In the U.S., where we supposedly prize individualism, there is a kind of dark energy to conform to groupthink. We are given scripts, roles and assumptions, and denigrated when we deviate. Dark matters—subconscious ad slogans—control how we act, as the dark forces of greed and ignorance propel us into groups of crazed lemmings who compete and expand at all cost. Just try to find your own way (instead of relying on superstition or pop culture’s self deceptions), and you may be mocked and abandoned. Can you handle the truth? If there is a theme to this satire, it’s that societal pressures supported by TV advertising seem to encourage individuals to excel, then strike them down like a perverse game of Whack-a-Mole whenever they express novel, new, or original perspectives. But the key to progress is not to resist change, but to keep an open mind. . . for at least until you can afford TiVo.
Books by your editor that answer all of your biggest questions:
Do sports have a dark side? Sure they do. Darker than PITCH.
Will Republicans soon start going postal? OH YES.
How much will the pharmaceutical companies charge for a pill that extends life by decades? A LOT MORE THAN YOU IMAGINE.
What’s the best thing to do when you win the Powerball lottery? DISAPPEAR.
What would happen if a plane flew into the skyscrapers in Dubai? AMERICA WOULD BE BLAMED.