“Technology & turbo-capitalism are hastening the cultural and environmental apocalypse.”

“Technology – along with turbo-capitalism – seems to me to be hastening the cultural and environmental apocalypse. The way I see it, digital consumerism makes us too passive to revolt, or to save the world.”

This is a quote from this article in today’s Guardian

Freedom to Choose the Same by Stuart Jefferies

Jefferies is quoting another writer

Eliane Glaser, Get Real: How to See Through the Hype, Spin and Lies of Modern Life.

I did leave a comment – as have others – pointing out that the Guardian seems to be part of the problem too – as we all are (to varying degrees)!

The full comment is:

Interesting article – reminds me that Felix Guattari wrote about the ‘ecocide’ of ‘The Three Ecologies’ (published in French in 1989)  – the destruction of biological,  cultural and individual psychic diversity by globalised capitalism working with various oppressive, colonizing  ideologies and theologies. Anyone interested in this article should read Isabelle Stengers’ 2015 book ‘In Catastrophic Time Resisting the Coming Barbarism’ which is on-line as an open access PDF. The Guardian has some cool stuff in it – like this – but as other comments say – it’s starkly part, and representative of, the problem. Overall, the Saturday Guardian is an elitist consumer life-style maximising guide – count how many adverts there are in a whole Saturday edition – and see what –  and how many – articles are about consumption – clothes, cars, food, travel, technology – while at the same time having lines like “Technology – along with turbo-capitalism – seems to me to be hastening the cultural and environmental apocalypse”.

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About Owain Jones

I work at Bath Spa University as a Professor of Environmental Humanities. I also write songs and help stage a range of live music with others. I am Chair and Programmer for Priston Festival.
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