Blueprint for Change an essay divided in 7 chapters, by our contributor Carlos Cuellar Brown. In the several chapters, such as “Change,” “Energy,” “Self-reliance,” or Food autonomy,” Cuellar explains and under builds his vision of how we can create a wiser, healthier and wholesome future.Read More
Many of us would probably love to work with our hands more or learn an old-school craft, yet, taking the necessary steps to making it happen are not always that simple.Read More
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Containing 80% of all life on Earth, only 3% of the ocean is protected! On that note, the recently reorganized fashion brand Kenzo announced a partnership with the Blue Marine Foundation to create a collection that campaigns against overfishing and pollution.Read More
After the first ever photos, extraordinary aerial footage of one of the world’s last uncontacted tribes has been released. Survival’s new film, narrated by Gillian Anderson, has launched this campaign to help protect the earth’s most vulnerable peoples.Read More
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A known fact (imported from America): It’s fun to make fun of hipsters. But what is a hipster really? The word “hipster,” today, stands for a wide population of confused (but undeniably fashionable) youths, and so, the word’s become more of a catch-all rather than an adjective of proper purpose.Read More
Ok, so just about a week ago, this documentary film called “Propaganda,” a 95-minute video that presents itself as a North Korean educational video intending to inform it's citizens about the dangers of Western propaganda, has been placed on Youtube.
The film is about capitalism, imperialism and mass manipulation of western culture for the purpose of commodification, and how it permeates every aspect of the lives of blissfully ignorant, masses.
We get to see how 'tactics' of fear and religion are being used to manipulate the masses, as well as a complicit, paid-off media used by the the 1% to show you what they want you to see, and teach you what they want you to believe, from a very early age, while giving you colorful distractions to keep you from thinking about the bigger problems.
Interesting parts of the film are when early scenes show audiences on Oprah moved to hysterics and tears after receiving free consumer goods, and a man applauded by crowds and interviewed on the street after being the first person to buy a new iPhone. Also the in-depth criticism of a culture of celebrity worship; western obsession with the glamorous lives of celebrities and self-absorption while ignoring the plight of the homeless and the suffering, and celebrities being tools of commodification.
The film itself is a form of propaganda, which North Korea is no stranger to (suggesting otherwise would be kind of funny – some of the things in the documentary, such as repression of information, media manipulation, and cover-ups, are right up their alley, just serving as different agenda) but you’d be hard-pressed to disagree with just about any of the ugly truths in it.
Yet, we can talk all we want about North Korea being a backwards nation, about what’s wrong with their society (never mind the fact that none of us actually know what their society is even like, basing our opinion off – you guessed it – what the media’s told us) the fact of the matter remains, this IS our society.
As for everyone else, sit back and be blown away at just how right the makers of this film got it.
(It would be interesting though to know who really made this film; wherever they come from, they truly know about "Propaganda").
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