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As the overload of images from advertising, television and magazines enter our consciousness, driven mostly by advertisers who want us to believe that identity can be acquired by what we consume, we must learn to understand how to read the meaning of these images and not be seduced by them. Once this is understood a deeper understanding of the formation of ones self-identity outside of the commodification of experience can offer an individual their own unique identity based on their own experiences, and not those presented by the media. Self identity, according to the art critic John Berger, exists in our dream life but not in our waking life; “The interminable present of meaningless working hours is ‘balanced’ by a dreamt future in which imaginary activity replaces the passivity of the moment. In his or her day-dreams the passive worker becomes the active consumer, the working self envies the consuming self.” 1
1. John Berger  Ways of Seeing  British Broadcasting  Corporation and Penguin Books 1972

ESSAYS
Pre-Post Modernism: John and Yoko's Year of Peace
Utilitarianism and Public Art

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