Technology: distracting, Disturbing, Deceiving and Deluding Ourselves to Death, by Jim Quinn

One way to tyrannize people is to distract them from what you’re doing. From Jim Quinn at theburningplatform.com:

“What Huxley teaches is that in the age of advanced technology, spiritual devastation is more likely to come from an enemy with a smiling face than from one whose countenance exudes suspicion and hate. In the Huxleyan prophecy, Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth.

When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility.”Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

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Something as mundane as using the restroom at work sometimes ends up triggering deeper thoughts about technology – its benefits, deficiencies and danger to our culture. I’ve been using the same restroom at work for the last twelve years. They remodeled the restroom a few years ago with the latest technology – automatic flushers, automatic soap dispensers, automatic spigots, and automatic towel dispenser. This technology is supposed to make things better, but from my perspective the technology just added complexity, glitches and unnecessary complications.

First off, these technological “improvements” did not eliminate any humans from the equation. The housekeepers responsible for the restrooms continued to be employed. Prior to the remodel they would fill a metal bin with individual paper towels and fill the soap dispenser with liquid soap. Now they have to insert a roll of paper towels in the electronic dispenser and a cartridge of soap in the electronic soap dispenser.

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One response to “Technology: distracting, Disturbing, Deceiving and Deluding Ourselves to Death, by Jim Quinn

  1. For some, yeah, a little of both.
    For some all the way to one of the extremes.
    Some ignore it totally, have no use of it.
    For others, it is a necessary resource.
    There are those who do not fall for the ruse and it teaches who the enemy is and what is going on behind the smoke and mirrors.
    And right now its looking like some people are getting nervous, they are showing signs of desperation, of frustration, making serious mistakes, things are not going the way they want, they have lost control of the message, and expected things are taking place. It is taking more energy and resources just to survive illegitimacy, and the harder the double down the worse they make of the mess they made already.
    And doubt. Out there doubts. Doubts here, doubts there, little doubts, running from one shadow of thoughts to another. Doubts whispering back and forth, little queries of doubt signaling quietly something aint right. Those little doubts are going to kill them.
    People are starting catch little whiff’s of Henry’s Rat.

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