Thursday, November 06, 2008

All You Zombies.

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (I shop therefore I am), 1987

Firstly, all praises to The Hooters. Then, there are so many stunning quotes in this article in the Times about the current state of consumerism you should just read the whole thing, but here's my fave ...

“You walk the mall and consumers look like zombies,” said Mr. Morris of Wachovia [Yeah. Bankers are taking field trips to malls.], after visiting a mall last week. “They’re there in person, but not in spirit.”

As if we ever were. The mask is slipping, and people are starting to use both hands to hold it up. The article made me think of one of the best performances at No Fun Fest this year by Power Electronics duo, Shallow Waters. The set ended with the singer screaming into the microphone the words, "We will die from hunger. We will die from hunger. We will die from hunger." over and over. No matter who our President, we need to stop eating our own arms to survive.

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