Unseriousness is Everywhere

Under market totalitarianism, only unserious solutions to problems are eligible for consideration.

Consider the Clintonian tobacco settlement, which uses corporate tobacco money to hire corporate capitalist ad agencies to make advertisements nominally devoted to discouraging smoking, then purchases time to run those ads within commercial media.

Not only does this mean that foxes end up making the supposedly anti-fox-in-the-henhouse imagery, but the results are created with a careful eye to not upsetting the commercial media outlets in which they run.

Results? Instead of searing pictures of people being treated for and dying from lung cancer and COPD, this:

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Here in Australia the anti-smoking ads are way more serious. They show people with mouth cancer, puss coming out of intestines, and lungs with black ooze seeping out of them. It would be an interesting exercise to do a comparative political-economic analysis of tobacco in the two countries.


Sure. Let me set some time aside and I’ll let you know. In the meantime, check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgF4D8fQIak

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