Auntiegravabout 1 month ago
From the discussion of a "Good" standpoint, I think this should go in the direction of how the Scarcity effect causes anxiety. Modern consumerism is basically about two things: separating people from each other and then separating them from their money. I recommend anyone interested in this subject read "Coercion: Why we do what They say" by Douglas Rushkoff.
Human intentionality isn't all it's cracked up to be. More and more research is showing how easy it is to manipulate people, how we can't predict what our future self will actually like (hence, the closets full of clothes we never wear), and how much money is spent manipulating the flow of activity toward consumption. (There's a big difference between Capitalism and Consumerism: yet people believe that anything that reduces consumption is "communist" or "socialist").
I'm hoping that a lot of people will take time to think about this, but it's more likely that they "don't have an App for that".
The part of the brain that allows intentionality is very weak and small, and it works best in cooperation with other people. Unfortunately, the more people connect through technology, the easier it is to manipulate their intentions by manipulating the biases through that technology. The promises of individualism are false. If you don't believe so, look around and see how many people don't know the difference between liberty and ass-hattery. The TV and Internet is full of them.