The sixties and seventies had colour and cadence, music and vitality, a culture most social; love and hate all up in your face. People and relationships counted for something and it wasn’t necessary to invent our fears in a vacuum by tabloid crusades vilifying Muslims (yet again) and mapping paedos
Totally correct about the celebrity press tour being more memorable than the movie. The movie becomes an inconvenient burden. And the biggest deal made of the celebrity doing normal things. But ain’t that the same as comedians and their specials, which are often flat, the most memorable bits are their
This thinking is hard to separate from the standard con job used in cold reading, in overlaying transcendent meaning on confirmation bias coincidences. It’s applying a anthropocentric meaning to the universe. This might well be sensible policy to encourage positivity and dynamism in the face of life’s gradually encroaching end.
Who’s listening? Many hear the sounds or see the words in the page. But listening, if that means not only absorbing what’s been presented – whatever the media – but trying to think objectively and subjectively and vicariously about what is absorbed, so it’s understood. Understanding isn’t demonstrated by agreement
Proto-religious holy places like shrines and temples were first built or carved around spectacular / singular geographical features like forest glades and rock outcrops. Natural for a non-urban civilisation. Hinduism and Shinto remain loyal to this lineage. Christianity and Islam are urban religions, very deliberately making their churches and mosques
The bubble burst in the Financial Crisis of 2008. This was a global moment of vulnerability for big capital and entrenched political power. It could have resolved in an accountable financial system, had governments been less under the thumb of corporate and banking power. What emerged from 2009 was the opposite of accountable…