The Intelligent Man’s Guide to: Consumerism (Part 1: PR and Advertising)

The Intelligent Man's Guide to: Consumerism (PR, Advertising, Culture)Alternative title:

How Culture Got Hijacked to Sell You a Bunch of Stuff You Don’t Need


Breakfast was invented to sell bacon.

The catchphrase used–and regurgitated by all the confused consumers–was the necessity of getting a “full and hearty breakfast” each morning.

This happened in the 1920s.

Later breakfast was reinvented to sellContinue Reading…

The Intelligent Man’s Guide to: Mainstream Media And Mass Culture

The intelligent man's guide to: mainstream media, news, and mass culture“No. . . I don’t like this! Why can’t there be any happy news? This is no fun.”

So said: (a) Britney Spears or (b) Robin Williams or (c) Nelson Mandela.

The correct answer is none of the above.

It was said by. . .Continue Reading…

Use Dunbar’s Number to Create Your Own Reality

“What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons. You’re born alone and you die alone and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts. But I never forget. I’m living like there’s no tomorrow, because there isn’t one..”
– Don Draper

I walk into my corridor kitchen only to find people laying in the couch watching TV.  They are watching some Harry Potter movie. They start complaining loudly in a surprised way when suddenly the movie breaks for commercial.

A fat girl yells out:

I love Christmas because this is the time of the year that they show the best movies!

I’m thinking to myself: what, you can’t download movies any day of the week?  Or is it that you don’t even know what kind of movies you prefer to watch?Continue Reading…

The 2-Day Fast

2-day fast

Recently there has sprung up a fad called the 5:2 Diet. The two-day fast is not to be confused with that.

About a month ago I was asked by a few people about this 5:2 Diet, and it sounded a lot like my own special fasting strategy.

But it wasn’t.

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The Reason why People are Fat, Tired, and Angry

fat tired and angry

Explaining the negative cycle of why a lot of people in modern society are fat, tired, and angry; how this cycle begins to fuel itself and becomes harder to break out of the longer you stay in it; and what you can do to counteract it.

 

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The Media is a Waste of Time

TV, anyone?

TV, anyone?

Unless you are in the business of informational services and need to be updated on pointless contemporary events, you should absolutely avoid all mainstream media.

As a rule of thumb you shouldn’t be reading newspapers or magazines, watch television or download 100 TV-series or movies to watch on your computer.

That time is much better spent reading books about things that actually teach you stuff that can be both useful and interesting.Continue Reading…

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