Keeping up with the Joneses?

Saturday, July 2, 2011 7:06 PM By Stephen J Christophers

Mr. and Mrs. Jones finally checked into a mental health clinic... "Who do we follow now?" - I can hear the echo around Walmart. I'm sure I, like many, fit into the world of consumerism as easily as a guru into an Indian ashram. Nevertheless, the misconceived idea that we're all slaves to it could be hocus pocus. I would give us a little more credit on one hand, and on the other however...

The down side to our current economic model has a far more sinister aspect, one which is cultivated by government, market economies, the media and its use as a tool of manipulation within general society. The media hype that surrounds many aspects of social and cultural economics is now driven in-part by the governments need to control population, by removing your right to free choice, adding a premium, then selling it back to you. Whether in essence a good or bad thing, manipulation of the mainstream is now becoming a rather prolific and calculated industry, and thus, the belief that your freedom is a fair trade, is somewhat of a naive assumption.

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