I will admit: I was a consumer whore. Corporations raped my pockets and took my money. How so? Like the general populace, they brain washed me since I was a little kid. I was trained to buy, buy, buy!
My dumbest consumer purchase was a $500 laptop. 10 years ago, it was called a “netbook.” I bought 2 of them just because I can for a total of $1000. Where are the machines now? In the garbage. This was 10 years ago.
I could have invested $1000 worth of bitcoins, when each bitcoin was $3 per coin. If I had done that, I would have made $150,000 (assuming each bitcoin goes for $450)
The corporate advertisement machine is smart – this is how they get you …
Advertisers use celebrity endorsements, product placements in movies and Super Bowl commercials to reach into billions of minds. They want to spread their meme – their shit product – and infect your mind with desire.
The Coke Cola advertisement above is from the 1960s. Sugar drinks that is cancer inducing is advertised to kids all day long.
The old methods of advertisement on TV and the radio is dying, so corporations are now shilling their products online. They would hire people to make comments on blogs and youtube how great ZXY product is. Whoa.
GoPro made a fake ass viral video to promote their brand. Watch it here:
Corporations are getting sneaky as fuck.
Re-cap how corporations and their sneaky advertisement tricks:
- movie and TV show product placements
- (fake) viral video
- sponsored advertisement in the news (for example, they did a news report on how ketchup “can help prevent cancer” and it shows a family using Heinz Ketchup)
- hiring people to shill products on youtube, blogs and online forums
How to get away from advertisements
Install an AD BLOCKER on your web browser. I have been surfing the internet for years now with an ad blocker installed. So when I came over to my friend’s house and used his computer, an advertisement popped up on Youtube (in the middle of the clip) and I said “what the fuck is this?!” because I thought his computer had a virus/trojan.
Sometimes when I’m bored, I would go to the library and read magazines. And you know what’s in the magazine? Advertisements. It was like eye cancer. I don’t actually think young people read paper magazines anymore; it’s mostly an old people thing. Magazines is shallow information (unless it’s long form journalism)
People are cutting their cable TV subscription en mass and the corporations are shitting their pants. Most young (and old alike) are migrating to Netflix or Hulu. In the future, cable TV won’t exist in it’s current form, just like how people don’t rent movies from stores anymore (remember Blockbuster? It’s now dead and bankrupt)
I haven’t watched cable TV in 10+ years. It’s puke inducing to think back to the time I wasted watching it. When you’re busy having a life, there shouldn’t be time for TV. For me, it’s all about exercise, reading, writing, making money (thanks Amazon Kindle) and traveling the world. Everything else is just noise.
We’re already living in the future and the smart people are torrenting their movies, watching Youtube with block ads and listening to commercial free radio.
How to quiet the mind in a hyper connected world
Looking back, I’m ashamed of the time I wasted browsing social media. With age comes wisdom, right? I’m telling you this so you don’t waste time, so you can use your time carefully (making money on the Internet? Traveling the world?)
I have social media but I don’t use it. Instagram, Facebook and Vine are bullshit distractions. It’s going to get worse in the future, where virtual reality becomes mainstream and people will walk around with a head set. Distraction is timeless; before the invention of cell phone, people sat around and read the morning newspaper on the bus.
Important people don’t really do social media (unless it’s for public relation purposes) or fuck around on the Internet or watch Youtube commercials. They’re busy out there changing the world, for better or worse.
“Netflix and Chill” is what plebs do.
If you feel like you’re connected to the Internet too much, my challenge to you: for the next 30 days, use the Internet, social media and media consumption to the minimal.
Living a distraction free life
7 years ago, I discovered minimalism.
That led me to throwing 90 percent of my stuff away and living with the bare minimal. I cleansed my material things and then I cleansed my mind from distractions. I simply stopped watching bull shit TV shows, bull shit movies, bull shit video games. I also ditched loser friends.
The way I see it, media distraction is for plebs / proletariats – the people changing the world simply don’t have time for that.
In conclusion …
I changed as a person when I stopped consuming mainstream media. Instead, I got into lifting weight and martial arts; I stopped watching news on TV and opened my eyes and read history books to really understand the world. I read more books and write more and my bank account has more money when I stopped buying into the consumer bullshit lifestyle.
You can’t be an Uber Human if you’re doing what everyone else is doing. Let the average Joe spend his Sunday watching sports and yelling at the TV screen while you lift weight and bang your 10/10 girlfriend.
I spent the first 20 years of my life watching mainstream media and poisoning my mind. I hope the younger generation don’t make the same mistake. But given the most popular channels on youtube (Kids react, PieDiePew, PRANKS) my expectation isn’t too high up there.
Thanks for reading.
See you next week.