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8675Re: [CF] Re: Surgery becomes popular option to battle obesity

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  • De Clarke
    Dec 8, 2003
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      wow. Bill Talen ("The Reverend Billy") has summed up that ersatz
      environment in one pithy phrase:

      "... the dictatorial simulation of the retail environment... "

      "dictatorial simulation" -- that's exactly the atmosphere of modern
      consumer life. it's make-believe, but not like children's make-believe
      which can be dropped any minute for a quick dash home to lunch. it is
      a make-believe in which our complicity and participation are *required*,
      a make-believe which hectors us and infiltrates our personal space,
      disrupts our visual field with its larger-than-life fantasy billboards,
      assaults our ears with its nonstop manic ranting. it's a coercive make-
      believe... "the game wants to play you."

      "We're told constantly that we're the freest people. But we're in
      hallways all day, we're in traffic all day, we're in mutual dead
      zones all day, we're in prisons or malls that resemble prisons
      with Muzak and fluorescent lights. We're consumers and all day
      long we're in positions where there's a distance between our
      body and anything that we could impact."

      the downside of the cocoon culture...

      de

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