My iPod [20/02/2017]

Johnny, Wenn Du Geburtstag Hast | Marlene Dietrich | 1963

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My iPod [13/02/2017]

His Latest Flame/Rusholme Ruffians | The Smiths | 1986

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My iPod [06/02/2017]

One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) | Billie Holiday | 1957

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My iPod [30/01/2017]

Initials B.B. | Serge Gainsbourg | 1968

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Self-Herding Schnippets

What Orwell didn’t get was what Aldous Huxley did get (as Neil Postman long ago pointed out). This was that the real danger to freedom was and is that not enough people will care about it, because they have come to love their own servitude, and mistake that servitude for sovereignty. “Nobody tells me what to do with my own body,” they declare, while allowing all kinds of people to do all sorts of awful things with their minds. Postman wrote in Amusing Ourselves to Death: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. …In 1984…people are controlled by inflicting pain. In [Huxley’s] Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure.”

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El Topo

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My iPod [23/01/2017]

Screaming Secrets | Julian Cope | 1987

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