I'm disappointed with Adbusters lately

When I first subscribed to Adbusters, it was pretty informative: I used to learn things by reading it; it actually had articles. It had things like family trees showing corporate ownership; it was the place where I first learned how corporate personhood came about. They used to regularly run brilliant parodies of advertisements.

But for the last couple of years, it seems like they've totally run out of things to say: the magazine still looks good, and still contains interesting (and occasionally entertaining) pictures, but instead of articles, it seems to have become a hundred pages of navel-gazing: they no longer make arguments about anything, they just spend their time deconstructing the Nike logo or whatever. They no longer support their claims (when they get around to actually claiming anything, that is), they just assume you agree with them already.

Here's page six of the latest issue (I only know it's page six by counting, page numbers being a tool of oppression):

Where are we? The well-heeled experts answer: Globalization. Postmodernism. Communications Revolution. Economic Liberalism. The terms are tautological and evasive. To the anguished question of Where are we? the experts murmur: Nowhere. Might it not be better to see and declare that we are living through the most tyrannical -- because the most pervasive -- chaos that has ever existed?

It doesn't get any more coherent after that. After reading this, I was expecting to find a dry, crusty white powder on the magazine in my hands, because clearly someone had jerked off all over the page I was holding.

I washed my hands, just in case.

(Though, to be fair, I did get the ClearChannel quote via the latest issue.)

I'll probably renew my subscription anyway, as a way of donating to their TV commercial campaigns, but I wish the magazine itself was... less choir-oriented, I guess. Less shrill.

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ClearChannel is not in the radio business

Lowry Mays, founder and CEO of ClearChannel, says:

"If anyone said we were in the radio business, it wouldn't be someone from our company. We're not in the business of providing news and information. We're not in the business of providing well-researched music. We're simply in the business of selling our customers products."
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