Individual sheltering is best served among crowds.
In the aftermath of WWII, as the metaphorical dust devoid of liberty settled on the future geopolitical line tracing the planned border of the Iron Curtain, an unsubstantiated calmness spread from the haggard overgrown farm fields covering shrapnel and human bones leaving the population vulnerable to propaganda. The abyss of wastelands separating towns and proximal tribalism encouraged isolation, which ultimately resulted in surrender, and not just another displacement for citizens, once the mechanized waves of Soviet tanks stampeded over the landscape and fragile sprouts of hope, like an unflappable herd of massive terraforming beasts. While the armored fortresses represented the glitz and terror muscle of forced ideology, the cultures and traditional hierarchies ultimately yielded to the subversive and psychological mind games prompted by weaponized groupthink spawned by the Communist party. Fast forward to the contemporary world, as an active campaign of subversive pretenses has been egregiously duplicated to fracture society, utilizing a more eloquent concise approach born in meticulous programming languages. Within the climate of extremes, the optimal location for a working laboratory researching societal engineering flourishes amidst strategically planned chaos.
With the laissez-faire fundamentals of social interaction completely destroyed and with the celebration of the individual disparaged, the floodgates of tyranny were opened to the evils of collectivism and reshuffling the borders of Europe, an unsettling trend being revisited 70 years later with every moment and chronological unit stolen by a smartphone, and brain cells reconfigured for coercion. Kill the gatherings and free exchange of ideas, and eliminate the will to flourish. The only pathway to salvation for residents under the iron clad rule of oligarchy, lay in adopting the mannerisms of the introvert, a small sacrifice for the sake of the collective, yet damming to the human race. Chillingly, due to the infiltration of revisionist history into classroom curriculum, the trials and tribulations endured by Stalin’s empire will be forever within the progressive restructuring of the education system.
Paralleling the means in which cyclical trends dominate popular culture every three or four decades, the re-gifted notion of incompatible and decrepit political and governing tactics blazes an inexplicable pathway on the information highway through institutions of higher learning and into the construct of revolutionary circles. While the unfortunate war torn PTSD citizens of Eastern Europe were inclined to radical changes after enduring the horrors of raw and violent military engagement and grave unmentionable inhumane actions meandering on a sociopathic turnstile so vile and causing Satan to blush, the turning point in the formation of dictatorships came not from an unwillingnessto fight and the impassioned and heavy Soviet presence. The interference derived from a prevailing culture of solitary existence forged from the trials and experiences of the arduous combat theater.
From that point on it was a smooth road mistrust and fear to ultimately spread throughout the population like a viral epidemic rousing suspicion, a weakness exploited by Moscow for nearly 40 years in creating perfect satellite states by simply employing a divide and conquer method to achieving ultimate power. The revolutionary lobby was drawn out and exterminated, and the majority of the once proud peoples withdrew deep within their selves, choosing safety through a jaded dreamland of indifference. Robot culture resulted, as people suppressed emotions and opinions, fearful that a family member or neighbor could be a party informant, the environment of mistrust superseding the pages of the dystopian words of Orwell.
Echoing the aforementioned characterizations illustrating the constant recycling of concepts and thoughts, the world has once again bred a large proportion of the population conducive to isolation, rather than social interaction, and the tech industry is well aware of the plausible sociological and economic ramifications. In the absence of a violent and overzealous totalitarian regime, obedience is not forced through militant actions and terror, but through information and stimuli overloading the mind. The prevalence of Covid-19 and the relentless media coverage, has forged the perfect smokescreen and firestorm for indoctrination, and the continued presence of political posturing, leaving corporate interests with an opportunity to become intertwined with sociobiological intricacies.
Caught between the front lines of the information age war fighting for reason, the newer generations lack all the necessary components of fortitude and critical thinking skills to withstand the onslaught of automation attacking the direct nerve center of the survival instinct. As the human spirit is skillfully flayed from base existence, the tattered remains leaves a prone anemic mass oozing with the cytoplasmic complacency of a shoulder shrugging twitch of indignation mistaken for comprehensive aptitude. Within this abomination, effective communication is not a viable option.
Unlike the unenviable residents of the middle 20th century bracketed by two wars and facing the wrath of Marxist revisionism, the naïve consumer demographics infatuated by the private detective notepad dimensions of handheld smart device remain prisoners to the insidious craftsmanship of unbridled innovation pathologically compatible with the resounding impressionable mentality responsible for an intellectual massacre. It’s not always about the vapid message, but how the forgettable words are packed and marketed in appealing to the ethos of the masses. While the transgressions of the Communist party were blatant and responsible for the countless deaths of political adversaries, the furtive actions of the tech realm double dipping the ultimate two-sided nacho chip dripping in lucrative bias and disinformation rivals the severity of the idealistic demagogues. The nerds are on the verge of winning again, as things are literally changing shape.
While marketing 101 screams adding a gadget on top of another gadget to induce viral sales, the tech lobby is taking the basic marketing premise to another level. Curiously, Sony is the torchbearer in guerilla publicity campaigns towards the younger generations. The corporation is attempting to morph the icon of the smartphone into something more appealing to the emotions by designing and selling a robot companion that supposedly alleviates the unhealthy loneliness of deliberately marooning oneself in suburbia with a device and a power supply. The hoopla surrounds the PlayStation brand. Imagine a jittery and impatient OCD gamer parked on a couch and hooked into a smart TV and interfaced with three simultaneous multi-player games and flanked not by a human companion, but with something more artificially and ominously programmed and built that does not respond to basic voice commands. The Japanese organization’s attempt to humanize the pathetic modern existence of social anxiety is a far cry from the world’s first mass production capabilities of tape recorders supplementing the Dire Strait’s MTV generation of iconic music videos killing the radio star.
In adhering to the submissive concept of social distancing above and beyond the global quarantine, Sony plans to pitch an endearing form of AI technology that appeals to the visceral cravings of the individual, and marks another step in reducing real life to an outdated concept that cannot exist within the sleek digital walls of data fueling instant gratification. The company recently was granted a patent for the gaming enhancing couch bot, a project endorsed by the World Health Organization, in apparent response to the detrimental ramifications of the video game epidemic. The WHO launching of the #PlayApartTogether campaign coincides with the lingering pandemic, a sure bet train wreck of a conflict of interest stemming from a heavily criticized public group. This is the same UN ilk of a bureaucratic organization that announced over the weekend that the worst of the Coronavirus “is yet to come”, in a heedless statement adding more doubt to the legions of skeptics preparing for Armageddon.
The underwhelming collaboration by Sony and the WHO in an incredulously laughable campaign to fight electronic addiction, is simply window dressing to increase the intensity of augmented reality and check the boxes associated with a list of ulterior motives, that serve a particular agenda.
Separated by only one technological device from the pain and rigors of responsibility and obligation, teenagers may just have another layer of insurmountable fantasy between family, school, and responsibility. The ceaseless string of encouragements from the Me-robot, awarding verbal participation trophies at an alarming rate countering evolutionary progress is a cheerier existence than accomplishment through a series of failures. Like the disappearing middle ground everywhere, the set of results and circumstances relating directly to success and ineptitude is being eliminated by focusing on the ends and dumbing down life to the implacable absolutes of servitude. The resulting thrive or burn in hell scale of achievement perverts the basic goal-oriented system aligned with success.
The announcement of Sony’s vested interest in manufacturing the ultimate hardware gaming companion comes at a curious time, with the majority of the world’s population, at least in industrialized nations, experiencing some level of cabin fever. Preliminary designs for the video game buddy apparently built to alleviate loneliness, include a relatable mouthless creature which passes along verbal encouragements articulated through limbs attached to a fury body that may, or may not include boots on the feet. The ticker tape parade is already being planned as the vile social disorder caused by excessive video game playing is on the cusp of being solved by an agreeable robot and a dream.
This is not Sony’s first entry into the rodeo of decadently smart hardware. In 2019, the company released plans to design and build a self-driving vehicle catering to the gaming community, and offering the amenities of lightning speed connections, multiple consoles, and almost a complete lack of accountability towards roadway safety. To surmise that the company is catatonically tone deaf is an understatement on the level of extremists adroitly using the virus at specific times to delicately push a quaint narrative. While the latest android buddy project is disconcerting, considering the intoxicating side effects of perpetual online interaction, Sony simply exists of one of many participating firms within the tech hierarchy pushing for an increase in individual digital engagement, and lobbying for a globalist golden age with no borders.
As the rule of “don’t believe what you see or read on the internet”, has been brusquely replaced by “believe everything on your phone, and trust no one”, now is the time within the current virus crises for private ventures and political groups to cash in on the abundance of fear, isolation, and ambiguities in rewriting the definition of reality. The two way street the correlative feedback loop would fit the deft hand of Chinese government racketeering disguised as economic policy.
While a chinsy viral trend of video game AI’s may not seem like much, remember, the hulking and thunderstorm battalions of tanks drawing the Iron Curtain, were simply the brawny superficial syndicates of a successful battle won by nefariously crafted intricate mind games separating, isolating, and transforming the extroverts to ideological extinction.
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