Monday, September 15, 2014
post modern irony with Crow
me: Anything interesting in the mail today?
Crow: Not really.
Here's a 'You're not covering the cost of all these mailings' charity request.
You got a 'You're not attractive enough' women's magazine with an article on swimsuits that minimize all your bodily flaws.
Here are some 'You're not stylish enough or ostentatious enough' catalogs - and coincidentally, an invitation to go deeper into debt from a credit card company.
And here's a news magazine to identify the trend of the week you're missing.
me: Yikes! Why do I get the feeling that society is trying to make us discontented with everything about who we are?
Crow: I suppose if people thought about real issues and needs instead of manufactured desires, the economy would collapse and we'd have total anarchy.
me: So pitching this junk would make me some kind of terrorist, eh?
Crow: Yes, it's your patriotic duty to buy distractions from a simple life. *
* Our conversation is a slightly revised version of one between Calvin's (of Calvin and Hobbes) beleaguered parents in 1994. It ends with this:
Calvin: Hey, Mom and Dad! I just saw a bunch of products on TV that I didn't know existed, but I desperately need!
It would appear things haven't changed much, but for the fact all this arrives online too :)