This morning I dreamed that I was back in advertising: working alone with the agency owner to prepare a presentation for a new client. It was fun; we did a few large posters – simple, graphic, meaningful text-headlines and set them aside to refine later. When I came back, he was gone and (seemingly) hundreds of “young people” (20s and 30s) had taken over the presentation, which no longer had any “advertising” materials in it. They were designing a vast “party” – a carnival type assortment of games, product giveaways, foods, etc – none of which had anything to do with the business of the “new client”. Needless to say, it was a mess; an event cobbled together (with much enthusiasm) from every online “catalogue” of consumer “must have” trivialities.
The head of the agency never reappeared: our presentation had been “scuttled” – the posters vanished and the carnival went on…
The “message” that popped up (when I say this, I mean, words that “translate” the dream images into verbal language was this:
The earth is dying from neurotypical obsession with novelty.
Obsession with novelty is a consequence of neoteny. It’s a requirement in a childish economic system that relies on ever-expanding markets for trivial junk, like artificial fingernails, plastic toys and hundreds of brands over OTC pills and remedies.
Think about it; thousands of years of human inventiveness, slave labor and creative engineering and industry have culminated in not only a pollution-producing flood of useless products, but an “app” obsession that allows “juvenalized” humans to track their pizza delivery, Amazon order and their bowel movements, using “smart gadgets” that become toxic waste in poor countries, where they are dumped by the millions, destroying agriculture, water supplies and plant animal human life.
And on and on… and at the same time, these apps and websites allow “bad actors” (corporations, government agencies, data collection mills and plain old criminal predators), observe our intimate lives, 24/7, for the purpose of collecting “data” – not to “get to know our customers and serve them better” as advertised, but to sell for profit the massive data that they collect. Ever wonder why products are incredibly cheap and are delivery halfway around the planet is “free”? Corporations don’t “sell products” anymore – they provide lures, which gather information about health, spending, leisure activities, banking habits, family relations, criminal records, sexual preferences, debt, food buying, clothing, and every phone call or text, and photo that propagates from you, your family, friends, co-workers, across the planet. Many products are “spies” installed in your house, by you – neurotypicals are insanely stupid!
And most damning about all this “data pornography” (you are not human, you are data) is that neurotypicals don’t even care that this has become the “human condition”. Novelty – that ever-flowing river of trivia, nonsense and useless objects is not a big benign “party”. It is literally “killing” life on earth, including Homo sapiens.
Is that “cute” decorative item from China, or “cheap” T-shirt from Thailand worth the destruction of earth’s environments? Is continued dominance of fossil fuel anything but intentional destruction of earth’s environments? Is having an obsession with social media “gadgets” worth the destruction of earth’s environments? Globalization is simply a disaster as potent as any other phenomenon of mass extinction.
Read about the shipping industry that is massively polluting the oceans:
The Containerized Shipping Industry and the Phenomenon of Containers Lost at Sea / An extensive PDF from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, March 2014. NOAA Office of Marine Sanctuaries
Hint: “Office of Marine Sanctuaries” while sounding like an attempt by the U.S. government to “protect” marine environments, does not protect marine environments.
A well-documented environmental disaster off New Zealand that dumped 400 tons of heavy oil onto a reef – followed by an attempted cover up and a $108 million “clean-up” This is not a “rare” occurrence.
Container ship Rena hit Astrolabe Reef about 12 nautical miles off Tauranga, New Zealand early on October 5, 2011
A Ship Grounding case study- Training video for shipping/marine industry. Produced by Dhhunki Productions.www.dhhunkiproductions.com