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The Revolution will be Exploited

The Revolution will be Exploited

Nov 18, 2011

I don’t know if the revolution will not be televised. Nor do I know that it will be televised. However it looks to me that The revolution will be exploited At least by Maybelline in their commercial for Baby Lips. I don’t generally watch commercials. I have a DVR in the form of Windows Media Center. However sometimes I’m held captive, for instance when I go to see a film at a theater. I guess I could leave my ear buds in a little longer… I saw this commercial from Maybelline last time I went to a movie and again last night. I’m appalled, It just blows my mind, am I wrong? Is this commercial for Maybelline Baby Lips, a huge corporation owned by L’Oréal, not using images of revolution?, a revolution that objects to the ravages of corporations on the worlds citizenry? with a New York background, where the Occupy movement began, to sell moist glossy lip balm? I duno, it just seems wrong. But perhaps I’ve tipped over that point where, like Howard Beale’s audience, "We’re as mad as hell, and we’re not going to take this anymore."1 and that my frustrations with politics, the economy, global warming, agribusiness2, education and the inequality in the distribution of assets be they financial, life, liberty, or perhaps just a pursuit of happiness for everyone has me so frustrated it’s hard not to see conspiracy everywhere. For me I think that’s what the Occupy movement is all about. Living is for everyone. There are a very few that seem to have an insatiable appetite for power and control beyond the consensus of the inhabitants of and the consequence of their actions to this, our biosphere, earth. Check out these two screen captures and a short video of the commercial, I couldn’t find the longer running version I saw that contains more of the revolution images. However I did find a behind the scenes making of the commercial that has the images. They aren’t on screen all that long, perhaps it’s a bit of subliminal suggestion? Maybe not… “It’s the end of basic lip balm” the voice over in the commercial begins and a cut away...

I participated at Occupy LA

Friday afternoon a series of tweets from someone I follow for technology caught my eye. She tweeted many pictures from Occupy Boston. I was struck by the number of people attending. I began to read about Occupy Wall Street in New York and other cities in the US and in other countries around the world too! I learned about OccupyLa from www.ocupyla.org where I found a fairly well organized and maintained site. I was able to read about the goals and activities of Occupy LA and find a map and transportation suggestions. Note that as I write this on Wednesday 5, 2011 I see a note on www.occupyla.org that www.occupylosangeles.org is the ‘official’ website. On Sunday morning I got my information from www.occupyla.org. My main frustration in society, politics and community, what is on my mind is the lack of cooperation in our government. It’s fine to have alternate views, but I feel they need to work together to solve problems right now! Not just bicker and attempt to stonewall until they have a chance to elect their own, and regardless of who is in power nothing is getting done. Although this may not be the Occupy specific voice I felt that being counted there is a message I want to send to the powers that be whether Wall street, corporations and/or Government. The message is that I feel the lack of action and progress on the part of our government far outweighs which party holds the reigns. And the time for action is now. Too much spinning of the wheel. On Sunday October 2, 2011 I went down town Los Angeles  to see for myself and to be counted in the numbers of people that are dissatisfied with the status quo. Arriving downtown I drove around a bit and couldn’t find the specific intersection so asked some media types setting up for the Michael Jackson trial who pointed me to the correct intersection. I noted that there were five or more media trucks already setting up for the trial and logistics for at least another ten, yet only one traditional or mainstream media crew at the OccupyLA site. As I approached I found...