Liberty In Exile Book Club
The new book being added to the Liberty In Exile book club is about the effects of cell phone use, and the efforts by telecommunications to hide the concerns, especially when it comes to brain tumors and other health concerns:
I was made aware of such novel after an interview with its author, Derva Davis, on a CBC news report:
As has been covered on the show multiple times, many health concerns are being raised by significant scientific sources and are often stifled by the mainstream industrial and political whims of elites who wield power in popular society. This has allowed such claims to be often refuted by controlled organizations such as the National Cancer Institute or American Medical Association.
Here are certain scholarly papers, studies and articles which describe the link between brain tumors, cell phones and industry that consistently show how much this has been downplayed by mainstream society, for the profit of a few:
International Agency for Cancer Research–>Interphone Study
American Journal of Epidemiology–>Long-Term Mobile Phone Use and Brain Tumor Risk
TIME Magazine–>Health: A Cancer Muckraker Takes on Cell Phones
Globe and Mail–>Heavy use of cell phones may increase tumour risk: study
A perfect parallel drawn in the interview, as well as in certain studies, is that with the tobacco industry of the last 50 years. ‘Big Tobacco’, as has been often called, has been brought into litigation by many individual users of their products and cetain consumer groups to make the case in point that use of these products is entirely harmful and the industry itself plays down the concerns. Detrimental effects of tobacco use were faded out and brushed over by industrial elites who controlled the media, advertising, and popular opinion of the time.
An example of this is perfectly dramatized in AMC’s Mad Men, now in its fourth season, and now famous for its portrayal of the heavily-smoking society of the 1960s:
A point brought up in pilot episode of Mad Men (and carried throughout) is the advertising reaction to a report in Reader’s Digest, which suggests that cigarette smoking will eventually lead to health issues, such as lung cancer. This causes much panic for Sterling Cooper’s number one client, Lucky Strike, who then calls on the expertise of Don Draper and his creative staff to dispel the story by offering counter-evidence and quelling the report as a whole, as to make it have less of an impact.
Nick Naylor, the lobbyist for Big Tobacco, eventually concedes to the dangers of tobacco (after a rising action narrative of mishaps) and turns his attention toward a new cause in the end of the story: the link between cell phone use and brain tumors.
This novel and movie, in dramatic style, depicts the similar situation that has ordinary consumers of products pitted against huge corporate interests over the health concerns of the goods in question, whether it be tobacco or cell phones. ___________________________________________________________
Much like Nick Naylor himself, a paradigm shift must occur in the minds of the consumer populace in order for these concerns to be legitimatized and addressed directly by the industry in order to enact change.
The overreaching point, therefore, is to spread the knowledge of the effects of heavy cell phone use on a developing human beings, eventually making well-known the findings of various studies and research projects that have been pejoratively set aside by those in power.
This topic and more shall be discussed, at length, on Liberty In Exile on CJLO 1690AM this Friday at 10am, hosted by Yaël Ossowski. Tune in for the latest insights and analysis, set to enact the paradigm shift that will occur in society.