Will Rogers, one of our down-home philosophers, described advertising as the art of convincing people to spend money they don’t have for something they don’t need. Advertising drives shopping and shopping drives America. It’s the number one diversion that keeps us numb, not dumb, but numb to the notion, for example, that we can do anything to change what comes out of Washington. We’re conditioned to getting in line and not causing any trouble. Meanwhile, the strongest arm of our
government is now located on K Street, home of all the lobbyists. They run the country, powered by money from the top 1% and major corporations, all funneled to our congressmen to support their re-elections, and all cheered on by our TV blowhards and pretty faces. We forget that they are on the payroll, too: the world’s media is controlled by just 12 major corporations, run by the likes of Rupert Murdoch.
So what are we going to do about it?
One of the virtues of sculpting is that you can be thinking of something else while your hands are busy creating something that will be cherished for a lifetime. My something else is usually someone else’s problem.