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Listen |The Economics of Brainwashing

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Why isn’t every addiction created equal in the court of public opinion? Compulsive smartphone use doesn’t have the same consequences as smoking crack, but ‘Candy Crush’ still makes use of the same addictive feedback loop. Whether you’re gambling or eating Cheetos, you’re trading your time and money in exchange for regular hits of dopamine. You’ll also learn why games like Candy Crush work on exactly the same principles as casino slot machines.

Cracked editors Jack O’Brien and Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) discuss the science and culture of addiction in the 21st century. They’ll look at all the ways giant corporations are exploiting our brains to control our behavior — and ask if there’s any way this addiction train can be stopped.

This is the best podcast I have heard to date. Like all Cracked podcasts the discussion is not dumbed down or so obviously scripted, there is plenty of actual discussion. At 1hr 20 mins its a standard length for these guys, just intellectual discussion about the major driving force of many Western societies which does not encourage individuals to develop their strengths or interests and what we should do to change it. Listen and subscribe to their channel because there’s plenty of interesting material.

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Watch | Us Now

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On a similar theme to the Collaboration documentary I posted a while ago Us Now is a film exploring the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet.

Transparency, self-selection and open participation are coming closer and closer to the mainstream of our social and political lives enabled by technology. This film challenges the existing notions of hierarchy and structure of governments. It brings together leading practitioners and thinkers in this field and asks them to determine the opportunities for government.

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