Why Adbusters sucks.

A few months ago Adbusters published an entire issue dedicated to taking the piss out of hipsters. Their argument boils down to this. The primary concern of a hipster is to be perceived as cool, and that overrides greater moral obligations to society. First off, just because someone comes from a rich background, wears stupid clothing and reads Pitchfork media, does not mean that they aren’t moral people who try to help society. In fact, that describes most of Adbusters target audience. As far as I can tell Adbusters markets to young anarchist types, who have enough money to spend on special activist gear. Thats right folks, Adbusters sells special activist shoes for $75 dollars.

Fight capitalism by buying things that other people who purchase Adbusters will compliment you for wearing. Better yet, buy the TV Killer key-chain attachments so you can turn the game off and yell at your dad about the possibilities of a Libertarian- Socialist future or Heidegger. Or buy the t-shirt with The American flag on it where the stars on the flag are replaced by big business logos. That way the everyday ignorant American will be woken up to the fact that big business runs his life, I’m sure that a life time spent immersed in American culture won’t have clued him in by now.

The point of a magazine like Adbusters isn’t to help, its provide a place for douche-bags with money to be snide, and stroke each other. Basically the writers of this magazine are the worst kind of hipster imaginable. I hate to break to all you revolutionaries out there, but the revolution ain’t happening, and if your anarcho-socialist bullshit actually came to power, it would be just as oppressive as our current system. If you want to help don’t spend money on the anarchist activists pack sold by rich white kids that dumpster dive magazine. Sit down and figure out a way to compromise with capitalists and christians, to create a society that works the best for everyone. In other words be decent and civil, and willing to compromise, because you’re not going to win people over by being an asshole.

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An All Consuming Noise.

Finding out someone you hold dear is a complete asshole is never a pleasant experience, especially for empathetic fuckers such as myself. When shit gets bad, not just let me vent along with my Converge album bad, and I want to escape it all, I have an odd, but hardly unique method of escapism. I go back home past the booze, past my guitar, past my harmonica, and straight to my CD collection. I shuffle through the sad records and the angry ones until I find the noisiest one. Merzbow helps me through the toughest of times.

It doesn’t particularly matter which album I find first, since they all basically have the same effect. Unlike most of his imitators Merzbow doesn’t just make a lot of obnoxious noise. He composes trance inducing pieces, with sheets of unpleasant sound. Theres nothing human or emotive in this music. Its possible the least human art can be, and thats exactly why it works wonders. Since theres nothing to it other than layers noise to focus on the mind stops considering the shit life you’ve built for yourself, and simply acknowledges noise its shifting patterns and interactions become everything for the hour or so the typical Merzbow album lasts.

I find it way more effective than getting fucked up or getting high. Its also far cheaper and less time consuming. I  know plenty of people that swear by yoga and meditation, or prayer to help them through their day. But, all those options require devotion and discipline, and to some extent belief. Physical exercise, also requires effort and discipline, which is usually beyond the scope of my abilities. Though great for venting and co-miserating, angry and sad music has a tendency to alleviate mild levels of, “my life sucks,” but can worsen the situation when you’re really down.

My advice for anyone having a truly rough time remains, tune in and lose yourself in the noise.