[BOOKS] ✭ No Future for You Author John Summers – E-inbusiness.co.uk

No Future for You The Baffler is quickly becoming one of my favorite magazines for cultural and social criticism This is a collection of their best essays and pieces from 2013 2014, critiquing the corporate takeover of creativity, feminism, and immaterial aspects of human life, effectively commodifying reality There are fantastic pieces here 50 Shades of Grey as a fairy tale of entering the 1%, Prometheus as a science fiction tale questioning the goodness of God, and on how bureaucracy makes people There S Never Been A Better Time To Be Outside The Consensus And If You Don T Believe It, Then Peer Into These Genre Defining Essays From The Baffler, The Magazine That S Been Blunting The Cutting Edge Of American Culture And Politics For A Quarter Of A Century Here S Thomas Frank On The Upward Falling Cult Of Expertise In Washington, D.C., Where Belonging Means Getting The Major Events Of Our Era Wrong Here S Rick Perlstein On Direct Mail Scams, Multilevel Marketing, And The Roots Of Right Wing Lying Here S John Summers On The Illiberal Uses Of Innovation In Liberal Cambridge, Massachusetts And Here S David Graeber Sensing Our Disappointment In New Technology We Expected Teleportation Pods, Antigravity Sleds, And Immortality Drugs We Got LinkedIn, Which, As Ann Friedman Writes Here, Is An Escher Staircase Masquerading As A Career Ladder Packed With Hilarious, Scabrous, Up To The Minute Criticism Of The American Comedy, No Future For You Debunks Positive Thinking Bromides And Business Idols Susan Faludi Debunks Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg S Phony Feminist Handbook, Lean In Evgeny Morozov Wrestles Open Source And Web 2.0 And Other Pseudorevolutionary Meme Making Down To The Ground Chris Lehmann Writes The Obituary Of The Washington Post, Barbara Ehrenreich Goes Searching For The Ungood God In Ridley Scott S Film Prometheus, Heather Havrilesky Reads Fifty Shades Of Grey, And Jim Newell Investigates The Strange And Typical Case Of Adam Wheeler, The Student Fraud Who Fooled Harvard And, Unlike The Real Culprits, Went To Jail No Future For You Offers The Counternarrative You Ve Been Missing, Proof That Dissent Is Alive And Well In America Please Be Warned, However The Writing That Follows Is Polemical In Nature It May Seek To Persuade You Of Something.Copublished With The Baffler ContributorsChris Bray, Mark Dancey, Barbara Ehrenreich, Susan Faludi, Thomas Frank, Ann Friedman, James Griffioen, David Graeber, A S Hamrah, Heather Havrilesky, Chris Lehmann, Rhonda Lieberman, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Evgeny Morozov, Jim Newell, Rick Perlstein, John Summers, Maureen Tkacik I didn t really know anything about The Baffler going into this The only writers in here that I ve read at all are David Graeber and Barbara Ehrenreich, and I find a lot of their work to be pretty interesting, although Graeber always finds a way to piss me off at the same time All the other contributors in my opinion try too hard to sound clever, using big words even when there s no reason for them, sometimes incorrectly, and therefore come across as annoyingly pedantic despite not really having anything valuable to say Based on the essays in here their shtick seems to basically just be writing sarcastic denunciations of the upper class, which really doesn t take a genius They are at least smart enough to see that both the left wing and the right wing are full of shit, making them a little These are all available for free online but they re all some combination of funny, smart, insightful, and thought provoking and totally worth paying for The last article eviscerating media coverage of Obama highlighting, among other things, a book that in sooo good omg A timely reminder that the woke technoliberalism of the Obama years wasn t any better.

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