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RSAnimate: Smile Or Die

In this tremendous episode of RSAnimate, Barbara Ehrenreich talks about the power of conformity. In particular she focuses on positivity and the sparkling new age of super-optimism that is sweeping the USA. She focuses on how optimism has turned from a go-getter attitude into an irrational, mandatory, often callous way of thinking, revealing the inhumanity in having people beam positive all the time. Her arguments don’t take into account how one’s perception and experiences shape the world, in fact they refute it, but they raise fascinating issues regarding how things go wrong when positivity is taken to the extreme.