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Information [Going Under]

We’re exposed to a 24-hour cycle of news via social media, online articles, email newsletters, must-read reports and opinion blogs.

Keeping up to date increasingly feels like a full-time job, sorting the digital wheat from the chaff to find the news that fits us.

The information revolution doesn’t herald a new type of society but the continuation, consolidation and extension of capitalism.

There’s a shift from message to contribution. The exchange value of a message is more important than its use value.

The importance of messages being understood and responded to has been superseded by their contribution to the constant stream of content. The message has become a commodity.

Messages lose their specificity in communicative capitalism. Stripped of their singularity, contexts of action and application, they’re part of a massive data flow. Nothing stands out. []

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More Mindfulness Hype

Our best insights when we’re idle.
We need what we most fear. Boredom.

Anxiety about our fragmenting minds.
No more than liberal moral panic?

The Mindfulness Movement may be a bid.
Reclaim our attention to find freedom.
Dogma makes us easily manipulated.

The integrity of mindfulness is fragile.
Vulnerable to corporate programming.
Insert mental performance enhancement.
Add option consumer commodification.

Mindfulness has become pernicious.
Diluted and distorted by narcissism.

Distraction is commercial and political.
The following instructions cripple minds.
No longer able to gather our thoughts.
Overwhelmed by a sense of inadequacy.

The newest detergent to wash and rinse.
Oppression disguised as individual choice. []

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