July 17, 2023

Satirical Art/Anti-Consumer Quote Mashup

"There is no energy crisis, only a crisis of ignorance."

- R. Buckminster Fuller



Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to expose human foolishness or vice.

There has never been a better time to put caustic wit to good use, vent some righteous anger at the world's sad state of affairs, and raise awareness at the same time.

There is a wealth of material to work with that is so silly that it practically begs to be publicly denounced in any and all forms possible. 

Satirical art is an effective way to expose the folly in ways that words often can't match. 

They did use to say that a picture was worth a thousand words (now about ten thousand words due to inflation). We'll see.

So much foolishness globally these days, and so little time. 

Crank up that derision and let's get at it with our latest mashup.

"Electronic books are junk." - Ray Bradbury

"Facebook is not your friend, it is a surveillance engine." 

- Richard Stallman

"Television leaves no external scars." - Robert A. Heinlein

"Garbage Is, always. We will die, civilization will crumble, life as we know it will cease to exist, but trash will endure, and there it was on the street, our ceaselessly erected, ceaselessly broken cenotaphs to ephemera and disconnection and unquenchable want." - Robin Nagle

"Where planned obsolescence leaves off, psychological obsolescence takes over. We are made to feel ashamed to wear clothes or drive cars until they are worn out. The mass media have convinced us that to be out of step with fashion is to be out of step with reality. It is time we awaken to the fact that conformity to a sick society is to be sick."

- Richard J. Foster

"We are not consumers. 

For most of humanity’s existence, we were makers, not consumers: we made our clothes, shelter, and education, we hunted and gathered our food.

We are not addicts. 

I propose that most addictions come from our surrendering our real powers, that is, our powers of creativity. 

We are not passive couch potatoes either. 

It is not the essence of humans to be passive. We are players. We are actors on many stages…. We are curious, we are yearning to wonder, we are longing to be amazed… to be excited, to be enthusiastic, to be expressive. In short to be alive. 

We are also not cogs in a machine. 

To be so would be to give up our personal freedoms so as to not upset The Machine, whatever that machine is. 

Creativity keeps us creating the life we wish to live and advancing humanity’s purpose as well.

- Matthew Fox


  1. Brilliant. Love me some satire :)

    I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned this channel before but it is AWESOME, funny as anything and depressingly true. They also publish a very interesting podcast. Hope I am allowed to link it here- this is The Juice Media's version of The Machine (contains course language, although they also do PG versions to play in schools!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWl7kQZHZE0

  2. Anonymous7/18/2023

    Nice to see the Richard Stallman quote. Pioneer in open source and created emacs.

  3. You had me with Ray Bradbury. I look at his writings and the scope of his visions, good and bad, of the future (Fahrenheit 451, anyone?) and wonder what Bradbury would write in response to what we have become.


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