Saying No, I Don’t Want/Need That.

In Guy Debord’s “The Society of the Spectacle” he describes a world where reality has been replaced by the spectacle, a sort of Matrix like world.

When I was working at the Big Box I was appalled by all the children wandering around  oblivious to the world while utterly distracted by their hand held computer games.

Even though I used to walk a great deal as exercise when I live in San Francisco and Los Angeles I never owned a Walkman in any of its various incarnations or multitude of brands.  Some how having my ears plugged and filled with sound seemed like too much distraction from the real world.

I do own both a desk top and a lap top computer as well as a cell phone with a camera.  The manual says I could text with it but I have never come up with a reason as to why I should want to do that.  After all I have a computer with a nice big key board that I can send e-mail on. It has a camera…  Whoop de doo…  It takes crappy pictures although it also does video and could come in handy if I were to witness a cop murdering some one the way that pig murdered Oscar Grant.

IPods keep beckoning me with their come hither pitches as attractive as media hookers in their shiny colors with their glossy screens.  But again… Why?  Why would I want to reduce my awareness to the external world and whose interests does it serve for me to be oblivious to the aural world around me?  Or do those selling it see my time walking around as wasted unless I am consuming sounds I bought the rights to listen to?

Radio is free or satellite radio is subscription but offers more choice even though opting to listen to it means subjecting myself to a constant barrage of sophisticated and not so sophisticated pitches to buy more useless meaningless crap to fill up the void created by the horrors of the reality behind the spectacle.

Red pill or blue pill, awareness or oblivion?

What happens when one says no to buying into the constant deluge of propaganda aimed at creating desire for objects rather than authenticity?

We had a friend visit us recently and it seemed like she was totally hooked on her IPhone and IPad.  Like they were highly demanding infants  that she could not turn her attention from.  I actually see drivers stopped at intersections playing with their 3G/4G phones.  It frightens me that they are so unaware of their surroundings, so immersed in their gadgetry.

No wonder they are unaware of the march to fascism and corporate enslavement.  I sometime think they would put the chains on themselves in exchange for shiny objects beaming a constructed reality to them 24/7.

tonight I saw a truly repulsive ad for the Droid or one of the other phones I think perhaps for T-Mobile with this glazed looking model with all the humanity and inner life of a shop window manikin staring in ecstatic rapture at the screen of one of these electronic pacifiers that generate an artificial   reality of the spectacle.  Then there was one with a man in an oiffice down loading the latest insult to intellegence from Blockbuster Video so he could stay all night at his office watching it.

Doesn’t he have a life.  Shooting heroin or getting plastered in some dive bar would be less soul killing.  Doesn’t he have a home, a place to go with a large sreen TV he purchased on credit so recently that he is still paying it off?

All these questions pass through my mind.  Perhaps because so long ago I took the red pill in the form of LSD and stepped outside the spectacle.  Perhaps the magic question is: Why?  Why do I want that? Why would I do that?

For what purpose?  Why must I always be feed a manufactured reality?  Am I so stupid as to not know what is going on without constant external stimulus?  I think therefore I am dangerous.  Perhaps the answer is that without a constant distraction people might start seeing through the bullshit.

What happens if we start to question why we should constantly slave only to consume toys of dubious value?

3 Responses to “Saying No, I Don’t Want/Need That.”

  1. Andrea B Says:

    Yup, I am looking at software for those devices.

    Ipad can actually be used as a music synthesizer.

    Everyone wants and like the constant distraction. The issue is why do they want the distraction.

    • Suzan Says:

      I have a guitar I can actually use as a guitar and a banjo I built.

      Why does everyone need the distraction? Because the puppet masters program them.

      Monkey brain works like this, “See shiny object, want shiny object.” Especially if one is subjected to a constant barrage of advertising telling us how desirable shiny object that subjects us to yet more advertising is.

      But then I’ve resisted the pull of Apple from the first and like a hundred other bands better than the Beatles.

  2. tinagrrl Says:

    My life has been filled with many of the “shiny objects” for years. I have usually had a decent audio system. Even though I was a “late adopter” of CD technology, I was often an “early adopter” when it came to TV, DVD, computers, etc.

    I’m not in “love” with Apple — I tend to see it as classist, as a way to separate from the “common” PC folks. I do not own an iPhone, or an iPad, or even a Kindle (even though that may change some day — Kindle for PC is free, and not bad — though I still prefer to hold a BOOK.

    I will never be a real Texan — because I do not drive a car or truck with a phone attached to my ear. I do not peer at some device when I’m out to dinner. I see no sense in ignoring folks around me while involved in some mindless video game.

    I do watch sports on TV. Usually baseball, occasionally football (both American and soccer football — which I played as a young person).

    As far as “The News” goes — I’m beginning to think most of the reporting is rather biased. It’s controlled. It’s repetitive. After you have lived for a while, you begin to see how most of it is CRAP.

    I do not want to buy the latest, the newest, the ………………. whatever anymore.

    Now, We did buy something very useful, very neat — even though overpriced — recently. We got a very nice saucepan, with a cover that doubles as an omelet pan by Le Creuset. It was at an outlet shop, with deep discounts — makes great omlets.

    I guess I’m going back to low tech in my old age.


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