HAL NIEDZVIECKI ~ HELLO, I’M SPECIAL ~ 2004

~ MOO-‘N’-COTWWHTNTFOSSAT ~ Millions Of Otherwise – “Normal” – Citizens Of The Western World Harbour The Notion That Fame Of Some Sort Awaits Them

~ TOAOS-D-TECCLAC ~ The Outward Appearance Of Specialness – Despite – Their Essentially Conformist, Conservative Lives And Convictions

~ ITIASCITEOIATNC-IITUPOC ~ If There Is A Single Constant In The Emergence Of Individuality As The New Conformity – It Is The Ubiquitous Presence Of Celebrity

~ NODWHMCTE-B-NCOCSTBCE ~ Not Only Do We Have More Celebrities Than Ever – But – New Categories Of Celebrities Seem To Be Constantly Emerging

~ MASFWTJTPPOS ~ Millions Are Searching For Ways To Join The Permanent Party Of Special

~ TNAOTNC ~ The New Age Of The New Conformity

~ CWHASOTWTT-TNCIWET ~ Can We Have A Sense Of Tradition Without Traditional Tradition? – The New Conforming Individualists Want Exactly That

~ NWCMBF ~ Now We Crave More Better Faster

~ TSRF ~ The Self-Reliance Fantasy

~ TL-TW-R-I-R ~ Tradition-Lite – Tradition Without – Responsibility – Involvement – Requirement

~ S-TITNLAPSAMIEFUQ-HB-SFFDR-UTY ~ Suddenly – The Institution That Not Long Ago Provided Stability And Meaning In Exchange For Unquestioning Acceptance – Has Become – Subjective, Flexible, Flawed, Debatable, Relative – Up To You

~ EPCNTUS-DO-YTCB-SSNDS ~ Every Pop-Culture Narrative Tells Us That – Despite Ordinariness – You Too Can Be – Special, Super, Noticed, Discovered, Successful

~ TMOPCIATOTTOTOP-W-ITPOFHOHH-BTSABTE-ALTL-BSCR-ICHTYH ~ The Message Of Pop Culture Is Always That Of The Triumph Of The Ordinary Person – Who – In The Process Of Following His Or Her Heart – Bucks The System And Becomes The Exception – A Larger-Than-Life – But Still Completely Regular – It-Could-Happen-To-You Hero

~ TIATW ~ Trapped In A Theme World

~ BPCDSWAUIAATS-NDPTUHTGNUSCOOR ~ But Pop Culture Doesn’t Specify What About Us Is Actually All That Special – Nor Does Pop Tell Us How To Garner Notice Upon Successful Completion Of Our Reinvention

~ FOULOATAMDFPC ~ Few Of Us Lack Opinions And Thoughts And Memories Derived From Pop Culture

~ CWS-CWHETROIMF ~ Celebrity Worship Syndrome – Celebrity Worship Has Entered The Realm Of Identifiable Mental Diseases

~ TMTAPSW-TV-TMMTPS ~ The More Time A Person Spends Watching – TV – The More Money That Person Spends

~ TFOTOPTISHBAUF-EITU ~ The Fantasy Of The Ordinary Person Turned International Success Has Become A Universal Fantasy – Encoded In The Unconscious

~ OEAR-BTWWLI-TWWM!-IUTFWOOPCPU ~ Our Expectations Are Raised – But The World We Live In – The World We Made! – Is Unable To Fulfill What Our Own Pop Culture Promises Us

~ ITNC-WTTSFGADNSOI-I-WBWT-IMBPTETS-AT-AOESBDTFOWTSW-STWCFTN ~ In The New Conformity – We Take The System For Granted And Do Not Seriously Oppose It – Instead – We Believe Wholeheartedly That – It May Be Possible To Enter The System – And That – All Our Energies Should Be Directed Toward Figuring Out What The System Wants – So That We Can Fulfill That Need

~ TFITAFTS-AHIW-AABATI-YJDTHE ~ The Focus Is Turned Away From The System – And How It Works – And Aimed Back At The Individual – You Just Didn’t Try Hard Enough

~ TSEIPTEO-Y-B-DAEOTOSIWWLOL ~ The Self-Esteem Industry Places The Emphasis On – You – But – Discourages Any Examination Of The Overall System In Which We Live Our Lives

~ BFTPAERLARPOTCOPS-SEM-TUTIFAL-CUTALODAR-WBTWAATSOOF ~ By Failing To Present Anything Even Remotely Like A Realistic Picture Of The Chances Of Pop Success – Self-Esteem Mythology – Teaches Us To Internalize Failures And Limitations – Conditions Us To Accept Lives Of Disappointment And Regret – We Believe That We Are Always The Source Of Our Failures

~ TOLAIAPCPTCRBR-WFOITBWWSOSOA-OF-OF ~ Though Our Lives Are Steeped In A Pop-Culture Promise That Can Rarely Be Realized – We Feel Our Inability To Become Whatever We’ve Set Our Sights On As – Our Fault – Our Failure

~ WWSTMWITROC-TWCH ~ What We Seem To Most Want Is To Replicate Our Celebrities – This We Cannot Have

~ TNC-TSFTWI ~ The New Conformity – The Search For The Way In

~ SABTTSWLI-ASCWPIAWTCOIBAR-TINCWTMOTS-BEWKITS ~ Subjected And Bound To The Systems We Live In – Any Surface Change We Perform Is Always Within The Confines Of Intense Bureaucracy And Regulation – There Is No Clear Way To Move Outside The System – Because Everything We Know Is The System

~ EFTTP ~ Escape From The Theme Park

~ TLB-CD-A-UOSAPTETPWAFAISA-IATO ~ The Line Between – Chronicling Dissent – And – Using One’s Status As Protester To Enter The Pop World And Further An I’m Special Agenda – Is A Thin One

~ WLIACW-EIP-EIC-EIAOITQFS-ETTTAATL(BRCN) ~ We Live In A Culture Where – Everything Is Permissible – Everything Is Celebrated – Everything Is An Option In The Quest For Special – Even Those Things That Are Against The Law (But Relentlessly Celebrated Nevertheless)

~ ACIWIINLPTAGDIADC ~ A Culture In Which It Is No Longer Possible To Author Genuine Dissent Is A Dying Culture

~ RAUTNCOSIAHSTMF ~ Recognizing And Understanding The New Conformity Of Special Is A Huge Step Toward Moving Forward

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