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Slaves To The Machine

Slaves To The Machine

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Published by Ian Thorpe
Some say technology is the new magic and are willing to believe every new gadget launched improves beyond recognition the lives of those who own one. Others say we are becoming slaves to our machines and losing the ability to think for ourselves as well as our social lives and cultural bonds.
Some say technology is the new magic and are willing to believe every new gadget launched improves beyond recognition the lives of those who own one. Others say we are becoming slaves to our machines and losing the ability to think for ourselves as well as our social lives and cultural bonds.

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Published by: Ian Thorpe on Dec 20, 2012
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WARNING: You will encounter strong language in this article. Some people may say this indicates I am inarticulate. On the contrary; it is a delierate choice on my part to e!press the powerlessness" disen#ranchisement" alienation and #rustration #elt y many people in the language o# the loc$er room or  #actory #loor.
Slaves Of The Machine
 by Ian R Thorpe
Cartoon: Dave (Brother Bastion) Thorpe
A widely viewed and discussed BBC documentary series of 2010 was All Watched ver By !achines f "ovin# $race by Adam Curtis%In the first of three one hour episodes Curtis su##ests that man is not liberated by computers but actually enslaved% It is a premise that&s difficult to ar#ue a#ainst as I try to focus my thou#hts on the sub'ect in hand while bein# interrupted constantly by messa#es from win(in#)
 
wavin#) desperately needy animated characters that 'ostle for my attention so they can tell me how my life will be improved if I install *(ype) switch to online ban(in#) hand over control of my life to a hi#her power namely $oo#le or +aceboo() si#n up to receive re#ular updates) #ive my ban( details and password to the former finance minister of the ,i#erian #overnment and all the rest of the bullshit% +rom time to time I am interrupted by I! and e mail alerts) mostly tellin# me that I will have a better web e-perience if I install s(ype) switch to internet ban(in#) hand over control of my life to a hi#her power namely $oo#le or +aceboo( or by way of a chan#e) #et a really enormous penis .I still #et mails invitin# me to #et really enormous breasts thou#h I never understood why anybody would thin( a si-ty/plus male mi#ht need any (ind of  breasts%All the thou#hts and emotions I communicate online are typed into a computer)  pin#ed across to other computers) and updated on a website) where a comment bo- allows every cupid stunt in the world or at least the cyberspace dimension to &share& with me their opinion of what a completely worthless and unpleasant person I am% !y self esteem is measured by a lea#ue table of how many people clic(ed the &li(e&  button on each item I post% This is fine) it is 'ust a modern way of communicatin#% But what about when the computers store details of all my activities and start to su##est pa#es I mi#ht en'oy) people I mi#ht li(e to contact or thin#s I mi#ht li(e to  buy% armless enou#h but irritatin# to those of us who li(e to thin( for ourselves% Ta(e it a step further however and we #et into a different arena% When search en#ine operators start to tar#et me for advertisin# matter related to my recent activities and to filter the results of my searches based on what I have loo(ed at in the past .and of course how much revenue a clic( on that site will brin# the search en#ine operator thou#h that is never mentioned it starts to #et a bit sinister% And it #ets very sinister when) without my a#reement) details of my online activities are broadcast to everybody in my contacts folder and anyone else who fancies snoopin# around my  personal profiles%espite all this many webheads and science nerds were outra#ed that Curtis could su##est computers are becomin# the bosses of us rather than our tools%
 
I post content on the web) mostly in te-t) people can read it or not as they choose) I do not add people to &friend& lists when a software en#ine su##ested I mi#ht li(e to lin( up with them because I heed the site&s warnin# that we should only lin( up with people we 3(now3% I will not download an &app& because it is on the latest &(ool& chec(list delivered to my des(top by a search en#ine% And anyone who wants to tell me what I may may not post accordin# to their political pre'udices can fuc( the fuc(in# fuc( off% In fact they can fuc( the fuc(in# fuc( ri#ht off% I simply don&t care% What perhaps sums up the internet better than any of the pseudo / intellectual articles written by self styled e-perts on the psycholo#y of social networ(in# is that the more I #o out of my way to piss people off) the more pa#e views I #et .with a hi#h proportion of those viewers clic(in# throu#h to other pa#es on my site% And  because I do not allow comments on my wor() bein# unable to see any benefit in #ivin# a platform to people who want to ma(e free speech ille#al and only permit opinions that concur with their own political positions I find a lot of opponents will write articles or blo# items denouncin# me as a mi-ture of fascist dictator and 4nochian demon and lin(in# to my article as an invitation for their visitors to see for themselves how evil I am% Cupid *tunts .h5t Reverend *pooner) for all their claimed techno savvy the lin(s these people #ive me only boost my traffic%Chec( out the 6ueue outside you local Apple store for a new product launch sometime% bserve the deathly pallor of the pasty faced #ee(s who consider it a  privile#e to pay way over the odds for a #ad#et that duplicates functions of all the other #ad#ets they own but has a cutesy pie little lo#o of an apple with a bite ta(en out of it) simply for the warm) safe) comfortable feelin# they #et from belon#in# to the cult of Apple worshippers% Apple could be described as havin# made a reputation as #reat technical innovators by bein# masters of syllo#istic rebrandin#% The reasonin# #oes7 This is an !89 player with a picture of an Apple% Apples are #ood therefore this is a #ood !89 player% .The classic e-ample of a syllo#ism is7 8atience is a virtue) I am patiently waitin# for an opportunity to (ill my partner) therefore I am virtuous%

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