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Brandwashed?
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 10/02/2011 14:58:46

So, I was walking to the coffee pot to get a refill of my favorite drug of choice, and the TV news was interviewing someone talking about babies in the womb getting brainwashed by corporations. What? Wait, is that really what I heard?

Seems that while your Mom is eating Taco Bell she's already setting up her toddler to crave some gastronomic calamity that only vaguely resembles something from our neighbors in Mexico.

There is a book out called Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy, by Martin Lindstrom. I haven't read it yet, but he's certainly "brandwashed" me into following him down to the bookstore to buy it! It's got some scarey stuff.

For example, I always wondered about this: whenever I go into the market (actually, not a market, that sound quaint, it's actually a huge multinational conglomerate but they put the word "market" into their name) and I shop for my fresh from the farm veggies, I always wonder why the heck they are spraying water on the root veggies like beets. Making the beets wet makes them seem fresh, but really it's making them rot faster. I pointed this out one day to a produce employee who assured me that I was quite wrong. Really? Because most farmers, I replied, put there root vegetables in a dark cool space for longer storage. Well, I guess farmers can be wrong. Seems that employee knows more than the farmers across the world that have been farming for freakin' GENERATIONS!

Interesting blog here about that very same issue, which had a few surprises for me. Like, I never thought about why flowers are always in the front of the store. I assumed it was because of the sunlight? No? Am I a moron? Possibly.

Anyway, I feel anger that I may be one of several million sheep that follow these corporate brain-washers. How can I break free? If Corporations are indeed people, can I sue them for enslaving me?

Crap. Now I've got to read the book. Let me get my Kindle™ and go to Amazon™ and order this book. I've GOT to have it!

4 comments (Latest Comment: 10/03/2011 00:34:21 by TriSec)
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