spinach or rock
if i offer you dinner of your choice
a bowl of spinach or a rock
and you pick spinach
should i really be that excited about the match up
abundant options as freedom/trust
All these entities are the product of institutions and institutional practices that, in turn, define certain horizons of possibility. Hence when voting in parliamentary elections one might feel obliged to make a “realistic” choice; in an insurrectionary situation, on the other hand, suddenly anything seems possible.
Voting booths, television screens, office cubicles, hospitals, the ritual that surrounds them — one might say these are the very machinery of alienation. They are the instruments through which the human imagination is smashed and shattered.
aka: binary ness
Western Culture is built around ideals of individual choice and freedom. Millions of us fiercely defend our right to make “free” choices, while..
we ignore how we’re manipulated upstream by limited menus we didn’t choose.
This is exactly what magicians do. They give people the illusion of free choice while architecting the menu so that they win, no matter what you choose.
I can’t emphasize how deep this insight is.
The “most empowering” menu is different than the menu that has the most choices. But when we blindly surrender to the menus we’re given, it’s easy to lose track of the difference
If you’re an app, how do you keep people hooked? Turn yourself into a slot machine.
So when Marc tags me, he’s actually responding to Facebook’s suggestion, not making an independent choice.
to paraphrase Ivan Illich, a mandatory selection from a list of prepackaged goods is hardly a real choice.