Entertainment As Social Action – Firefly Gathering 2014

by Michael Garfield

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On the significance of claiming our authority as artists in a world shaped by mass communication's influence on mental states. How everything we do is a creative act – how visionary art and marketing are both forms of activism – and how we can use a basic understanding of the human mind to tell a more contagious story, so it sticks and shapes a better future. These ideas inspired me – and they might inspire you – to take a more enthusiastic, savvy, and empowered role in our short lives on Earth...

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
– Robin Williams

“Whoever controls the media controls the mind.”
– Jim Morrison

“Mass communication, in a word, is neither good nor bad; it is simply a force and, like any other force, it can be used either well or ill. Used in one way, the press, the radio and the cinema are indispensable to the survival of democracy. Used in another way, they are among the most powerful weapons in the dictator's armory.”
– Aldous Huxley

“It is as though certain artists, like all who try to convert the ineffable into the tangible, have the ability to tap into the underlying directional flow of the river of time and can tune into and translate those 'radio waves' into representational shapes, textures, figures, colors and sounds. The likelihood (or impact) of a particular future appears to vary with the number of people who hold the picture and associated emotions in their minds. If the effectiveness of this imaging process varies geometrically with the number of people participating in the specific process a relatively small number of people, resolutely focused on a common image of a future, could well change the direction of how reality manifests on a much larger scale. What this also means is that if a small number of key individuals change their mind, a particular future that otherwise looked like a slam dunk won’t show up. There’s an interesting angle on all of this that I haven’t seen mentioned before and that’s the role that social media and that alternative press play in mediating the process by which small (and large) numbers of people are able to collect around common images of the future – both positive and negative – and thereby drive the corporate process of manifesting the future.”
– John Petersen

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archive.org/search.php?query=william%20irwin%20thompson%20AND%20collection%3Aopensource_audio

fredturner.stanford.edu/books/the-democratic-surround/

rushkoff.com/program-or-be-programmed/

solpurpose.com/2014/09/23/advertisement-is-psychedelic-art-is-advertisement/

synergeticpress.com/product/what-has-nature-ever-done-for-us/

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released June 13, 2014

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