The rewarded direction

An open letter to David Byrne, since he doesn’t have a public email address.

Hi David,

Your view of the kids who fake ADD seems a bit off to me. I see this as kids gaming a system that is biased towards linear thinkers. You seem like a fairly non-linear thinker yourself so I was surprised. Taking a little speed to better slog through some of the dull shit on high school curricula and “succeed” at the K-12 game — as long as they’re not abusing the amphetamines or selling them — seems like an inventive strategy for dealing with the system.

I don’t disagree with your Big Pharma analysis, though — the Ritalin marketing campaign was definitely part and parcel of the Foucaultian systems of bodily control we’ve got going on now.

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