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Gibson and the Movie

The movie today put the article we read into perspective really well.  Even if the movie is an extreme and just a minimalist perspective it seems to sum up, what some believe to be, our most likely future.

In the article we read for class Gibson seems to foresee a world where we cannot distinguish between virtual and real. Until today I couldn’t understand how that would be possible. We’ll always have something to connect us, a link. That being said we’ll always have a way to get away, disconnect the link. But in the movie we saw today it was not that simple.  It totally encompassed their lives and without the virtual there was no “real”.  People were needed to provide power and were enslaved to do so within the guise of freedom. Enslaved under the illusion that you are your account balance, your avatar. When in reality those people were nothing more than batteries.  It didn’t seem like anyone could just walk away.

In Gibson he begins talking about implants (be them chips or “goo”) which, to me, sound like the easiest measure of control. In the movie they talked about almost the same thing in the form of apps. Apps that can help you eat healthier by altering your thoughts or apps that help you dream better were mentioned. It seems like the illusion of comfort, or ease, or efficiency will be the way we’ll find ourselves under control. Things will just get “better and better”.

It seems to me that this future is possible. I cannot say likely or that I agree with the idea. I haven’t seen another possibility to compare. All of the movies, articles, etc I have come across picture us as batteries in the future. Endlessly powering the existing measures to keep us under control and doing so voluntarily in order to keep providing whatever “they” feel like we need to provide.

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Gyros

I left class and had an experience that made me think and from that I thought of what prof Goldberg said about inspiration which lead me to post.
I was at paradise palms and hoped that they would be serving gyros. They hadn’t had them all semester yet, but I thought i’d drop in and see. To my surprise they were there today! I hardly post on FB, but since we had been talking about it I thought i’d post a status update. “Gyros make me happy!” Before I had my gyro in hand I had 3 comments and 2 texts about how amazing gyros are. A text happened to come from an old friend I haven’t talked to in quite a while.
In class I seem to focus on the negative part of the impact of technology on our lives. But getting reunited with an old friend really made my day. We used to be almost brothers and have know each other since we were 13. We lost contact because of him joining the army, me the navy, and me moving, etc. This made me think how powerful of a tool FB could be. Really looking at it, it’s a tool that connects everyone. In a way it’s amazing, in a way it’s not. connecting everyone has many good and bad implications and we could discuss the moral and philosophical implications for years (and probably will) but for now I’m thankful for it. I thought I’d see if there had been more newsworthy reunifying stories having to do with FB and found a few. The best one I thought was this (http://www.thegrio.com/news/facebook-reunites-father-and-son-after-25-years.php). A father and son reunited.

Later that day:

Prof Goldberg brought up a good point over email.  Is this reconnection, happiness, and ability to share these feeling and emotions with the world instantaneously worth having the whole experience digitized? Everything I felt, said, expressed was done so via some sort of electronic means. they are all real interactions and encounters, but they are all also virtual. This interaction seems harmless: Great Gyro, *press post*, talk with friends. The ability to do this opens up so many doors, some people are living on Facebook sacrificing daily real physical interactions with other people for virtual ones. Is this ok? Who judges? I can’t say it’s not ok, who am I to say that?  I guess in all actuality we all decide by use. We keep using things like Facebook all the time they will continue to be prominent. I’m not saying any of this is not ok, I don’t even have any idea whether I think it’s ok or not. I guess in the end we decide whether it’s ok to live online, actions speak louder than words.

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