Saturday, 5 May 2012
A Call to Celebration
“We are presently constrained and driven by the impact of man’s ever growing powers. Our existing system forces us to develop and accept any weaponry system which may be technologically possible; our present system forces us to develop and accept any improvement in machinery, equipment, materials and supplies which increase production and lower costs; our present system forces us to develop and accept advertising and consumer seduction.
In order to persuade the citizen that he controls his destiny, that morality informs decisions, and that technology is the servant rather than the driving force, it is necessary today to distort information. The ideal of informing the public has given way to trying to convince the public that forced actions are actually desirable actions.” - Ivan Illich (1967)