All too often, as in advertising and political propaganda, images are used for the ideological manipulation of cognition.
But by the same token–namely, their highly effective non-conceptual, non-propositional psychological impact–images can also have a manipulation-resisting effect, subverting the little cognitive “Big Brothers” we’ve all had more or less quietly inserted into us while dreaming, dreaming, dreaming our way through the constant feed of advertising, magazines, popular books, newspapers, TV, movies, etc., etc., and while passively consuming social media of all kinds.
In other words, images can have a self-critical and creative awakening effect, in service of intellectual and practical self-liberation.
Indeed, that’s precisely the aim of the new APP avatar–
If you’d like a .pdf of the APP avatar, to put to any subversive and liberating use your fully awakened self-critical, creative intelligence can imagine into existence,
or even just to print out, plasticize, and keep under your pillow to prime you for good dreams, please e-mail us at:
and we’ll send you one!, virtually as big as life.
Correspondingly, in our recent post, “Are You Secretly APP? –Here’s What You Can Do About It?,” we proposed
three small, entry-level examples of anarcho-professional calisthenics, to get you warmed up:
(i) Forward links to APP posts you especially like to trusted philosophy friends. And ask them to do the same.
(ii) For the same APP posts, copy and print them out, highlight your favorite passages, and then put them up on the bulletin board(s) in your departmental office, graduate student lounge, or whatever, when no one else is watching.
And if the SJWs or other good little professional academic philosophy do-bees take them down, as they almost surely will, and demand to know who is responsible, then you simply keep your mouth shut tight as a drum and covertly put them up again.
Then repeat as needed.
(iii) Write an APP post, or posts, yourself, then create your own pseudonym!, or use your own real-life name, or whatever, and send your post or posts along to us.
Then we’ll publish it/them for you.
–We’re always hyper-happy to feature the work of new contributors to the APP project.
So in celebration of the world premiere of APP’s new avatar, we hereby add a fourth exercise in anarcho-philosophical calisthenics:
(iv) Print out the new APP avatar, then put IT up on the bulletin board(s) in your departmental office, graduate student lounge, or whatever, when no one else is watching.
IT’s a wake-up call!
And if the SJWs or other good little professional academic philosophy do-bees take IT down, as they almost surely will, and demand to know who is responsible, then you simply keep your mouth shut tight as a drum and covertly put IT up again.
Then repeat as needed.