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chumbucket - 2013-08-13

Not really sure we're living the "technology dream yet".

oh and "UN laws" hahaha

Old_Zircon - 2013-08-13

Eventually it was discovered
That God
Did not want us to be
All the same
This was
For the Governments of The World
As it seemed contrary
To the doctrine of
Portion Controlled Servings
Mankind must be made more uniformly
Was going to work
Various ways were sought
To bind us all together
But, alas SAMENESS was unenforceable
It was about this time
That someone
Came up with the idea of TOTAL CRIMINALIZATION
Based on the principle that
If we were ALL crooks
We could at last be uniform
To some degree
In the eyes of THE LAW
Shrewdly our legislators calculated
That most people were
Too lazy to perform a
So new laws were manufactured
Making it possible for anyone
To violate them any time of the day or night,
Once we had all broken some kind of law
We'd all be in the same big happy club
Right up there with the President,
The most exalted industrialists,
And the clerical big shots
Of all your favorite religions
Was the greatest idea of its time
And was vastly popular
Except with those people
Who didn't want to be crooks or outlaws,
So, of course, they had to be TRICKED INTO IT...
Which is one of the reasons why
Was eventually made

EvilHomer - 2013-08-13

Those lyrics are under copyright, Mister Zircon. They are the property of Universal Music Enterprises, not you. Your reproduction was made without permission, and your IP address has been turned over to the proper authorities.

Enjoy your day in court, Mister Zircon.

Old_Zircon - 2013-08-13

I think you mean Zappa Records.

EvilHomer - 2013-08-13

Maybe. Who the hell knows anymore?

EvilHomer - 2013-08-13

CRIMINALS. Criminals know. Because there's no reason you'd *want* to know, unless you were planning on doing something DANGEROUS with said information.

Please step up to this facial recognition scanner, Mister Zircon, this is going to be a long night for you.

EvilHomer - 2013-08-13

So a few weeks ago, my friend asked me why I wasn't using Google anymore, why was I searching on DuckDuckGo like some kind of weirdo. I start yammering on about Google's privacy policy, their track record in authoritarian countries, their attitude towards consumer rights. And he just looks at me like, the fuck? "Why would you care about privacy? Only criminals worry about that stuff, right?" That's what he said. That's actually what he said.

Anyway, this documentary is really depressing. My only complaint is that it doesn't adequately examine WHY we should be worried about the emerging panopticon (how many people have actually bothered to read Huxley or Foucault? Not me, I sprung for the fucking Cliffsnotes, thankyouverymuch). The filmmaker simply throws out a fucking huge flak cloud of worrying tidbits, and invites us to... well, to get scared out of our fuckalls, frankly, which is somewhat ironic seeing as, about halfway through the thing, he makes a big point of illustrating how fearmongering is one of the media's favorite weasel tactics. Damned if you do, damned if you don't, I guess... you either:
o buy the mainstream narrative, that we're all in danger from terrorists-Caminante-Gmork, and accept that we need to cede more power to those above us, so that our brave vanguard can save us from all those traffic light running, AK-toting pedophiles,
o or you don't buy the narrative, and you conclude that we're all in danger from the government-corporations-FOXNews, and there's absolutely nothing we can do about it because how the hell can we protect ourselves from that?
So in conclusion, fuck me, I'm going back to my pony show.

Also, those dorks from the Pirate Party are hella cool. I wish we had less Pot Party, and more Pirate Party dorks over here stateside.

memedumpster - 2013-08-13

As a consolation, remember that the government is a body of people who are scared absolutely shitless of not having a tyranny of personal privacy above and beyond what they deprive everyone else of. So, if you look at it like they are a person, the government would be the stupidest, most delusional, idiot in America when it comes to the illusion of privacy.

The stupidest, most delusional, idiot in America wont survive. It can't. We couldn't save it if we were Darth Vader and Sir Pentor teamed together with the help of Ayn Rand's magic spark plug.

Celestia would find American power delusions useless for her own ends, even if she were as evil as half of bronies say she is.

Worst. Empire. Ever.

EvilHomer - 2013-08-13

I'd actually be cool with a telescreen in my living room, monitoring my every action, just so long as it flings sarcastic quips at me in Comic Book Guy's voice.

memedumpster - 2013-08-14

If the voice couldn't criticize my morning exercise technique without gasping for breath after a few minutes, I would accept the police state.

WHO WANTS DESSERT - 2013-08-14

Using Duck Duck Go is like this decade's equivalent of ironing your mail.

Spaceman Africa - 2013-08-14

but muh freedoms

EvilHomer - 2013-08-14

It's not a freedom thing, so much as a privacy thing. And privacy is a legitimate concern, especially with a corporation like Google.

When I'm worried about the freedoms Google deprives me of - namely, the freedom to find as much porn as is humanly possible - I use either Bing, or Startpage.

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