We have internalized a sense of helplessness and abdicated our power and our ability to think to celebrities, billionaires, and politicians. This is our moment to take back our power and to reimagine our social architecture.
We were born helpless. Then we were conditioned by our polluted media ecology to remain helpless. Photo by Irina Murza on Unsplash.
Corporate Monopoly on Public Discourse
The corporate monopoly on public discourse and the learned helplessness of their target markets is by design.
We have been conditioned by our social systems into a state of learned helplessness. We have resigned ourselves to powerlessness because we have been told that the only forms of agency we have are democratic suffrage and industrial production. We vote once every four or five years, and we make our contribution to society through our production capacity to support the economic engine of the nation state: the corporation.
Outsourcing our sensemaking capabilities to politicians, public relations representatives, advertisers, marketers, and media personalities has created a population of spectators who feel helpless in the face of social, economic, political, and ecological breakdown.
Canada was designed as a means of legalizing the theft of land, the elimination and assimilation of Indigenous Peoples, and the extraction of resources for the British Crown and its corporations. It continues to operate exactly as it was designed 153 years ago.
Reimagining Our Social Architecture
The solution is to redesign everything that has been designed to distract us from the power of imagination and of organizing and coordinating our actions. This is a moment to reimagine our social architecture.