How to Watch a Cell-Phone Ad

1) Don’t entertain the purported “humor” of the ad.

2) Notice the actual scenario being dramatized. Invariably, it is actually proof of why people DON’T really need cellular telephones:  These things don’t work very well, cost lots of money, exploit people’s exaggerated fear of crime (the cardinal symptom of “mean world syndrome”) and social disconnection (a very real problem made worse by cell phone solipsism), and degrade human relationships.

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An Institutional Problem

Capitalism’s apologists have always portrayed their system as “the end of history,” the best of all possible ways of setting social priorities.

The classic statement of this claim came, of course, … Read more

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