The Internet makes all other sources of information irrelevant. Newspapers are too slow and expensive. Libraries are archaic, also too expensive and slow. Bookstores are dying. Anyway they all provide way more information than we really need. We just need a piece here, a quote there, nothing like the sustained pieces of writing found in these places.
The only information we need is Fast and Free. Everyone is a writer. Everyone is a commodity and is forced to view commodities across the screen. News spreads faster than fire. News and information riddled with mistakes because it is Fast and Free and that is all that matters. Gross errors become truth or at least cast a shadow over the reality. We crave the attention of search engines.
I am leery of the calls to shut down the old-fashioned ways we find our information. Do this and humanity is fully controlled by governments, corporations, and well-organized groups.
The information they want you to have is all that you can get. Each Internet search is custom geared to you and what others want you to know. Those with the most money and power get out their message and obscure other messages.
I know people are being groomed to no longer be capable of reading sustained essays or pieces of literature. Who has the time? I guess Candy Crush does win out. All we want are bits and bytes of info, well reviewed by others to highlight what we think we want to know or what others want us to know.
Think about the danger an out-of-control reading person may pose to those that support the F’ers. Anonymous reading is a threat. If you buy a newspaper, no one tracks your eyes online. If you enter a library or bookstore and read a book that is not attached to online scrutiny, your brain is free. You may stumble outside the appropriate point-of-view geared for your consumption by others.
Of course still peruse the Internet. See what’s out there, some of it is very useful. But realize that it is highly manipulated. Think about what you are giving up when you give up control to your sources of news and information. Yes, I know it’s hard to examine vastly different points of view from your own. But it stretches your gray cells and keeps you free. Or is freedom also an archaic concept?
The library may become the last place to go wild.
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Tagged information, Internet, journalism, libraries, news, politics
You’re locked in a room with your greatest fear. Describe what’s in the room.
A devise/system that demands every person must record and distribute worldwide his/her greatest fear.
Ah, we now have everyone’s fears in our database, excellent.
An infinity spent in a waiting room with no books to read and no chance of interesting conversation. Or books exist within the room to read, but loud, annoying television/video programming keeps streaming into the room. The screen has neither volume control nor off button.
Layman books on physics litter a portion of my bookshelf. I’ve read some of them and do remember the butterfly effect. A butterfly in Africa flutters its wings and a hurricane develops near the Florida coast. The innocuous becomes the monumental.
If the delicate wing of a butterfly alters events so dramatically, what about windmills? While windmills create a more benign form of energy, they may also alter events on this planet.
Machines and humans live symbiotically. Separation may no longer be possible. Machines keep increasing farm yields to keep both the weak and strong alive. Computers run commerce, governments, medical, and artistic endeavors. Travel, the worldwide version we crave, requires machines that consume vast amounts of energy. Small-tech devices meld with our bodies.
Over 7 billion pairs of human eyelashes flutter today. Nature tries to cull our ranks with bacterias and viruses and we fight back.
The human/machine creatures root for a clean, healthy planet. To maintain both is irrational. At some point, something must be sacrificed.
An answer to the disproportionate war being waged by Israel against Hamas exists in Star Trek.
Specifically in the 47 -year-old episode called, “A Taste of Armageddon.”
The starship Enterprise carries a diplomat on a mission to a couple of planets, Eminar VII and Vendikar. The entire crew of the ship stumbles into a kill zone near the planets and is declared dead by a computer that carries on a war-simulation program. Everyone on the Enterprise is told that they must begin to enter a “termination booth” that will promptly vaporize them.
This computer-generated war has been waged for over 500 years. Machines indiscriminately select citizens from the two planets, and the rules of war mandate that they must enter the termination booth and die.
Buildings still stand, infrastructure remains intact, blood and body parts don’t litter the ground. If anyone tries to stop the demands of the computer program, real war must start up again.
The computers end up being destroyed at the end of “A Taste of Armageddon,” and the two warring planets decide to negotiate a peace instead of deal with a truly bloody, messy war.
Today the United Nations Human Rights Council believes that Israel’s response to Hamas weaponry should be more proportional. This old Star Trek episode provides a good model for a more proportionate mideast war. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, could even program computers to kill an equal number of people on each side of the war.
This civilized form of warfare is only fair. Navi, switch on your TV, Star Trek holds a sensible answer to your complaint. Or else it opens up a whole new world of absurd. Take your pick.
Posted in computer, current events, politics, science fiction, television, Uncategorized, war
Tagged Gaza, Hamas, Israel, Navi Pillay, Star Trek, United Nations