1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Amusing Ourselves to Death - Something to Think About

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by -Jericho-, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. -Jericho-

    -Jericho- Jr. Executive VIP

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2010
    Messages:
    2,850
    Likes Received:
    1,706
    Location:
    Stalking My Ex-Wife
    • Thanks Thanks x 6
  2. santhej

    santhej Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    May 26, 2010
    Messages:
    595
    Likes Received:
    186
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Virtual Assistant Provider
    Location:
    Derby
    Home Page:
    WTF was that????
     
  3. Moosey

    Moosey Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2011
    Messages:
    1,042
    Likes Received:
    748
    I've read them both.
     
  4. zebrahat

    zebrahat Elite Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2008
    Messages:
    2,400
    Likes Received:
    2,924
    The real problem is, the public has been subjected to BOTH the carrot (Huxley), and the stick (Orwell). In order to be controlled, the public has been gulled by the infliction of pain either by our fear or hate of it, AND by trivializing our minds through love of pleasure.
     
  5. -Jericho-

    -Jericho- Jr. Executive VIP

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2010
    Messages:
    2,850
    Likes Received:
    1,706
    Location:
    Stalking My Ex-Wife
    Two alternative future scifi books from the past describing future events in their books.

    I thought it was worth pointing it out with all of the parallels of what's going on in the US right now. We're obsessed with entertainment while our government does what it wants.
     
  6. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2008
    Messages:
    2,209
    Likes Received:
    5,237
    Location:
    He who laughs last, laughs longest.
    Someone posted this not too long ago. Pretty cool comparison and makes a lot of sense. Though then again who knows...
     
  7. xtopzi

    xtopzi Regular Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2010
    Messages:
    293
    Likes Received:
    205
    The thing that happens all the time is that we trade in quality for convenience or security for convenience.

    What bothers me is that in order to use the services that I like, my privacy is being compromised and there is nothing I can do but fully trust my government (and that of other countries) to keep my data safe for eternity. I have to assume that their databases will never get hacked and that the people responsible will not use it irresponsibly. That's naive in my opinion.

    The irrelevant stream of information doesn't bother me that much because I decide what I watch, that's what's so great about the internet. One could say that it is harmful as people don't bother to inform themselves properly on a subject but rather just repeat what someone tweeted or some website wrote. But that's a commercially driven society for you, I have no problem with.
     
  8. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2008
    Messages:
    851
    Likes Received:
    3,265
    Occupation:
    Chair moistener.
    Location:
    Cyberspace