Indigenous cultures across the planet have been warning for eons that American “civilization” (entertainment-technology complex) undermines us all by devoting so much of itself to pandering to teenage boys’ worst impulses in such an overwhelming way.
Don’t believe it? Check out
In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations by Jerry Mander.
Or, watch this one-hour documentary about Ladakh. See what happens when the American entertainment-technology complex enters a stable, peaceful culture:
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December 19, 2012 by Jay Babcock
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About Jay Babcock
I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona.
In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com
Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.