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Porno for Pessimists
The very fact that you are reading this may indicate that you suffer from a psychosis characterized by delusions of grandeur, coupled with feelings of euphoric bliss, at the prospect of being clued in to terrible events and conspiracies that may be contributing to the end of civilization as we know it.
Back in early February of 2009, Hugo Lindgren—writing for the New York Times—coined the phrase “pessimism porn,” referring to a “fantasy world of the web” where dire economic predictions are cast by self-righteous doomsayers and apocalyptic futurists. According to Lindgren, those of us who give credence to such notions are merely addicted to bad news, and have a false sense of superiority over “ all these heedless knaves who have no clue what’s coming down the pike.”
The daily struggle to find the truth is not a masturbatory exercise in futility. It is an ugly, dirty and animated war for information. To be involved, you must be a warrior, not a spectator.
The definition of pessimism is:
The doctrine or belief that the evil in the world outweighs the good.
While I may believe that evil men overwhelmingly occupy seats of power, I am confident that good people outnumber them several thousand times over. But until I see these people wake from their slumber, and rise to join the fight, I will remain…a pessimist.
Originally posted by facelift
reply to post by FortAnthem
those of us who give credence to such notions are merely addicted to bad news
This may not be the norm, but a fair generalization IMO...most topics in this type of setting are indeed negative, or at least have a negative connotation attached.
Originally posted by bringthelight
What if TPTB's biggest victory was putting people in a state of fear and the collective consciousness of the planet created a future of what we all focused on...
Their biggest victory is making you think they have power over you and we are all doomed.