Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Technocratic Conditioning by Electronic Leash


ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US

Dispatch from the Palm-Zombie Apocalypse

Everywhere I look outside my home I see people busy on their high tech devices, while driving, while walking, while shopping, while in groups of friends, while in restaurants, while waiting in doctor offices and hospitals, while sitting in toilets – everywhere. While connected electronically, they are inattentive to and disconnected in physical reality.

Pavlov conditioned his dogs to respond unconsciously to his stimulus.

Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg et al, have taken Pavlov's experiment with canines, and applied the bell conditioning principle to mass marketed and mass produced, hand-held technological gadgetry, plugging humanity perpetually into teh interwebz.

Devious geniuses, these technocratic slavers.

They are the transumanist Borg that have assimilated WeTheSheeple into the Great Virtual Disconnection.

Researchers from the University of Glasgow found that half of the study participants reported checking their email once an hour, while some individuals check up to 30 to 40 times an hour. An AOL study revealed that 59 percent of PDA users check every single time an email arrives and 83 percent check email every day on vacation.”

A 2010 survey found that 61 percent of Americans (even higher among young people) say they are addicted to the Internet. Another survey reported that "addicted" was the word most commonly used by people to describe their relationship to technology. One study found that people had a harder time resisting the allure of social media than they did for sex, sleep, cigarettes, and alcohol.

A recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project found that 44 percent of cellphone owners had slept with their phone next to their bed. Worse, 67 percent had experienced “phantom rings,” checking their phone even when it was not ringing or vibrating.

 Take a moment and pause in the mad rush of hectic life as techno-gadget junky debt serfs in our Brave New World Order, and put down the iPad, turn off the iPhone, quit retweeing your tmblr pics and log off DeFacedBook. Take a moment of uninterrupted, electronic free contemplation, and really think about this:

Have you recently experienced "phantom rings?"

In other words, when the bell rings, do you drool?


I see people as trapped in a pathological relationship with time-sucking technology, where they serve technology more than technology serves them. I call this technology servitude. Richard Fernandez, an executive coach at Google acknowledged that “we can be swept away by our technologies.” Welcome to virtual living. To break the grand digital delusion people must consider how lives long ago could be terrific without all the technology regalia pushed today.

What is a healthy use of technology devices? That is the crucial question. Who is really in charge of my life? That is what people need to ask themselves if they are to have any chance of breaking up delusions about their use of technology. When they can live happily without using so much technology for a day or a week, then they can regain control and personal freedom and become the master of technology. Discover what there is to enjoy in life that is free of technology.

I can understand passing the time on your Mobile Affirmation Device, surfing teh interwebz while your doing things like standing in line for half of the day at the DMV or stuck riding on public transport with no companion to converse with...

...but how about in the middle of a concert, a play or movie at the cinema? A wedding...or funeral...during the ceremony or service? Or how about in the midst of a gathering or party of close family and friends? At the extended family, Christmas dinner table?Or mid-sentence in a personal, face-to-face conversation of some important matter?

As to globalization of technology servitude: Is this worldwide progress what is best for humanity? Is downloaded global dehumanization being sucked up?

Technology is supposed to enhance our lives...not take it over.

More importantly, realize we are being infiltrated, recorded, data warehoused, tagged, flagged and surveilled like no other society in human history. The technocratic tyranny is here, and the hand held gadgetry is one of their most effective tools in achieving their colonization of our mind, body and spirit.. Think about whether or not you use technology more than it uses you.

I can honestly say that as much as I fight it and rail against it, I'm an addict like anyone else. I recently attended a funeral, and found myself checking my pocket for the phantom vibrations of my phone in silent mode, despite deliberately leaving it in the car to avoid the potential distractions during a serious and personally grievous occasion. In the midst of mourning, the conditioned response reminds me I've taken off the electronic leash, and am mentally agitated by it. And I don't even have a "smart" phone.

All our base are belong to them.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

"we are being infiltrated, recorded, data warehoused, tagged, flagged and surveilled like no other society in human history."

Happily most of it will be read only by computer software, since the vast majority of online activity is utterly banal and of no interest to the authorities.

CrisisEraDynamo said...

Long-time reader, first-time commenter.

Technology is supposed to enhance are lives...not take it over.

That "are" should be "our."

I use my phone a lot as well, but in my defense, I use it less at gatherings and such, when because I want to actually interact with people.

YouSoWould said...

I noticed that between my computer at work, my smartphone, my desktop PC at home, my laptop and my tablet, I was spending almost 90% of my day staring at a screen, plugged into the internet in some way, scrambling to respond to the perpetual electronic cries for attention emanating from each of my devices.

I've since implemented "windows" during the day when I permit myself to indulge. On the way to work in the morning I read manosphere blogs, then the phone goes on silent until lunchtime, when I respond to any emails/facebook/calls that I've missed during the morning. It goes away again until my journey home (I'd try and talk to other passengers on the tube, but this is London).

In the evening, I permit myself until 9pm to browse, maybe write up a blog post, and then every screen in the house goes off and out comes my real, non-electronic book (currenly reading Nicholas Nickleby - great read).

I'm sleep so much better and generally feel much more calm since I started doing this. I'd recommend it.

Anonymous said...

@CrisisEraDynamo

No...Keoni spelled it right. He's making reference to a meme from the late 90's. Google that phrase, as written.

Vae Victus said...

The best example is when I see a young couple on a date...and they are both screwing around on their phones instead of talking or otherwise interacting with the person they are with.

*** ******** said...

i recently let the fact i was infatuated with a new girl have me checking my new phone on the regular. me who never even owned a smart phone until recently, put off texting as long as possible...it is insidious.

thewomanandthedragon said...

@ Vae Victus
I've seen that, too. I've also seen two of my daughters texting each other while sitting in the same room instead of just speaking to one another. It's almost like electronic communication is preferable to their generation than actual verbalizations.

Brian said...

I never go anywhere without leaving my phone at home. AT&T must think I never leave the house ;)

Keoni Galt said...

Technology is supposed to enhance are lives...not take it over.

lozlzolzol

Gotta love the free editing from the readership! Good catch, duly noted and updated.

Eric said...

Keoni:
I wonder how much of this is tied to functional illiteracy? The last time a reliable study was done on this subject, during the Reagan Administration, some 66% of Americans were defined as 'functionally illiterate'; that is, unable to read or write above a bare level of necessity.

The same study found that something like 2/3 of Americans did not read a book during the course of an entire year.

Most social networking or internet 'script' that I've come across is completely unintelligible. And we shouldn't forget that television---with its brain-dead programming and insipid advertising is part of this same problem.

BTW, I don't use my cellphone often but I have also experienced 'phantom rings.' Usually though it was another cellphone ringing in the room or some machinery noise that caused it. Is the phenomenon you're describing happening to people in dead silence?

Keoni Galt said...

For myself, no, never in dead silence. It always occurs when my mind is preoccupied with something else.

I also get it when I'm listening to music, and the same notes as my ring tone are played, I sometimes think the phone is ringing and I check it, but it's not.

3rdmilleniummen said...

This is an excellent article HL. I've been debating the effects of technology on us with a woman on my comment wall, who claims "I still don’t think technology changes us — it just changes what we can do." http://3rdmilleniummen.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/manosphere-technologys-effect-on-women/

I'll be directing her to this article because it so clearly shows why she's wrong.

Anonymous said...

Keoni Galt,
I was reading the December 2012 issue of Share International magazine (the magazine of the Masonic Antichrist Maitreya, here: www.share-international.org/magazine/old_issues/2012/2012-12.htm), and I just found in it stuff that shouldn't go unnoticed.

Here are some of those important stuff:
"Questions and Answers – a selection
(...)
Q. (1) What country does Maitreya spend most of his life in today? (2) Has he ever made a visit to Canada?

A. (1) He lives in London in the UK. (2) Yes.

Q. Would it be accurate to say that the emergence of Maitreya has entered a new phase?

A. Yes. It relates to the readiness of humanity for change.

Q. Would it be accurate to say that the world has entered a new phase?

A. Yes – the world has entered a new phase. The dark age of Kali Yuga is over. Our solar system is now beginning the Aquarian experience (lasting approximately 2,500 years). Aquarius’s energy is the energy of synthesis. This will bring humanity together into a unity completely different from the situation of today.
(...)
Q. The US election results had not all been counted when videos were circulated on the internet showing how one voter trying to vote for President Obama had his repeated attempts corrupted into a vote for Romney. How many states had instances of vote rigging?

A. Five.

Q. (1) Did vote tampering take place in the recent US presidential election? (2) If so, what would the real results have been – without vote tampering and other tricks, such as attempts by some Republican state leaders to suppress the number of people trying to vote?

A. (1) 6 per cent on the Republican side and 3 per cent on the Democrat side. (2) The difference in votes between Obama and Romney would have been still more in favour of President Obama. President Obama won anyway, but it would have been by a larger margin.

Q. Given the huge amounts of money spent on the US election by outside interest groups, mainly on the Republican side, could the generally positive election results for Democrat candidates be considered a victory of people power over the power of money?

A. Yes.

Q. What does the US election say, if anything, about the general state of consciousness of America and its receptivity to Maitreya’s priorities?

A. America as a whole, and that means all the black, Hispanic, etc, voters are fundamentally on the right side – the side that is more closely aligned with Maitreya’s priorities – and it is that side which will save America.

Q. On 29 October 2012 Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the east coast of the United States, causing death and much destruction. (1) Was this storm the result of (a) global warming (b) man’s destructive thought patterns and/or (c) karma? (2) If karma played a part, may I ask for what exactly?

A. (1) Yes, all three. (2) The USA is responsible for a quarter of the world’s pollution.
(...)

Q. I’ve just read your Master’s article ‘The coming transformation’ (SI, April 2012). It sounds wonderful, too good to hope for, although I am curious about one thing. Does the Master know if this transformation will include women (the other half of humanity, the universe, etc) Or will it just be a transformation that will occur specifically with men? Or is it just an oversight in wording due to the fact that the female role in our species is mostly regarded as so insignificant in and of itself, that it’s not really necessary to be dialectically inclusive in treatises such as this? Or do their lofty visions of “common divinity” really mean that we are, of course, all divine, some are just more divine than others?

A. From the Master’s point of view, every man, woman and child is divine. Moreover, the Masters have initiated the Women’s Liberation Movement."

Nestorius

Anonymous said...

And this is the strangest thing mentioned there:

"Q. There are many positive initiatives being launched around 21 December 2012. Some groups talk about the beginning of a new time and the coming in of the Christ consciousness. Do you think this is because people know intuitively what Maitreya and the Master Jesus have indicated in recent experiences reported in the ‘Letters to the Editor’ pages of Share International – i.e. that far from being the end, this a great new beginning for humanity?
A. The date 21 December 2012 is not so important in respect of change, but certain great changes are already taking place. Firstly, this is the end time of Kali Yuga, the Dark Age, and the beginning of Kalki, the Age of Light, and the coming of Kalki Avatar Who is Maitreya.
Thousands of people in Tahrir Square, in Cairo, in the last weeks of the revolution against Hosni Mubarak, experienced Maitreya Who appeared among the people as Kalki Avatar, the rider on the white horse. This was filmed by independent media and was seen by millions on YouTube. Kalki Avatar on the white horse travelled through the crowds fast and unhindered; He was probably unseen by the vast majority in the square, but was seen by millions of people who watched the film on the internet.
Since 1675 the energies of Aquarius have entered our solar system, while the energies of Pisces receded. Today this solar system is firmly in the Age of Aquarius and we are beginning our triumphal journey towards synthesis; the Age of Synthesis has begun. This will reflect though all our institutions as a growing unity, brotherhood, right relationship and peace."

So, the whole horse riders thing in Tahrir Square was inspired by the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.


Nestorius

Eric said...

Keoni:
The article seemed to imply that some of these people were hearing 'phantom rings' in the absence of background noise, &c. Those would be more like auditory hallucinations. There are some who've speculated that mind-control experiments could be engineered in this way.

Speaking of phantoms, it looks like one our mutual Manosphere mentors has closed up shop. It's too bad: the Manosphere needs all the help it can get right now! LOL