A culture parasite is a person or company who sucks away value from a culture for the sole purpose of making money. They decrease both the intellect, class, and even appearance of the population that it’s targeted against. Here are some examples of American culture parasites:
- Kim Kardashian
- Apple Computer
- Jersey Shore
- Jinjiang Jiaxing Group Limited (Chinese flip-flop manufacturer that exports to USA)
- Naomi Wolf
- Most media companies
The above has done more than its fair share of contributing to the decline of American women, and therefore your happiness. Chipotle, while providing tasty 2,000 calorie burritos, has helped fatten the population. Apple’s iPhone, which has made it easier to stay connected to the web 24/7, has decreased the attention spans of women. Facebook, while allowing you to stay in touch with old friends, has made women into attention whores. Jersey Shore, while an entertaining program (at least for the first season), has propagated memes that have made women less funny and more vapid. And so on. If you’re in a bar and are annoyed that every woman is glued to her iPhone surfing Facebook, yet you have an iPhone and also use Facebook, who should you blame?
It’s okay to complain about the pussy hell we’ve found ourselves in, but if we go right ahead and support those which have helped create that hell, do we deserve improvement? We all have to hold up a mirror in front of ourselves, myself included, and ask if we’re giving attention or money to the very things that are degrading our society and making us less likely to find a quality woman.
Even if we stop supporting all culture parasites, we may not make much of a dent in our culture’s decline, but at least our demands will be congruent with our character. We will have a right to make those demands and have the expectation that they be met.Tweet Follow @rooshv
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One of the reason I read Rooshv is not for his advice on girls, but rather you do write well.
A good writer can write on any subject with eloquence and retain the reader’s interest, even if they disagree with the views.
I think you write well because you read a lot. I do not mean Internet Junk food from sites mentioned above but books.
Non-fiction books convey information, and literature conveys experience. But either way they increase your awareness about life. And awareness increases your ability to act on your free will as well as your writing style.
I am not a cultural elitist at all, but thanks for writing about how women (and men)in the USA gravitate towards the lowest denominator culturally, and are not even aware of it.
So, capitalism is the biggest culture parasite of all?
Not all culture parasites are created equal.
Like I’d put Kim K, Gawker, and Naomi Wolf on a different level than Apple, Facebook and Jinjiang.
The first group actively promotes shitty memes, whereas the latter just provides a platform.
I guess there are two different levels of cultural parasitism.
No capitalism is not the parasite. Consumerism and trying to keep up with the Jones is. Capitalist take advantage of it but don’t force anyone to partake in it. And it can be directly correlated to the disposable society we have become.
The iphone is the worst invention of the 21st century. It stops people from having to think; I wonder how interesting the next gadget-addicted generation is going to be…
Let me add society is akin to my cousin. He has a BMW, a ZX-14, lots of nice toys but he isn’t content. His problem is instead of enjoying the technical and mechanical aspects and what makes those things cool and in turn that being a factor for purchasing them, he went for merely the status of owning them. Hence why the bike is rarely ridden and the BWM is slowly falling apart.
Yeah , Naomi Wolf, author of “The End Of America: A Letter of Warning to Young Patriot” … she really destroyed the culture with that book — an excellent primer about creeping fascism in America.
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Naomi Wolf is ignorant about many things (feminism in particular), but in posting this you show that you’re not too many steps above her.
“So, capitalism is the biggest culture parasite of all?”
Not capitalism, materialism.
be careful Roosh. You are no treading on thin ice and the wrath of the TPTB will definitely come after you if you continue this analysis. Take a look at the majority of your list
Kim Kardashian – who produces the shows and keeps it on the air ?
Jersey Shore – who produces it and keeps it on the air ?
Facebook – who owns it and runs it ?
Naomi Wolf – self explanatory
Most media companies – who owns them and runs them ?
Now you’re getting at something. Might as well also blame all the processed food and soft drink industry.
Love the blog, and Kim K does suck, but you being 1/2 Turk should be careful about publicly bashing an Armenian.
Does it matter that there’s a facebk link on this page?
Chipotle products are nowhere near 2,000 calories.
Chipotle has salads. I’d rather girls eat chipotle salads than just about any other menu item from an American fast food shitbox.
Add to that list any and all hipsters.
Let me also add that Naomi Wolf is part of the group of journalists suing the government over the illegality of the NDAA (indefinite detention bill).
Naomi Wolf (author of “The End of America”) joined Chris Hedges (author of “War is A Force that Gives us Meaning” and “American Fascists”) in the lawsuit, with backing support from Glenn Greenwald (Constitutional Scholar for Salon.com) in this anti-NDAA lawsuit.
Yeah, suing the government over illegal detention / torture/ rendition is such a real destruction of the culture. We need to go back to old-fashioned values — values like speaking ignorantly about topics one has not sufficiently investigated.
Fuck the poisonous ideology that is feminism — but also fuck general ignorance of the type found in this article — such as categorically denouncing an author without reading their works.
Chipotle is by far one of the better fast food joints out there. There’s one right in front of my gym, and thankfully so because it’s one of the few places I can go and get a decent 500 calorie meal with a balanced nutrient ratio that actually fills me up (two crispy chicken tacos and a side of pinto beans).
BK, McDonalds, Wendy’s, KFC….those are the real scourge on society.
I forgot that Chipotle is sacred in the States.
If you load up the burrito, get chips, and also a soda, it puts it well over 1,000 calories.
I haven’t found facebook and phones to be much of a barrier in my dating life. It’s actually helped me a bunch of times. It’s just a new tool that you have to adapt to and if you just complain about the tool adapting, your falling behind like an old man.
You might as wel add google to your list, they make smartphones cheap!
It has nothing to be with being a fan of Chipotle. Rather, your claim about “2,000 calorie burritos” is outright false.
If you want to go after fast food places for fattening the population, that does make sense, but Chipotle is a very poor example.
What does it mean when the games on my iPad are more entertaining than most girls?
Why not Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme instead of a simple burrito joint.
I’ve only stayed on Facebook since I live overseas. However, I am getting closer to quitting it. It really does make me cringe. As I walked a long a try hard street in my hometown I walked past 5 girls typing furiously on their phones. All of them on Facebook. I really struggle to understand how hours on this site is good for society? I rarely witness it being used in a productive way. It’s 90% an attention seeking platform.
Chipotle is “Mexican food” for people that live in places with no good Mexican food. Or don’t know what Mexican food is.
Basically, it’s for the strip mall crowd.
No one goes to Chipotle in San Diego and I would assume no one goes there in Texas as well.
Agreed with above. Not sure why you’d include Chipotle. As far as fast food is concerned surely McDonalds or KFC are far worthier of condemnation. At least at Chipotle you can get a healthy option like a burrito bowl w/out rice.
Here is some art that explains the concept of the ‘cock carousel’ in a somewhat exaggerated manner.
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I am half Armenian but I have no interest in black c0ck.
Go ahead and bash her please.
this is your worst post in a really really long time.
chiptole is a pretty awful example of destructive american fast food. though worth about 2 meals in calories, the ingredients in a chipotle burrito are fairly solid..all unprocessed except for the meat. if anything it’s popularity signals a turn for the better in the american diet. on the other hand, who cares.
The minute we blame “capitalism” we kick off a holy war that seems to go nowhere, but always led there by market fundamentalists volunteering to go down defending a capitalist ideal that exists nowhere in the real world, not unlike their religious counterparts.
Most will agree that market-based economics are the most favorable for growing prosperity and creating a basis for fairly distributing the fruits of prosperity. That is: the left agrees on this, so does the right. The left from the european social democrats thru american democrats thru moderate republicans.
Only the far left and far right believe in faerie tales (central planning that is agile and fair or capitalism, anywhere, ever).
We need market economies because we have no better model. We need to distribute prosperity fairly because doing so grows economies, averts revolutions and generally is a just thing all around.
Too bad the words are so corrupted, but say capitalism and you may as well say love, it is in the eye of the beholder and exists on specious merit anyway.
Europe is a market economy (it is not socialist republifreaks). So is the US. Neither are capitalist but yes, a skewed distribution of prosperity that magnifies status differences unfairly and takes hypergamy to hyperdrive … that is a real problem for both the socially minded leftist and traditionalist alike.
in this post Roosh shows once again, that while he may be a good guy, he’s not terribly smart.
yea gotta say roosh was way off here, ipods and facebook arent inherently bad, all depends on how you use them, chipotle is by far one of the healthier chain restaurants out there, and the excuse that if you “load up the burrito, get chips and a soda” it puts it well over 1000 calories is a pretty unnecessary statement since the only thing wrong with that meal is the chips and soda, which you could get anywhere, not chipotles fault, kim kardashian is fuckin beautiful, yes shes dumb, but its even dumber american bitches idolizing her that is the problem, you’re pretty spot on about uggs and jersey shore tho haha fuck that shit
The American Woman and Male has faced a rapid declination because of the above mentioned, most men are followers so they will do whatever women do to try and ‘fit in’…
It’s no secret that over 80% of TV advertisements are geared towards women, the American Woman is the most self absorbed creature on Earth.
Fascinating how people have a laser focus on their prized Fast Food instead of the rest of the article.
Tortilla, Rice, Steak, Tomato Salsa and Cheese = 730 Calories
Regular Size 32 oz Coke
You’re over 1,600 Calories IN ONE SINGLE MEAL…
i did not know about Gawker,Uggs,Chipotle,and Jinjiang Jiaxing Group Limited.
Facebook has been the worst thing ever invented for girls. Now, every girl thinks they are some kind of celebrity or that they have profound wisdom to share with their 1000 “friends.” Totally idiotic.
The worst thing about Facebook is that every girl, whether they are ugly/fat or actually attractive has 100′s of guys ready to kiss their ass and put pussy on a pedestal 24 hours a day. It is truly sickening.
…hey go easy on Chipotle bro, they have a higher caliber of female clientele than your average fast food joint, at least where I live. Plus with their setup you can work them while waiting in line.
……not to mention there burritos are fucking good. I simply limit myself to a couple times a month and have no worries.
the other thing worth mentioning about chipotle is that the chips and soda are about another 5 dollars. you have to really be in the mood to stuff your face if to go down that route. If you just go for the burrito and a water, you get 730 decently wholesome calories. If you have 3 meals a day that average that many calories, you get 2190 for the day. 2000 is the recommendation for an active adult male typically. So if you just have a light breakfast there’s literally no problem with it.
roosh just picked chipotle because he wanted to critique a chain beloved by proles and swpls alike.
I’m worried about Roosh. He seems to be having some sort of personal issues. Can someone organize an intervention?
i’m glad you put Kim K. #1
to paraphrase a dead philosopher: the obstacles that don’t break you will make you stronger.
elevate your game dawg!
While I agree with many of these, especially Kim K., are you really going to lump things like Apple in with her just based on the iPhone? What about the contributions the company makes to tech in general? Some of these contributions have significantly contributed to education, science and other socially worthwhile endeavors. Is your philosophy so focused on the worthlessness of American women that you forget there is a whole other world out there?
Don’t forget the “Guac”
C’mon, Roosh! Don’t compile lists like this without including the absolute #1 parasite, the government. Get rid of those guys (without replacing them with similar, or for that matter anyone), and the institution of parasitism itself becomes fiendishly hard to sustain. They are the enabler, the promoters, and the profiteers of a degenerate culture of parasitism. Get rid of them already!
One of those people..
So since guns kill people, and that’s bad, we should blame the people who make the guns, not the one’s who pull the trigger…
Actually blackberry started it all with there phones. Apple made them better no doubt but sending texts and emails while on a date was being done long before the iPhone.
Also dating sites. Are a massive contributor to the inflated egos of American women. They get 100′s of emails from guys wanting to screw them and they take that as I must be Attractive look at all the attention I get.
Its not the parasites, its the culture ITSELF.
The CULT of possesions. THe culture based on fear, materialism, fake terror paranoia.
The culture of cheap entertainment without any basic knowledge about nutrition, health, men-women affairs.
On the other hand America was home to many wonderful people like: Jimmy Hendrix, Osho, the whole Hippie culture, eckhardt tolle, deepak chopra, bashar, Slash, albert einstein, malcolm X, Wilhelm Reich…
America is huge, diverse country, with a lot of potential.
Just notice how everything went down the drain right after 9/11.
Notice another incredible difference between USA and France. Both belong to western culture, facebook, shopping, parties all that stuff. But how they differ in the Culture of Eating!!
French girls- slim, sexy, love to flirt, funny, do i mention french kisses?
American girls- you know ;-)
Why such immense difference? The big reason: EATING and DRINKING. How they eat and how they drink. French taste food…. chew.. slowly. Enjoy it. Celebrate it. Smell wine, cheeses, herbs. Americans? eat like pigs. I’m sorry. Roosh – you could write a long article about this issue.
What is with the love for Chipolte’s? Go to a locallly owned place
Chipootle is made of natural ingredients and has electrolytes, what humans need.
Sent from my iPhone.
How can you possibly blame Apple for how its customers use its products? That’s absurd. I use my iPad to read your site. I check your Twitter feed on my iPhone. I’m sure many do the same.
Apple is the most respected business in America and for good reason. They make choice products. They are consistently raising the standards for many industries. Apple is one of the few companies America can still be proud of. It stuns me sometimes how ignorant you can be about things like this. But maybe you’re just trolling…
And Apple Inc. hasn’t been called Apple Computer for some time, by the way. Your opinion of a company’s operations and impact on the world can’t be all that reliable when you don’t even know its proper name. Just sayin’.
Sent from my iPad
Actually the biggest cultural parasite are bloggers.
Pretty much all one needs is an email address, word press and a fourth grade mastery of the English language to proclaim him/herself an authority. It’s the lowest common denominator of human communication and the highest form of narcissism. Many even claim to be bloggers, as a verb, as in their primary profession or art form. It’s degrading to all social, intellectual and basic human sensibilities.
It’s not as bad as writing ebooks and then calling oneself an author. Oh wait…
Now you KNOW you can go around making fun of Chipotle and Apple without getting some blowback. :)
Anyway, your boy VK had an interesting post too. Wanted to comment on it, but he locked it down too soon (it had the idiots crawling out of the woodwork.)
But basically wanted to say that the reason there’s so much game/racist crossover is because they both recruit from the same pool – loser men.
Anyway, I disagree that any of the stuff in your list comprises “culture parasites” of any kind. It’s stuff I don’t care a whole lot for (though I love me a Chipotle burrito on occasion), it’s not like it’s somehow stunting the intellectual potential of geniuses or anything. They are harmless distractions.
A hot chick can be on Facebook via her iPhone talking about Kim Kardashian while eating a Chipotle burrito…and you wouldn’t have a problem with it. Admit it! :)
Previous post is awesome :), I loled so hard.
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If you think a burrito bowl without rice from Chipotle is healthy option you should kill yourself.
I’d like to see the IP Address of Chipotle #1 Fan.
“Chipotle products are nowhere near 2,000 calories.”
Yeah, I’m sure lots of customers come in and order romaine lettuce with a side of salsa.
The thing that is the most damaging in the Western diet isn’t bad food, its bad food that girls are being told is good for them.
[Roosh: Bethesda, Maryland. Yeah whenever I walk by Chipootle, I see athletes and thin people who make the right nutrition choices every day. Never any fatties. ]
i love chipotle more than vag
Fuck that. Chipotle is the only thing that fills me up after a heavy day of heavy lifting at the gym. SQUATS, DEADLIFT, (REAL) SWIMMING… these things need serious fuel.
For the average population, I totally agree with Roosh. I can’t believe non-athletes can handle all that shit.
Solution? You need a gym membership to eat there? right…. maybe in stalin’s Russia.
This one seems to have hit quite close to home for a lot of you guys haha
Amen. This is one reason why I don’t carry an iphone or watch any of that shit.
The “I” in iphone stands for “insecurity.”
Chipotle is mentioned because ignorant North Americans eat it and actually think its fancy Mexican food.
I would also add large trashy tattoos on arms, legs and backs.
I really had no idea people ate Chipotle.
I mean, I guess they had to exist, but I am so far removed from strip mall middle America that this thread almost seems surreal.
I feel depressed that my fellow American’s have to live like this.
Well, not really depressed, but I will tell you if I had to eat Chipotle once, I would kill myself.
Then again, I have pretty high standards for life.
Solid post. Deleted FB a few weeks ago because I had one of these “part of the problem or part of the solution” moments.
In the past, women looked up to their baby making mothers but today women look up to lesbians like Oprah(CIA agent)/ Martha Stewart or anyone that has a college degree or on TV. No wonder American women are more confused and vulnerable than ever before. Feminism is war on women but women are too stupid to notice this war anyways.
Ipod conspiracy-Breaking human bonds
Planned obsolescence conspiracy
Denver International Aiport Murals conspiracy
-Notice dead women in coffins at 0:58. You do not see dead men or children. Think children of men.
the movie maeks a good point…if everyone reproduced responsibly there would be no overpopulation problem….when the population reaches critical limits, something drastic like this has to happen….do you think the elites are EVIL people who derive sadistic pleasure watching something like this….its the sheep that brought this upon themselves….
when the cattle is so GREEDY that they will stampede each other to get their hands on the new xbox, i dont expect them to comprehend the deep message this movie is trying to impart.
correct me if i’m wrong but the main ingredients in a burrito are rice, beans, meat, lettuce and tomatoe, right?Rice and beans with meat is eaten almost everyday throughout latin america, included roosh’s beloved brasil, where women are famous for their figures.i walk by a chipotle on my way to work and to be honest i dont see that many fat people in there, they’re all at mcdonalds
discussions about chipotle? i’m sorry, this is lack of intelligence.
SUGAR is by far the worst thing women ingest, it lowers mental capacity, drains energy, deprives oxygen and vitamin B, feeds cancers and candida, promote high blood pressure, leeches calcium from bones.
american culture is all about eating high amounts of sugar. together with white flour. cheesecake NY supersized. Humans will never be attractive eating chemical shit which slowly degenerates body and mind…
I really had no idea people ate Chipotle.
I mean, I guess they had to exist, but I am so far removed from strip mall middle America that this thread almost seems surreal.
I feel depressed that my fellow American’s have to live like this.
Well, not really depressed, but I will tell you if I had to eat Chipotle once, I would kill myself.
Then again, I have pretty high standards for life.
You come across as really insecure and pathetic. You should work on that.
I *LOVE* Chipotle – the only problem is getting those pesky blood stains out of my underwear..
I find hilarious that people are all up in arms about Roosh shitting on Chipotle. Yes, if you know how to order you can build a great meal that hits your macronutrient ratios easily. Chipotle is great for bulking as well. But how many motherfuckers in Chipotle lift 3 – 5 times a week and care about their macronutrient ratios? Exactly.
You can go to fucking McDonalds and have a 800 calorie meal that hits your ratios if you know what you’re doing, it doesn’t mean McDonald’s should be eaten every day.
Chipotle is shit. I dont know how you people live in middle america when chipotle is considered good food. So bland and tasteless.
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“Chipotle is shit. I dont know how you people live in middle america when chipotle is considered good food. So bland and tasteless.”
Ummm, there is a line 75 deep to get into the one in San Francisco so I don’t know why you are slamming middle America. And I haven’t heard anyone argue Chipotle is haute cuisine. It is a simple and fast lunch of beans and rice. What’s the big deal?
MTV is the worst of them all IMO. These fucking R’N'B bitches
Here is an example, in an upcoming film, about a woman (who is barely a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10 and who therefore ought to be as happy as a runaway slave she has a (hipster) dude husband at all, even then, feels entitled to more. So she has an affair. Thing is, most tatooed, unshaved “wannabe” hipster chicks from Williamsburg to Adams Morgan will imagine themselves in the same context. they wish. ha. the meme continues.
[...] Thanks to iPhones and Facebook, basically every person in America is a complete fucking flake, especially girls under the age of 24. Even though my text game is usually pretty tight, I wasn’t even remotely surprised when I got a text 15 minutes beforehand saying she was bailing to sleep all day because the ghost had kept her awake all night. I didn’t bother replying to her frosted flakey bullshit and pretty much forgot about hanging out with her. [...]
Here is the truth. If american males dont get it that the real reason behind the degenaration of northern girls (American, British, Danish, Norwegian, German) is Sugar, White Flour, Alcohol intake combined with low melanin…
females will certainly never understand it.
If males are convinced that its the Chipotle and Facebook- oh my god, the western society is done. Just count the % of white population in the West- declining SUPERFAST. White people are having difficult time to bond, marry, produce children. Even have a cool conversation.
I am running a 25% def and will be eating a delicious 600kcal 60g protein lunch today.
I am also long apple.
Granted, this is the first topic I have ever disagreed with passionately enough to leave a comment. You are an unbelievably entertaining writer and I love your stuff. Keep at it.
Seriously though apple and chipotle make great products. Fatties gonna get fat.
Iphones are the new cigarettes. But the health impacts are different. instead of cancer, you get a disease of the brain were you forget how to socialize properly with another human being in real life. ;)
We can’t give these parasites more power than they need. Just be in your own frame, at all times. Reacting to these will only trip you.
Let’s not forget “Sex In the City”, one of the first shows that warped women’s minds! The was “Single In the City” about NYC entitled bitches. Desperate Housewives who were thought they were entitled. A reality TV shows like the where the guys are good looking but dumb as rocks! I lived the Jersey Shore thing a decade before it ever came on so I’ve never watched it. Girls to being social in while waiting in public places. The original gadget that started the problem was first the “Walkman”, then the Cellphone and iPod. Then if became impossible to ever meet a girl in a public place.
It’s kind of amusing how quickly the comments devolved into exactly the kind of modern American hipster bullshit that Roosh has been railing against for years now. What on Earth is it with you people and identifying so hard with some stupid retailer or restaurant franchise or iGobbleCum manufacturer or whatever?
Hey, dumbasses, Chipotle doesn’t care about you or your health; they’re not interested in being some aperture of responsible, cultured fast food. They just want your fucking money. Get a goddamn clue.
I don’t really care if people want to eat fast food because they like it (although the last hundred or so years has been a strong argument in favor of the attitude that we cannot trust the average working Joe to indulge responsibly) but I do stand up straight away when it starts getting into preachy cow dung territory.
I mean, again, just look at the comments here. Brain-fried weirdos with tinfoil hats, angry, pissy women, crazy gym rats more obsessed with their bowel movements and the size of their pectorals than their own happiness. What a harrowing nightmare our dear country has become. It makes post-war Verdun look like the Chelsea flower gardens.
(P.S. Apple products are degrading the tattered, ratty fabric of our people, this much is completely indisputable, deal with it fanboys. To put it another way, consider a thought experiment: if you were tasked with writing your life’s memoirs, would you prefer an iPad/iPhone/iWhatever or a plain old pen and paper? Which would get the work done faster?
The pen and paper, because iProducts are designed and marketed towards schiz ADD-riddled morons who constantly need new fixes, new signs that we’re living in some kind of cool future utopia. iShit is designed by nature for bored people, and they’re thoroughly disposable; each one is intended to waste a person’s time until the next iteration is released).
By the way, Roosh, and I think we’re speaking more to a shared understanding or experience we have here than to everyone else… it’s my suspicion that the homely (or intentionally ugly) girls who get into the whole Jezebel thing, being snarky and overeducated, posting on Facebook about life as a “postgrad” or whatever, they’re by and large very unhappy people. Sure, you get the odd Gawker-reading bitch who genuinely has the body to back up her flighty cuntitude, but I’m positive it’s the exception to the rule.
I dated a girl like this a while ago (and yes, we didn’t last long; I just couldn’t take it and I wanted out). She fit the stereotypes to the letter: sort of frumpy, obsessed with college or with work, intelligent but unchallenged (meaning she had a false idea of the breadth of her knowledge because none of her peers ever raked her over the coals or gave her a verbal beatdown), Gawker-reading, vaguely feminist and so on. She was a terribly sweet girl underneath and if things had been different I might have made things work. Maybe in the next life.
But it’s that “underneath” part that’s the key word here. My inkling is that these girls use the ‘bitchy’, confident lifestyle (veiled by layers and layers of irony like a fat man’s wedding cake) and their very loose circle of ‘friends’ as a surrogate for a husband. You find this with Tumblr girls, where the laughably hipster Instagram-type posts are far less bitchy and more intimate. In either case it doesn’t take much to scratch off the surface and find a lonely girl with a dark future ahead of her underneath.
Don’t get me wrong here: as far as I’m concerned these women have brought their unhappiness on themselves, and I don’t see them as remotely hard done by (quite the opposite). But I also doubt you would need more than a good kick to bring this shaky edifice crashing down.
Lay off the frijoles for a while, amigo. They are not your enemy, but if you love them too much, they are not your friend. :-)
Responding to post #80 by jorts:
“…if you were tasked with writing your life’s memoirs, would you prefer an iPad/iPhone/iWhatever or a plain old pen and paper? Which would get the work done faster? The pen and paper…”
I don’t know what time period you’re from or how you manage to participate in online discussion with such an opinion. Computers (iMacs included) are infinitely faster at writing, editing, and drafting. I can’t even remember the last time I’ve written anything of length with a pen. Let’s get together some time and clock how long it takes for you to copy a sentence of text with a pen versus my copy/paste on my iPad/Bluetooth keyboard combo.
“…, because iProducts are designed and marketed towards schiz ADD-riddled morons who constantly need new fixes, new signs that we’re living in some kind of cool future utopia.”
Ok, grandpa, when you’re willing to overcome your fear of technology I’ll gladly show you how iPads are being used to access medical records and save lives in hospitals and how iPhones are helping blind people get a sense of independence through voice navigation. You’re being a dolt. You clearly have no clue what mobile apps are or what they’re capable of. Do you still take a horse to work every day too? Those new-fangled cars really aren’t letting you take in the scenery.
When you’re willing to come out of the Stone Age, take a gander:
Sent from my iPad
“Ok, grandpa, when you’re willing to overcome your fear of technology I’ll gladly show you how iPads are being used to access medical records and save lives in hospitals and how iPhones are helping blind people get a sense of independence through voice navigation”
Thanks for the timely rejoinder with some meaningless corporate fluff, Chief Sergeant of the Apple Defense Squad (no kidding blind people need audio cues to use their iPhones, since the overpriced pieces of shit have touchscreens instead of tactile buttons!)
Grow up and quit binding your fucking personality to a hunk of plastic and wires. Jesus.
Possible true, possible short sighted, possibly besides the point.
Apple, I say, IS American culture. It is ‘Designed in California’. It is great equalizer. You can sit in Cambodia and ‘Design in Cambodia’ an iOS app that makes $500 a month. Minimum wage in Cambodia is $50 a month. You can be ten times wealthier, just because you picked up a book, learned something, had an idea, and used a principal concept of ‘American culture’: Designed in California.
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Naomi Wolf is a bit iffy. I wouldn’t call her a parasite though.
The rest are pretty much right though.
Don’t worry, Roosh. Some of us got the point.
U r a homo, and repressing your love for dick makes you angry at both Mac and Chipotle.
So just get yourself a burrito and relax my friend.
dieantwoord is a great act
In defence of Apple and Facebook. You cannot blame a hammer for how the builder swings it.
It is quiet sad that I have feelings for my macbook.But it is just a useful tool nothing more.
Great discussion, fellas. I’ve learned more about “the American culture” from these comments than in the last several months. (I’m not American but I’ve spent here, on and off, 5,5 years for graduate study). Keep it going.
One comment made me laugh out loud at (oh yeah, here we go) how utterly clueless (some) Americans are. The dude who thinks that an average person in… wait for it, freaking Cambodia, can make an iPhone app and make some money on the side… I mean, this has to be a joke, right? How DO you get an iPhone in Cambodia if all you have is $50 a month? Logic, people? How about them brains? Overrated? Thought so. “Oh, let’s not get too technical here. In theory, a guy in Cambodia can create an iPhone app and make $500 a month”. Hahahaha. Gotta love Americans and that unshakable belief that everything’s right with the world. By the way, is anyone else seeing a correlation here: the dude who defends the iPhone is also profoundly stupid. Coincidence? Who knows.
“Apple, I say, IS American culture. It is ‘Designed in California’. It is great equalizer.”
When your “culture” is tied to consumerism and trendy stupid products you know you are on the decline. It may be your culture, but it certainly is not mine. Forgive me for pursuing a culture of value, substance, purpose, and meaning. Can the iShit give me that? Leave this country for a few years and you will learn a thing or two and learn how wrong you really are. You are living in the American matrix. Free your mind.
I find this hilarious. There are two massive generalizations going on here.
1. People who like Apple must be dumb ADD people.
2. People who dislike Apple must be poor.
The real “beef” here is that Apple is causing wealth to move to the top 0.01% instead of the top 0.1% and people are unhappy about it. Just like Facebook because its causing the people who have status to obtain more status (women included in terms of attention). The real complaint here is about capitalism and how few benefit.
If the 1% is so “dumb” why can’t you find a way to get in, are you just complaining?
If the people who hate AAPL/Facebook are so “behind the times” why do you care so much, because you’re actually not using the technology for your benefit?
The final irony is is summed in a single word for BOTH parties…. “#youangry?”
Great post overall, excellent points made.
You’re right about Apple. Yet I can’t condemn them too much, since I own about 8 of their products, and I’m typing this on a flagship, 27″ desktop cinema display made for video editing. Their shit is the top of the game. So the fact that they’re top-notch technically can’t be the reason for their cultural parasitism, otherwise you’d have to indict Porsche, Glock, Santa Cruz (bikes & snowboards), etc.
Perhaps pertinent to the charge of cultural parasitism, Apple “stole” Braun’s 1960′s design ethos, down to the fine details in many products: http://gizmodo.com/343641/1960s-braun-products-hold-the-secrets-to-apples-future
Yet I suspect that it’s not the products themselves that draw your fire for being parasitic, it’s how the products are used by the masses, i.e. to zone the fuck out and be anywhere but present much of the time. That’s really not Apple’s fault, other than making a compelling product, but it’s really an evolutionary fault. Rather, most humans are just not evolved enough to handle the temptation of a near-constant stream of dopaminergic stimulation.
As for the restaurant deal, you are just a bit too cynical, amigo. Chipotle may be cultural parasites in that they make non-authentic Mexican food, but they’re innovators in the agribusiness arena. They buy a lot of free-range beef, chicken, and pork, which is not only good for you in that it has superior Omega 3/6 ratios, but it’s also very, very good for the planet. They’re now extending this policy to the dairy they buy:
They collaborated with Willie Nelson & Coldplay to produce an animated video showing the problems & challenges of large-scale commercial agribusiness:
I don’t eat fast food much at all, but when I do, Chipotle’s at the top of a very short list of acceptable places to get a quick, hearty, reasonably priced, and nutritious meal.
So in my view, neither Apple nor Chipotle “suck value.” Quite contrary, they provide it.
The Kardashians? Now, they deserve all the scorn heaped upon them for cultural parasitism.
Once again if you think Chipotle is nutritious, you should kill yourself.
As a person who spent a good amount of years living in Africa, can I just say that you guys really don’t get what is causing this nation to fall apart. Whether it’s Chipotle, Apple, Reality TV etc. Consumerism, Capitalism, Materialism etc, are not the reason that America is in the gutter: We are.
You see, one of the things that I’ve yet to see most American people get, is why America was the envy of the world. Politicians and Teachers go around and tell you it’s because of charity, freedom, political process…please, it’s all BS. The reason why people from Africa, Asia, South America etc, envied this country, was because it could back up it’s arrogance. It was the Muhammad Ali of nations. Sure the people didn’t care much about style, sure the people didn’t care much about tradition and respect, but damn when they said they were going to do something, they did it.
There has never been any nation like America, even as you complain and withdraw from this nation, people of the 3rd world are coming all over, taking all the things that you took for granted in the past, and taking it over to their nations to improve themselves, and compete with you in the market of wealth and success.
You see, the truth is that they’re coming for you. That kid from Africa, who you see with the fly on his cheek, that the US media likes to show so you can view his nation as dead poor,the truth is that, just 10 miles away is a guy taking the SATS trying to get into MIT so he can become a petroleum engineer and make a fortune when he decides to come back home and start his own business – but trust me they won’t let you know that, they don’t want you to realize that you’re in competition with 7 billion people!
If there are things that has destroyed America, it’s that Americans have lost their dignity, self-respect and sense of urgency. Dignity in the fact to think that corporations have control over them, self-respect in terms of the things that entertain them, and urgency in terms of the things in life that really matter: ie family, building wealth, self-knowledge etc. The rest of the world has all 3 of those things because they’re hungry. Americans are full, literally and figuratively, and they are too blinded by trivialities to see that 3rd worlders are coming in to TAKE their s*it! They’re coming for your cars, your homes, your televisions, your jobs etc. Yet you want to blame consumerism, capitalism, because they took advantage of the market that exists out of American decline?
The problems with America are problems of the soul, not problems of money. You travel across the world and you see how much more money exists in America, than anywhere else, you realize that the problems we have come from something much deeper. Don’t blame the people who use the market, that’s what they’re supposed to do. As the market changes, so do the businesses. If Americans were good in the soul, the products and celebrities that would make money would be a reflection of that.
Chipotle takes some of the cheapest food imaginable (rice, beans, tortillas), then marks it up by 800% and sells it to idiots.
Seriously. $6 dollars for a burrito? You could make it yourself for 50 cents maximum.
[Roosh: But it's nutritious and the only food I can get full on!]
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All this reminds of the stories of people freaking out about the railroad, and how it would make their cow’s milk turn sour.
Change is scary when you’re getting old. Ohhhh, who knows what’s going to happen?! The world is ending!!!!!
Apple provides a platform. If you’re an opportunist, you write some apps, make some money, use the discount booking sites to fly to Poland. Or write ebooks that guys can find on the (evil) Interwebz and download to their (evil) eReaders.
This isn’t a rail against demise of culture, this is old people whining about change. Remember when CDs became popular, and guys whining about the demise of records?
Like Darwin said, it’s not about being strong to survive, but being adaptable.
I would add Moxie from http://www.andthatswhyyouresingle.com who drains value from the manosphere.
Moxie is an underachiever who lives off her parents due to her lack of career success and her ailing speed dating / dating advice business. She has serious father issues and desperately craves the approval of men. Any men. This is why she tends to lay into women so aggresively… so that men can view her as the “good girl” her father never recognized her to be.
Any woman who shows a modicum of standards and self esteem is a target of jealousy for her, and weaker women who have made the same mistakes in life as her (being pumped and dumped) are viciously derided
She is the biggest carousel rider, openly lies about her promisciuty and high body count, and uses multiple profiles on OKC – two to trawl for one-night stands and the other to find a chump who will marry her.
As an aging, overweight woman with unmanageable hair, a severe overbite, she cannot even give her pussy (which hangs like the sleeve of a wizard) away on OKC. It sucks to be you Mox.
Roosh, I appreciate the Brawndo reference, but your constant snark is the refuge of a weak argument. On the “sacred” Chipotle tip, lots of flawed logic in here.
- “I forgot Chipotle was sacred.”
Injecting rhetoric isn’t logic. Chipotle isn’t sacred… STARBUCKS is, though. Plenty of us get your point that Chipotle is just a proxy for the SWPL “healthy” way of eating. A 400-cal coffee is socially okay, but a 400-cal _____ [insert anything someone middle class would like for a snack] will get you looked down upon at the office.
- “Chipotle serves 2,000 calorie burritos.”
You got called on that and then defended it by adding a side and a giant soft drink. You can add a side and giant soft drink at just about any restaurant and double the calories.
- “I see lots of fat people at Chipotle.”
And I see lots of fat people at the supermarket. Should I not buy groceries ever again? I see a lot of fat people at the health food store too. Guess I cannot go there either.
- “Chipootle is made of natural ingredients…”
Actually, snark aside, they source meats from Niman Ranch. Probably higher quality than most of the mid-level grocery store cuts. And no, you couldn’t replicate one of these meals at home for 50 cents. Probably a few bucks, but then you’d have to cook at scale and put labor into it (which as a person who likes to cook, I don’t mind, but you cannot remove that factor from the economics of it).
Guess my point here is that you seem more embroiled in hate for Chipotle than getting on with your original angle which I presumed to be that SWPL-type chains, which generally serve portions over-sized for the average female, have largely displaced quality mom and pop restaurants. Also, the convenience culture doesn’t approach food with much respect anymore.
A lot of the “defenders” here probably like Chipotle for the same reason I do. Why do I eat there, because “it’s the only food that fills me up”? Um, no. Because it’s convenient and fast and a few standard deviations higher in quality than most restaurants in the price/speed range in the area where I work.
And I do see lots of lean and athletic professional men grabbing lunch there (along with the typically overweight female office workers in black pants with short hair).
Typically we’re all getting Burrito Bowls without rice. Some of these athletic guys I know will eat there a few times a week, even. Construction of the meal varies: skip the beans or the cheese depending on their diet particulars, but almost all will add the guac which is loaded with monounsaturateds. The one I get is about 700 calories… not a big meal at all. Recently I even saw a nationally known professional athlete there looking like this was a post-workout.
BTW — I’m in Texas where they have “real Mexican food” as one commenter suggested. No one here confuses Chipotle with that any more than I’d guess people thing Pei Wei is Chinese food.
^Meant to qualify meal size. 700 cal is actually a small meal for me. Eat about 3000-3500 cal daily. But for a more average adult male targeting 2500 cal, it wouldn’t be oversized either.
Facebook is fucking gross. It’s the player’s worst enemy (deniers: give it time) and it routinely showcases the worst of our culture.
Facebook also makes it very difficult to lie. There’s always a goddamn photo of me with some other girl or doing something I don’t want people to know I was doing. I don’t even have a facebook account anymore and I still have this problem! Fucking cameras.
I hate Facebook, makes me feel like a dumb, stupid sheep, I deleted my fake account ( I never wanted to put my personal details on something so blatantly useless and time-wasting)
*Old Post* i did the same deleted my facebook account, i’m convinced that facebook is for losers seeking some sort of validation.