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I came across a lengthy new article discussing capitalism’s limits/failures and inherent need for growth; I’m going to work on distilling the main points of that paper, but in the mean time, an article from Business Insider caught my attention because it illustrates the total invasiveness of capitalism and the way it permeates every aspect of our lives, rendering humans as no more than an exploitable market demographic under the prying microscope of corporations. This is all being done under the auspices of ‘catering to consumer preferences’ and harkens back to the video posted here.

Google TV, Microsoft, Comcast, and now Verizon have all submitted patent applications to create televisions and DVRs that will watch you as you watch TV…

According to the patent application, here are the ways you can be targeted:

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The DVR will also build a profile about you, picking up on your  “preferences, traits, tendencies.”…

Soon they’ll be installing cameras and monitoring devices in toilets for the marketing of hemorrhoidal creams and anal hygienic products. This inverted totalitarianism is not so hard to implement after several generations of inculcation into the consumerist society where shopping has become the true religion:

…the hard reality is that Jesus in the manger or bleeding on the cross has less appeal to many Americans that do the latest cellphones and other commercial gadgetry.

Actually, despite the emphasis on purchases during the holidays, shopping is a year-round phenomenon in the United States. Children might not be able to read, write, add, or subtract, but they know a great deal about the latest consumer products…