly handle it. We change the subject and tell him not to worry about it, but that isn't a plan for the long-term, especially if his questions persist.

This ties into the religious question because my family is extremely religious although I'm not, and neither is my wife. But were these questions to make their way to my parents' ears, the first thing they would tell my son is "Blah blah Jesus, sins, hell, heaven, blah blah blah," and because I don't want my child's first apparently substantial answer to his questions about death to come from people bent on spoiling his freedom of belief, I feel like I must preemptively their inevitable assault on his mind with a bit of "don't ever believe anything the Jesus freaks tell you." Problem with that is I don't want to spoil his freedom of belief, either.

So I really don't know. Maybe I will teach him something absolutely nonsensical, just so he can continue to believe that until he's old enough to critically think it into the trash. That way he'll be somewhat immune to the nonsense my parents would have him believe forever, since he has something filling that space already. When he's old enough to recognize my story is nonsense, maybe he'll be old enough to also recognize their story as nonsense too. This plan makes me a liar and completely untrustworthy, but by the time he's 15, I'll be that anyway.

Principia Discussion / Re: Frequently asked questions..
« on: June 12, 2010, 09:42:31 pm »
All matter is energy condensed to a slow vibration

your such a tool :lulz:

I knew somebody woulr recognize the reference.

Principia Discussion / Re: Frequently asked questions..
« on: June 11, 2010, 09:08:06 pm »
I've thought for a while now that reality is more or less fractal. What you can see at one level is more or less equal to what you will see at any other level, given enough perceptual ability to translate the information and sensory input. Also I am of the (completely unverifiable) opinion that everything that exists is interconnected because every moment that ever transpires and every object that exists anywhere ultimately combine to form a singular object/event. All matter is energy condensed to a slow vibration, and the universe is a sea of that energy; everything that arises from that energy eventually dissolves back into it, and ultimately, the entire show comes to a slow halt and collapses in on itself in really boring crash that nobody will be alive to see. My only source of information on this is my extensive use of hallucinogenic psychotropic drugs.

Principia Discussion / Re: Frequently asked questions..
« on: June 11, 2010, 08:49:52 pm »

Perhaps we can all agree that a pattern is some condition which exists that allows the human mind to reliably predict something it isn't yet aware of. The value of patterns go far beyond just being recognizable, discernable arrangements of events or objects. They play into our cognitive need to categorize things, people, and events - not just to make sense of what is happening now but to plan for what hasn't happened yet (from our perspective).

In one way this is our imposition of "order" on an inherently "disorderly" universe, but I think that is far to simplistic an explanation for patterns and their usefulness. By virtue of the fact that in many cases (with exceptions, of course) these objectively "arbitrary" things we describe as patterns do in fact allow us to predict the future, there must be more to them than simply our own blind wandering about and labeling things to make ourselves feel comfortable.

I don't know for sure what is going on, any more than the next person does, but I suppose that when we pick out a pattern we are recognizing something of an inherent order to the universe that stretches far outside of our perceptual and cognitive range. Or, if not "order" per se, then at least some property of the universe that we perceive as order. In fact I think it's likely that "order" and "disorder" are entirely meaningless terms objectively and that what we experience as "order" is simply some function or property of the universe we have become familiar with.

I could never take this srsly due to the OP's use of an apostrophe to form the plural of "pope."

GASM Command / Re: NutGASM
« on: June 08, 2010, 02:52:17 am »

Better idea.

Get together with people spanish speaking people you know and RECORD them on video reciting lines from Illuminatus! or the Principia, in Spanish. Then instead of subtitles do a voice-over to "translate" into infuriating statements. Make it believable like you are a professional. But leave the original audio just loud enough so a real expert can do a real translation if they try hard enough. Then we will post these videos on the blog as if we went around interviewing real illegals.

GASM Command / Re: NutGASM
« on: June 08, 2010, 01:25:23 am »
And tag it with a fake conservative think-tank name like 'the American Liberty Fund'

try to make the acronym hilarious.

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