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No Future for You sooo good omg I didn't really know anything about The Baffler going into this The only writers in here that I've read at all are David Graeber and Barbara Ehrenreich and I find a lot of their work to be pretty interesting although Graeber always finds a way to piss me off at the same time All the other contributors in my opinion try too hard to sound clever using big words even when there's no reason for them sometimes incorrectly and therefore come across as annoyingly pedantic despite not really having anything valuable to say Based on the essays in here their shtick seems to basically just be writing sarcastic denunciations of the upper class which really doesn't take a genius They are at least smart enough to see that both the left wing and the right wing are full of shit making them a little intelligent than the vast majority of other crap being published these days That doesn't make this any less a waste of time to read though Topics include corny painter Thomas Kinkade's unbelievable success how stupid 50 Shades of Grey is the religious ideas brought up in the movie Prometheus the pointlessness of Linked In Lean In and Facebook the role bureaucracy has in slowing down innovation and Vice's connections to Ruppert Murdoch I guess If you're looking for trivia to impress your radical friends or something then maybe you'll dig it but to me most of it just feels like preaching to the choir No Future for You was a collection of essays from the magazine The Baffler a digital publication that takes aim at a multitiude of different problems and systems infecting America today I say infecting because their sites in this book were specifically on corporate and political scam artists and how they peddle progress innovation and other buzz words as false signs of progress and improvement while giving nothing real of beneficial to communities There was a whole section of articles in the book that specifically focused on digital corporations and the power they are wielding in the country and I think this is a nice intersection of different trends we talk about in our program so I'll take a crack at thatThe overarching message from the collection of essays is this corporations and the extremely wealthy are building on selling the rest of us everything except for what we need Workers need healthcare and better paying jobs How about build a public sculpture and increase the vibrancy of the city instead Need eual pay for eual work for women Sheryl Sandburg starts a woman's group that reuires the local subsets be connected on Facebook and she provides the world with inspirational Facebook uotes instead of pragmatic meaningful congressional lobbying Time and again The Baffler digs into the corruption of the super rich and their half hearted or predatory attempts at charity and goodwill keeping their public persona philanthropic and beautiful while becoming and bloated in real capital and real wealthOne essay that really hit home because of my time at the Roseville Library was an essay on political scare emails These emails offer fake news stories fake sources and exaggerated stories while asking for large donations The other stream of these emails are get rich uick schemes where stock wealth will double in three months and you can get info on the stocks not even those closest to Wall Street know These email chains and scams keep people scared and terrified of straw men while keeping them in the dark on actual mechanics of the economy that is screwing them and denying them basic access to living wages and decent benefits I recently had a couple come in last week to the library who had both of these their first uestion was asking how to donate to an organization they got an email from that claimed Democratic Satanic rituals in congress as well as Democratic plans to drone strike rural neighborhoods in America Fight them off now and take our country back The next was a string of three seperate stock market programs they had already bought and were asking how to download off their email It involved a packet they got in the mail going over the investors business model which was a large collection of completely meaningless percentages and Wall Street jargon strung together in meaningless sentencesI told them on both accounts that these programs shouldn't run on public computers and that donations shouldn't be made because credit card info can be compromised on public wifi networks But what does it say that I am so thankful they don't have a computer at home That their is some limit to the amount they can be taken advantage of that they can be mislead This exact situation came up about two days before I read the essay and of course it goes over how it targets the elderly and those who are prone to not knowing how to work a computer or interpret information onlineIf anything this collection of essays made me aware of how important our work can be We can offer actual help and solutions for problems and we can help fight misinformation and fear mongering and empower individuals and communities to use technology effectively and be aware of what is available for them to make their life better and stronger Fight the power These are all available for free online but they're all some combination of funny smart insightful and thought provoking and totally worth paying for The last article eviscerating media coverage of Obama highlighting among other things a book that in Obama's Indonesia years spends twice as much time talking about the variety of snacks as explaining the huge pogrom of communists and communist sympathizers real and imagined alone is worth the price of admission The Baffler is uickly becoming one of my favorite magazines for cultural and social criticism This is a collection of their best essays and pieces from 2013 2014 critiuing the corporate takeover of creativity feminism and immaterial aspects of human life effectively commodifying reality There are fantastic pieces here; 50 Shades of Grey as a fairy tale of entering the 1% Prometheus as a science fiction tale uestioning the goodness of God and on how bureaucracy makes people stupid Really fantastic stuff There's never been a better time to be outside the consensus and if you don't believe it then peer into these genre defining essays from The Baffler the magazine that's been blunting the cutting edge of American culture and politics for a uarter of a century Here's Thomas Frank on the upward falling cult of expertise in Washington DC where belonging means getting the major events of our era wrong Here's Rick Perlstein on direct mail scams multilevel marketing and the roots of right wing lying Here's John Summers on the illiberal uses of innovation in liberal Cambridge Massachusetts And here's David Graeber sensing our disappointment in new technology We expected teleportation pods antigravity sleds and immortality drugs We got LinkedIn which as Ann Friedman writes here is an Escher staircase masuerading as a career ladderPacked with hilarious scabrous up to the minute criticism of the American comedy No Future for You debunks positive thinking bromides and business idols Susan Faludi debunks Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg's phony feminist handbook Lean In Evgeny Morozov wrestles open source and Web 20 and other pseudorevolutionary meme making down to the ground Chris Lehmann writes the obituary of the Washington Post Barbara Ehrenreich goes searching for the ungood God in Ridley Scott's film Prometheus Heather Havrilesky reads Fifty Shades of Grey and Jim Newell investigates the strange and typical case of Adam Wheeler the student fraud who fooled Harvard and unlike the real culprits went to jailNo Future for You offers the counternarrative you've been missing proof that dissent is alive and well in America Please be warned however The writing that follows is polemical in nature It may seek to persuade you of somethingCopublished with The BafflerContributorsChris Bray Mark Dancey Barbara Ehrenreich Susan Faludi Thomas Frank Ann Friedman James Griffioen David Graeber A S Hamrah Heather Havrilesky Chris Lehmann Rhonda Lieberman Anne Elizabeth Moore Evgeny Morozov Jim Newell Rick Perlstein John Summers Maureen Tkacik

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