my classmate was sneering at marketing. it’s inherently a performative language of coercion and i acknowledged that with him. he had the air of perhaps thinking my way of approaching marketing (knowing that it’s coercive) was less good, morally. i compared it to emotional awareness or energy work, or the fact that we have to study some psychology even though it’s out of our scope to practice it. i choose to be informed and educated about these realms instead of falling into them blindly.
he responded with some statements about “consciously knowing when you’re manipulating people” nit being any better than doing so unknowingly. and i think i got it thru to him that we study psychology so that we know when we are approaching something that can do harm, and so more effectively avoid it. learning about harmful tactics so as to inform harm reduction. he managed to trash energy workers in the conversation to, accusing them of false logic. interesting dude.