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Monday pessimism 10

In the modern civilization of media and fashion, an atmosphere concoction of cosmetics, pornography, consumerism, illusion, addiction, and prostitution reigns for which the baring and depiction of breasts is typical. In the commodity world, it seems that nothing functions without them anymore. Everyone speculates cynically on the addictive reflexes of others. With everything that is supposed to look lifelike and arouse desires, they are present, as the universal ornamentation to itself with laughing forms. Sexism? If only it were so simple. Advertising and pornography are special cases of modern cynicism, which knows that power must make its way through ideals and that the dreams and addictions of others can be simultaneously stimulated and frustrated in order to achieve one’s own ends. Politics is not only the art of the possible, as has been said, but just as much the art of seduction. It is the chocolate side of power that assumes first, that order must prevail and, second, that the world wants to be deceived.

Peter Sloterdijk, Critique of Cynical Reason, p. 147

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