Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 82

The Art of Irrelevance-Pop Culture in Modern Society

EPPArt, entertainment, music, movies, tv and celebrities: popular culture has largely become a celebration of irrelevance. Popular culture holds entrenched class differences, and for mass consumption, is largely used as a method of distraction and control. As art reflects life, or life reflects art, the irrelevance of popular culture - and most explicitly celebrity culture - is engrained in the irrelevance of our modern societies in terms of meeting human needs and desires. We have a society obsessed with symbols, yet void of substance. Welcome to the culture of irrelevance.

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  1. [Gracchus] “I think he knows what Rome is. Rome is the mob, conjure magic for them and they will be distracted. Take away their freedom and still they’ll roar. The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the senate it’s the sand of the Colosseum. He will bring them death and they will love him for it.”

    –Senator Gracchus in the film “Gladiator.”

  2. Addendum to my post above: The gentleman on the right is Keith B. Alexander. The gentleman on the right is Patrick Leahy:

    Can you imagine what our society would be like if all those sports’ aficionados who can site statistics and historical playing feats directed their energy toward government accountability. Instead, I think I found the perfect metaphor for government’s bread and circuses and why we lose over half the population to the sands of the coliseum:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTcRRaXV-fg
    Abbott & Costello Who’s On First
    Probably the most famous comedy bit of all time. Credit to Koch Entertainment Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is …

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