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by Quasidan (quasidan)
at November 27th, 2012 (10:40 pm)


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Fundraising for art/lit/philo group: Modern Mythology
by contraindicated for use with/for/by humans (agent139)
at September 23rd, 2011 (04:16 pm)

Our Story

mythos releases 2009Modern Mythology is seeking to crowdsource funding through IndieGoGo in order to keep publishing thought-provoking pieces on pop culture philosophy and social commentary, and to keep expanding our audience. There are tons of old, dead philosophers with books enshrined in the academic sphere. Modern Mythology takes a hammer and chisel to the "ivory tower" idea of academic research--the pantheon of philosophers of the past--and carves the voices of the new generation, sublime and ridiculous, into the side of that shrine, half graffiti, half sculpture, half literature, half philosophy, but in all cases necessary in order to truly explore the worlds we live in. 

Help us keep this literary and mental machine going by contributing and get some perks as a thank you! Every little bit (including a share) helps. 


immorak™ [userpic]
Vancouver Riots: June 15, 2011
by immorak™ (immorak)
at June 19th, 2011 (12:09 pm)

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Handbags with a (social) conscience
by girl_tm (girl_tm)
at March 9th, 2010 (11:20 pm)

Hi everyone,

A quick intro - I started a nonprofit called The S.W.A.P. Team in June 2009 to encourage the redistribution of clothing as a means of combatting overconsumption. Since we started, we have exchanged over 12,000 pieces of clothing, and have donated over half of that  to local charities.

Recently, we have embarked on a journey with another nonprofit called Montreal Couture (whose mission is to bring overseas clothing production back to Montreal) and accessories designer Deborah Adams to create a pair of upcycled leather handbags which we will sell as a fundraiser for both causes.

The bags will be offered in an online pre-sale later this month. We'll only be producing the number of orders that come in so that there is no excess inventory or overconsumption. We hope that you will support us and help us to spread the word by becoming a fan on our Facebook page or signing up for our newsletter.

007 handbag (top) and Mini-Me clutch

You can learn more about The S.W.A.P. Team at:

Thanks to all for your support!

Weena [userpic]
Puppets with an Adbusters bent
by Weena (mediashowweena)
at November 10th, 2009 (10:22 am)

current location: 10017
current mood: curious
current song: Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil

Please allow me to introduce myself... I'm a puppet with wrath and taste. (erm...)

Hi :) My name's Gus, and for the past year I've been producing a small online media literacy show which builds on my early interest in Adbusters. We've just joined LiveJournal because we like the community here -- there's a great mix of fan production and media critique. We welcome any feedback, questions, collaboration requests, tasty foods, etc that you might like to send our way.

Here's an episode we produced recently doing some culture jamming on Oscar Meyer and houseparty.com -- the latter is an attempt to get you to advertise to your friends in the comfort of your own home. It's a little longer than most of our episodes because we really couldn't bear to cut out any of the bits with the drag nuns:

Check our channel for more vids. Anyway, pleased ta meetcha :) hope to see you all around the LJ.

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collaborators wanted for large anti-consumerist event!
by girl_tm (girl_tm)
at May 12th, 2009 (06:19 pm)


I've just started a non-profit organization called The S.W.A.P. Team, and we organize large-scale clothing swaps to benefit local communities. We're looking for community-oriented activists  to help us bring our popular event to more cities!

Everyone who we work with is a volunteer and none of us are paid. However, since we do have some sponsorships and funding, The S.W.A.P. Team does provide centralized logistics, marketing and PR support, which really helps to get the word out and create a feeling of a broader "movement" - one of sharing and consumption awareness - which are critical to our mission.

Our web site is going live at the end of this month and we have already secured dates in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Want to get involved in your city? Please post any questions here or email me at aleece (dot) germano (at) gmail (dot) com.

Let's talk swap!

p.s. you can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook for news and event updates. Thanks!

possibility [userpic]
"Don't buy stuff" on Saturday Night Live
by possibility (hobgadling)
at February 28th, 2009 (12:27 am)

Check out this short clip from saturday night live: Don't Buy Stuff You Cannot Afford WARNING: there may be a commercial at the beginning.

I think the credit crisis and bailouts are putting some of the big dysfunctional elements of our system in the spotlight, and that can't be a bad thing.

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Terror marketing
by contraindicated for use with/for/by humans (agent139)
at December 30th, 2008 (12:21 pm)

"Terror marketing, or toxic marketing, is one area of negative psychological triggering that works when the target demographic has developed resistance to mass-marketing techniques. In some sense, all black metal relies on toxic marketing. Most horror films use toxic marketing, and a great example comes from the 1990 film Crazy People, in which an advertising executive places an ad for a film called The Freak with a tagline that states "This film won't just scare you, this film will fuck you up for life."


by kaya (trigger_of_rock)
at November 15th, 2008 (05:16 pm)



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Netwar- the swarm, 2.0, and its effect on conflict.
by contraindicated for use with/for/by humans (agent139)
at November 6th, 2008 (06:22 pm)

The rand corporation published this white-paper on the subject that I think many of you may find interesting. (Not surprisingly, many of these are ideas I played with liberally during the creation of my 2nd novel, Fallen Nation.)

"Editors’ abstract. As with other new modes of conflict, the practice of netwar is ahead of theory. In this concluding chapter, we suggest how the theory of netwar may be improved by drawing upon academic perspectives on networks, especially those devoted to organizational network analysis. Meanwhile, strategists and policymakers in Washington, and elsewhere, have begun to discern the dark side of the network phenomenon, especially among terrorist and criminal organizations. But they still have much work to do to harness the bright side, by formulating strategies that will enable state and civil-society actors to work together better."

The use of "bad guys" and "good guys", used so liberally throughout, is rather comedic. However, the central premise is sound.

Also of particular note:

Why have the members assumed a network form? Why do they remain
in that form? Networks, like other forms of organization, are held together by the narratives, or stories, that people tell.

The kind of successful narratives that we have in mind are not simply rhetoric—
not simply a “line” with “spin” that is “scripted” for manipulative ends. Instead, these narratives provide a grounded expression of people’s experiences, interests, and values.

First of all, stories express a sense of identity and belonging—who “we” are, why we have come together, and what makes us different from “them.” Second, stories communicate a sense of cause, purpose, and mission. They express aims and methods as well as cultural dispositions—what “we” believe in, and what we mean to do, and how.

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