Sunday, October 22, 2006

News from the weekend

SF Gate article, Envoy Sorry for Iraq 'Stupidity' Comment. Did this mean 'the same thing' in Arabic, in the context it was spoken, as it did in Al Jazeera, as it does now in the U.S. media?

The language of remedial education, with Iraq as the child and the U.S. as the principal? SF Gate, "U.S. setting deadlines, goals...penalties if Baghdad fails to deal with sectarian militias"

Interesting article on the NY Times site, "The Starbucks Aesthetic.

Notice the Budweiser crown logo on commercials, 'reflected' in natural shapes everywhere in our everyday environments. Seems advertising feeding us the logic of the similitudes more and more...

Also, it's interesting to compare Budweiser's ad, "The Wave," which shows a massive card show at a football game (go to Bud's website, enter an appropriate date, click on "ENTERTAINMENT," then on "TV COMMERCIALS" on the bottom, and find "The Wave" at right), with the much-criticized and wondered-at stadium card shows in North Korea (video example of a Dan Rather news report from 2005 here, and photo example at, . American commentators seem to wonder at the mind control needed to produce such a uniform populace, subservient to a dominant ideology, yet what is advertising in our capitalist system?

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