>>7326600 Walmarts abroad are like aircraft carriers. They are a projection of American power and they are so damn America that it might as well be sovereign American land. I say that if you are born in a Walmart abroad you should have dual citizenship. Welcome aboard the evil empire, faggot.
I never really noticed all this consumerism until I stopped watching TV completely. I watched TV a couple days ago and was instantly annoyed how every commercial was just 30 seconds of someone trying to sell you something. I used to sit through commercials mindlessly watching every ad when i was a kid.
Modern ads are more insidious because they act as though they are doing more than trying to sell you things. Older television ads were sincere promotions of products. Now ads are about selling morality and ideology packed into products. They have storylines and recurring characters, they appeal to love, companionship and human empathy. They even appeal to the God-hole in human beings that compel them to a higher calling.
Walmart, Apple, Microsoft, Google and etc are the modern pantheon of Gods. They shape the truth and essence of humanity. To consume is to be a moral human being.
>>7326898 slavoj zizek writes about this. I forget the exact passage but he writes about how when purchasing a cup of coffee from starbucks youre not just buying coffee but a certain ethics. this form of consumption nullifies the guilt normally attributed to consuming.
Complain? No, anon, that is not what I meant. Ads trying to transcend commercialism isn't something that bothers us, its something we expect. We find it offensive when an ad tries to sell a product without trying to appeal to something more than an unnecessary commercial transaction. It's an insult because "they aren't even trying to appease my humanity." When modern car commercials promote love and family, its insulting to see a blue back ground infomercial which goes "come down to the car lot we got SALES SALES SALES" in all its naked consumerism.
DH Lawrence had an anti consumerist rant in Lady Chatterley's Lover. Of course the book is about plenty of other things including sex, marriage and class, but the anti consumerism is definitely there as well.
I'm going to be quite honest and say that that ad made me tear up.
But then, I'm not sure if I should be outraged at the fact that the ad essentially channels the feels you felt for that dog into their car product, literally, as the words "A best friend for life's journey" is an attempt to siphon your feel energies into their brand. It's as though no private or intimate feelings are sacred enough that they aren't off the table to sell you a car you don't need.
>>7329698 >Nothing changes at all during the 15 year lifespan of a dog, >everyone wears the same clothes and drives the same car which always looks like it just rolled off the showroom lot, >the only thing that changes are the actors representing the same characters at different ages.
>>7325960 How is consumerism bad? The human race is now better off than its ever been. And you got consumerism to thank for that. Never before have people had so many choices and so much freedom. When you grow out of your edgy teen marxist phase you'll be happier trust me kiddo.
>>7330357 My dog already died. It's really hard to get over, I'm always ready to run into the house to cuddle her but then realise she isn't there. Her food and water bowls are still sitting in the kitchen.
>>7332148 No transcendence of self, in this case Nature is the absolute and man enjoys it and cherishes it. The only mandatory law is that you should 'enjoy' life, 'be yourself', etc. But as conscious beings we are implicitly cut off from nature, so this ideological instance (pure Utilitarianism), while there is some truth to it, lacks conceptual understanding.
>>7326728 i hate ads and viral marketing and all that kind of shit, but i still love consumerism, all apple everything, only shop on mr. porter and revolve, etc. and i love it, when ever human civilization reaches a point where there is surplus production, the most advanced class quickly develops a taste for beauty, there is nothing wrong with this, it is natural, embrace it. if you hate beauty and have a taste for ugly shit, then you may just be horrible plebeian trash. in which case, you should stop frontin' like you appreciate great art and go play some fucking video games or whatever
>>7329578 he talks about it in pervert's guide to ideology (iirc in a field of abandoned aircraft, speaking about capitalism) , but knowing zizek he probably wrote the same analogy word for word in 20 other essays and books
>>7333754 Thanks, my boy. He was deaf and blind in one eye for several years, so he was definitely on his way out. It was just such a shock hearing that he'd been killed instead of passing away from his age.
>>7334648 It's not much of a story. >Dad is a divorced retired firefighter who lives nearly 300 miles away from his kids, the only family he really ever sees >He lives a fair bit outside of town as well so, on a day-to-day basis, the only interaction he has is with Knight, our dachshund >Dad lives up in the mountains where there are mountain lions, large birds, deer, and bears and boars on occasion >Knight has gone blind in one eye and completely deaf just from old age >(He used to have seizures and lost the use of both rear legs about eight years ago, but I think he got bored of dragging them around because he just started walking normally again one day) >Anyway, it's a fairly dangerous place to be for a dog in his condition, so he's basically always somewhere nearby to Dad and comes with him everywhere >Dad agrees to do some work for an old woman that often has jobs for him on her property, things like cutting up and removing fallen trees or building sheds >For whatever reason, Dad is towing pic-related (he often buys large machinery that he uses for prospecting) >He gets there, lets Knight out, chats with the woman for a bit >Ready to get to work, he sees that he needs to pull closer to the house >He unhitches the trailer without checking to see where Knight is >Yelp >Knight was crushed by the end of the trailer >Dad runs to him, who's lying there whining and wagging his tail >Knight dies a few minutes later in Dad's lap His trailer has the axle more towards the middle, unlike the one pictured which has it pretty near to the end. I think it was just back-heavy and the end dropped. Usually he's pretty good with tying things down and checking weight distribution and all that, but it wouldn't be the first time he's made a stupid mistake.
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