Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Anti-yoga

Ron Rosenbaum shares a common sentiment on today's yoga:

It all adds up to what a friend recently called the "hostile New Age takeover of yoga." "New Age" culture being those scented-candle shrines to self-worship, the love-oneself lit of The Secret, the "applied kinesiology"-type medical and metaphysical quackery used to support a vast array of alternative-this or alternative-that magical-thinking workshops and spa weekends. At its best, it's harmless mental self-massage. At its worst, it's the kind of thinking that blames cancer victims for their disease because they didn't "manifest" enough positive vibes.

2 Comments:

Blogger oceanwhale said...

Yet another 'harmless' New Age mental image: Brilliantly Boring by Oliver Burkeman

... I guess I am, myself, staring at the computer for too long... all the same, I hope you don't mind the comments...

4/04/2007 12:51 PM  
Blogger Scot said...

Nice article, I think the cheddar vision is my favorite.

"Cheddar Vision
Started January 2007.
Number of hits so far 803,414.

The story The new undisputed king of the boring webcam. Since going live 102 days ago, more than 800,000 people have logged on to watch a piece of West Country cheddar mature. Highlights have included someone putting a sticker on the piece of cheese, and the sticker almost falling off. If you go to the cheese's webcam site, you will find directions to YouTube, where you can see a time-lapse film of its first three months of life. The cheese, which also has its own MySpace site (where it has more than 500 friends) will be auctioned off for charity when it reaches full maturity.

How to find it: cheddarvision.tv/"


A piece of cheese with a MySpace site and 500 friends? Yep, our civilization is about done.

4/05/2007 2:34 PM  

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