I wonder today if people are forgetting about charisma. The act of being charismatic is neither good nor bad, its how the specific person uses their charisma. Charisma in people seems to be waning while something very similar, marketing, has taken over in influencing our lives and marketing is almost always manipulative and therefore bad. Maybe hearing about new ideas or different ideas from a real person is better from the stand point of understanding and assimilating those ideas than having new products and fashions inserted into the social conciousness by slick television ads. Atleast if you're sold snake oil by a salesman, you can blame the salesman. If you're sold snake oil by a television set you have no one to blame but your own dumb self.

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