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No Future for You: Salvos from the Baffler There s never been a better time to be outside the consensus and if you don t believe it, then peer into these genre defining essays from The Baffler, the magazine that s been blunting the cutting edge of American culture and politics for a quarter of a century Here s Thomas Frank on the upward falling cult of expertise in Washington, DC where belonging means getting the major events of our era wrong Here s Rick Perlstein on direct mail scams, multilevel marketing, and the roots of right wing lying Here s John Summers on the illiberal uses of innovation in liberal Cambridge, Massachusetts And here s David Graeber sensing our disappointment in new technology We expected teleportation pods, antigravity sleds, and immortality drugs We got LinkedIn, which, as Ann Friedman writes here, is an Escher staircase masquerading as a career ladder Packed with hilarious, scabrous, up to the minute criticism of the American comedy, No Future for You debunks positive thinking bromides and business idols Susan Faludi debunks Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg s phony feminist handbook, Lean In Evgeny Morozov wrestles open source and Weband other pseudorevolutionary meme making down to the ground Chris Lehmann writes the obituary of the Washington Post, Barbara Ehrenreich goes searching for the ungood God in Ridley Scott s film Prometheus, Heather Havrilesky reads Fifty Shades of Grey, and Jim Newell investigates the strange and typical case of Adam Wheeler, the student fraud who fooled Harvard and, unlike the real culprits, went to jail No Future for You offers the counternarrative you ve been missing, proof that dissent is alive and well in America Please be warned, however The writing that follows is polemical in nature It may seek to persuade you of somethingCopublished with The Baffler ContributorsChris Bray, Mark Dancey, Barbara Ehrenreich, Susan Faludi, Thomas Frank, Ann Friedman, James Griffioen, David Graeber, A S Hamrah, Heather Havrilesky, Chris Lehmann, Rhonda Lieberman, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Evgeny Morozov, Jim Newell, Rick Perlstein, John Summers, Maureen Tkacik I didn t really know anything about The Baffler going into this The only writers in here that I ve read at all are David Graeber and Barbara Ehrenreich, and I find a lot of their work to be pretty interesting, although Graeber always finds a way to piss me off at the same time All the other contributors in my opinion try too hard to sound clever, using big words even when there s no reason for them, sometimes incorrectly, and therefore come across as annoyingly pedantic despite not really havi I didn t really know anything about The Baffler going into this The only writers in here that I ve read at all are David Graeber and Barbara Ehrenreich, and I find a lot of their work to be pretty interesting, although Graeber always finds a way to piss me off at the same time All the other contributors in my opinion try too hard to sound clever, using big words even when there s no reason for them, sometimes incorrectly, and therefore come across as annoyingly pedantic despite not really having anything valuable to say Based on the essays in here their shtick seems to basically just be writing sarcastic denunciations of the upper class, which really doesn t take a genius They are at least smart enough to see that both the left wing and the right wing are full of shit, making them a littleintelligent than the vast majority of other crap being published these days That doesn t make this any less a waste of time to read though Topics include corny painter Thomas Kinkade s unbelievable success, how stupid 50 Shades of Grey is, the religious ideas brought up in the movie Prometheus, the pointlessness of Linked In, Lean In and Facebook, the role bureaucracy has in slowing down innovation, and Vice s connections to Ruppert Murdoch I guess If you re looking fortrivia to impress your radical friends or something then maybe you ll dig it but to me most of it just feels like preaching to the choir No Future for You was a collection of essays from the magazine The Baffler, a digital publication that takes aim at a multitiude of different problems and systems infecting America today I say infecting because their sites in this book were specifically on corporate and political scam artists, and how they peddle progress, innovation, and other buzz words as false signs of progress and improvement while giving nothing real of beneficial to communities There was a whole section of articles in t No Future for You was a collection of essays from the magazine The Baffler, a digital publication that takes aim at a multitiude of different problems and systems infecting America today I say infecting because their sites in this book were specifically on corporate and political scam artists, and how they peddle progress, innovation, and other buzz words as false signs of progress and improvement while giving nothing real of beneficial to communities There was a whole section of articles in the book that specifically focused on digital corporations and the power they are wielding in the country, and I think this is a nice intersection of different trends we talk about in our program, so I ll take a crack at that.The overarching message from the collection of essays is this corporations and the extremely wealthy are building on selling the rest of us everything except for what we need Workers need healthcare and better paying jobs How about build a public sculpture and increase the vibrancy of the city instead Need equal pay for equal work for women Sheryl Sandburg starts a woman s group that requires the local subsets be connected on Facebook, and she provides the world with inspirational Facebook quotes instead of pragmatic, meaningful congressional lobbying Time and again, The Baffler digs into the corruption of the super rich and their half hearted or predatory attempts at charity and goodwill, keeping their public persona philanthropic and beautiful while becomingandbloated in real capital and real wealth.One essay that really hit home because of my time at the Roseville Library was an essay on political scare emails These emails offer fake news stories, fake sources, and exaggerated stories while asking for large donations The other stream of these emails are get rich quick schemes, where stock wealth will double in three months and you can get info on the stocks not even those closest to Wall Street know These email chains and scams keep people scared and terrified of straw men, while keeping them in the dark on actual mechanics of the economy that is screwing them and denying them basic access to living wages and decent benefits I recently had a couple come in last week to the library who had both of these, their first question was asking how to donate to an organization they got an email from that claimed Democratic Satanic rituals in congress, as well as Democratic plans to drone strike rural neighborhoods in America Fight them off now and take our country back The next was a string of three seperate stock market programs they had already bought and were asking how to download off their email It involved a packet they got in the mail going over the investors business model, which was a large collection of completely meaningless percentages and Wall Street jargon strung together in meaningless sentences.I told them on both accounts that these programs shouldn t run on public computers, and that donations shouldn t be made because credit card info can be compromised on public wifi networks But what does it say that I am so thankful they don t have a computer at home That their is some limit to the amount they can be taken advantage of, that they can be mislead This exact situation came up about two days before I read the essay, and of course it goes over how it targets the elderly and those who areprone to not knowing how to work a computer or interpret information online.If anything this collection of essays made meaware of how important our work can be We can offer actual help and solutions for problems, and we can help fight misinformation and fear mongering and empower individuals and communities to use technology effectively and beaware of what is available for them to make their life better and stronger Fight the power. These are all available for free online but they re all some combination of funny, smart, insightful, and thought provoking and totally worth paying for The last article eviscerating media coverage of Obama highlighting, among other things, a book that in Obama s Indonesia years spends twice as much time talking about the variety of snacks as explaining the huge pogrom of communists and communist sympathizers real and imagined alone is worth the price of admission. The Baffler is quickly becoming one of my favorite magazines for cultural and social criticism This is a collection of their best essays and pieces from 2013 2014, critiquing the corporate takeover of creativity, feminism, and immaterial aspects of human life, effectively commodifying reality There are fantastic pieces here 50 Shades of Grey as a fairy tale of entering the 1%, Prometheus as a science fiction tale questioning the goodness of God, and on how bureaucracy makes people stupid Rea The Baffler is quickly becoming one of my favorite magazines for cultural and social criticism This is a collection of their best essays and pieces from 2013 2014, critiquing the corporate takeover of creativity, feminism, and immaterial aspects of human life, effectively commodifying reality There are fantastic pieces here 50 Shades of Grey as a fairy tale of entering the 1%, Prometheus as a science fiction tale questioning the goodness of God, and on how bureaucracy makes people stupid Really fantastic stuff sooo good omg

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