Memetic Cascadia: A knowledge sharing course on building a contagious Cascadia (second class)
We will examine ways to transform the abstract idea of Cascadia, the bioregion, into a contagious idea associated with our regional identity. The class will consist of knowledge-sharing as well as creating a functional workspace from which to spread the meme of being "Cascadian." The intent of the class is to eventually become a "think tank."
This course is FREE as it is part of Portland Free School. The goal is to create a bioregional awakening (Cascadia) that becomes widespread and very contagious and then create a "culture of active social change."
Mondays 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
On July 18th at 5:30 will meet at the front door of Millar Library at PSU. There is a big beautiful tree that PSU had to build around when they redesigned the library years ago. We will meet there and send "runners" to find a study room either in library or Smith Memorial Hall (northwest across from the library). When we find an empty room that we can use then we will leave a note at the entrance of the library (we will put a Doug flag or something indicating Cascadia on it with directions). The first day of class (July 11th) the class was held in group presentation room 304 located on the 3rd floor of the library in the far northern wing of the building. We do not know which room we will have access to until that hour as rooms are on a first come first serve basis and must be checked out by either a PSU student or teacher. To get to PSU campus if by bus then there is the Max lines that go up Fifth Avenue end at PSU and the Portland street car also crosses the campus. The following is the address to the Millar Library:
Portland State University Library
1875 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
Possible study rooms or group presentation rooms at the PSU library where class might be held (of course we will post a sign near the library entrance when we find out which room is available):
map of third floor with study rooms in gold
map of fourth floor with study rooms in gold
map of fifth floor with study rooms in gold
Class Two (Monday July 18th 2011):
In this session, we will explore the works of Edward Bernays and others. We will look at how psychology was used by various elite to control the "bewildered herd." We will examine how the very concept of democracy was undermine so as to shift societies from active citizenry to desire driven consumers.
This "class" or actually "think tank" requires interaction between members within the group. Body language, dialog and emotional reactions are critical for our quest to find the Cascadian subconscious and collective mindscape. To watch or read assigned material is not enough to actually understand the journey that this "think tank" is on. I request that physically being in the class is the most valuable part of this quest.
For this class I request all to watch part one of Century of the Self. I ask that you watch this documentary at least once as story telling and getting the very essence of the story. Multiple times is perfectly okay as we will examine elements within this documentary.
The Century of the Self - 1 of 4 - Happiness Machines
How politicians and business learned to create and manipulate mass-consumer society.
Episodes: One | Happiness Machines
Adam Curtis, The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests?
Freud provided useful tools for understanding the secret desires of the masses. Unwittingly, his work served as the precursor to a world full of political spin doctors, marketing moguls, and society's belief that the pursuit of satisfaction and happiness is man's ultimate goal.