“HAS TECHNOLOGY MADE YOU HAPPIER?–IN EUGENE, OREGON”

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http://Smiley pixeled by SmileydesignI was watching TV the other night; Heck, there’s http://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesignnothing else to do here at night anyhow!   http://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesign

I thought I had seen all of the movies of Bruce Willis; you know the guy who used to be married to Demi Moore. But this movie came on called “surrogates”, and it was science fiction about the future.

Bruce Willis was the detective and cop, and in this future, everybody stayed home in bed, and lived through a very sensitive robot surrogate, went out into the world, and worked, and played and experienced everything.      http://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesign

And this was how everyone experienced the world; through a surrogate, robot, while they stayed at home completely safe, in bed, connected to it.Bruce Willis himself, hadn’t seen his own wife for years.he and she were middle-aged, but their surrogates were young attractive and perfect. So the only spouse he ever saw, was a beautiful blonde young perfect one, running around, going to work.

at some point he says, “I have plenty of vacation time saved up, honey, let’s go to Hawaii!” And she says “hey that sounds wonderful, I’ll get all my bikinis and stuff packed!” But he said, “no, I don’t mean this surrogate of you, I mean the real you, that’s been stuffed away in your bedroom for years! I miss you I want to see you and be with you, the real you!”  http://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesign

And this surrogate looks at him calmly and beautifully, and says “you know that’s not possible. This is better. This is the best way to do it.” And she walks off to her job. Obviously, Bruce Willis is now in this marriage by himself. Alone, with the surrogate.

But what’s happening in his job is, people all over the city  are dying, through their surrogates.– Which is impossible! But for now,  when he goes to investigate a case of this death, the real person at home in bed has had his brain destroyed, and is bloody all over. Somehow he has been murdered, through his surrogate with some kind of weapon. And these murders keep happening all over the city, with no explanation.   http://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesign

I really advise you to watch this movie, it’s really a good science fiction movie, and I have no idea why it never became one of his most popular movies. It’s exceptionally good science fiction; and maybe that’s the problem.

It shows how in the future, we all stay at home in bed, hooked up to our sensitive, surrogate robot, who goes out and feels everything for us, does everything; love, work, and exist instead of us, in the real world.it’s very similar to what a lot of people are doing now with computers, desk tops, laptops, and little handheld computers. They tune into the computer, no matter where they are, and they remove themselves from reality.

So the only reality they get, is through their computer; their computer experience is everything, goes everywhere, talks to people, and works and plays FOR US.  http://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesign

We actually do now experience a lot of life through our electronic surrogate, instead of ourselves.I know I do. It’s safer than going out in the real world, and more exciting, faster, easier, and reality seems a lot nicer, through it, instead of the grim, gritty, cold, problematic, noisy and irritating real world.

All that smog; you can tune it out through the computer. You can tune out the “Forever Wars”; the crippled, non-functional, corrupt fed. govt.,the collapse of the economy, Eugene Govt. ,Lane Cou. govt. you can get angry on the comments page, of the Eugene register guard, and feel powerful, as if you could do something with your fellow protesters; when in reality, Mayor Kitty, the city Council, and the lame commissionaires are running the whole region right into the ground.         http://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesign

Being on the computer makes you feel like you could do something about your local world, when in reality the city of Eugene has cut all the bus routes, and still expects you to take public transportation, to get out of all the highway and freeway accidents, that go on here every single day.

Somehow being on the computer and writing nasty e-mail to them, makes you feel as if you have a voice in the world.you don’t have to actually go to the Mayor’s office in person, and stick a big fat bullet right through her – several times, with 38 special.

– And, to copy that wonderful San Francisco California, Mayor Molinari – murder – by – supervisor – Dan – white, (not to mention killing Harvey milk). And you don’t have to resort to “the Twinkie defense,” which in Oregon would probably be “the doughnut defense”or, “the pizza without any anchovies – defense”.

No, you do not have to commit multiple murders, you can just send a ferocious, hostile, nasty and firebreathing e-mail to them instead. Ha ha. Like they give a shit. They actually dump all their e-mails directly into the refuse, recycle, little icon on the desktop. They don’t even bother looking to see who it’s from.

So much for your power from technology.if you really feel that way, I would not give up my firearm so soon.still, technology and e-mails, and cell phones, and tiny handheld computers, and superduper science medical breakthroughs, and superduper computer run everything, makes you feel a lot bigger and a lot more powerful. Even though it doesn’t really make any difference at all.

So you could say, in this case technology has made you happier.it’s given you the illusion of power you didn’t have before. And  illusion, we know, is most of life. “It’s life’s illusions I recall/I really don’t know life at all.”

but let us further go on with this notion of abandoning your entire body to a surrogate, in a science fiction story, and how we can relate that to technology we have today. For example –

Do you know what a Dallek is? Maybe I spelled it wrong, “Daleck”, or “dalek”. If you have ever watched, or tried out “Dr. who” than you know what it is. And you likely know what the source of the daleks  are.;in one episode, Dr. who and his companions were able to look inside the mechanical robot of the dalek, and they found a very tiny little, disintegrating, morphed, little creature, that used to be a person controlling the whole dalek.   http://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesign

for whatever reason these creatures decided to hole up in the robots, and become the robots, they abandoned all outside contact, except for the robot itself. They became the robot.I believe the reason was because they destroyed environmentally, their own planet, so they had to protect their bodies completely from the poison.

the little thingy inside looked perverted and  warped. It just wasn’t a real creature anymore.

What I’m trying to say is, we have become like the movie “surrogate” with Bruce Willis, in that we live and experience the whole world, through our computers, or our little handheld Internet and computer gadgets. We call our  people through our cell phones and gab instead of actually talking to them.and our kids and teenagers TEXT instead of even hearing voices.

everyone now in this century, has the delusion that we are all wonderfully communicating, around the planet, around the nation, and to everybody, enhanced and wonderfully extended through all our Internet, cell phone, and electronic communication systems.

we actually can get around the world, and talk to people, anyhow, through the phone or the computer, just as if we were there.but no one likes to think that we are not really talking TO the real person, or are we experiencing the TRUE PLACE, or the TRUE experience.we are getting a very good, sensitive, COPY of the world.

 “it’s life’s  illusions I recall/I really don’t know life at all.”Sing it, baby!

so here I sit at home, writing to everyone and speaking to everyone, and I’m not really seeing you people. I am not hearing you, even with your comments, I am hearing very good COPIES of your comments. And you are getting a very good COPY of me speaking and writing to you.

So if you’re satisfied with getting very good COPIES OF LIFE, and you don’t aspire to anything more real, then congratulations, you have a whole bunch of SURROGATES to experience it for you.

it is true, that the invention of blogs, has enabled a lot of us who would not have a public position of writing out loud, where the public might see it, because we are in the majority of people who never get books published. We never speak out loud to real crowds; and we never are celebrated as real authors. We are not of the ELITE of the published world. And we probably never will be.

and it is true that all authors and writers, have always had to speak to people through their writing, one way or another, either books or letters or articles in the newspaper or magazines, and now through blogs. So I should say, technology has done me and other writers a good turn, by inventing the blog.

however, as far as EXPERIENCING the world and people, and the universe, and the real world, we have gone backwards. We are retreating into medieval times, hiding in our little cloistered monasteries or nunneries, staying away from the dangerous outer world, and keeping ourselves safe and removed.

Many of us  even work and do our job long distance, or through our computer. We don’t even have to go to the office.and we don’t have to see or experience other PEOPLE. Not individually, or in groups, or in work circumstances.

It’s kind of the same effect you get, going out in a car and driving everywhere, all alone secluded in your little metal tin can protection; nobody can see the real you or get a hold of you, and so you get the illusion you could go out with your car, and do anything you like on the road or freeway, and nobody can get you. And very often, they don’t, nor do the highway police.      http://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesign

but at some point you have to ask yourself: science is wonderful, and all that it has achieved. We can get well, we have medicine, we have wonderful medical science and all the conveniences and wonderful machine that we could ever worship.

However, how many of us have sat down and thought to ourselves “is all of this making me happy?”am I really so much happier than people in the 20th or 19th century, who didn’t have all of this and still thought a car with fins or a VW bus, was wonderful? And there couldn’t possibly be anything better than this?”

Are we a lot happier having computers, doing all our work on computers,, communicating through them, talking to people through them, buying things through them, and experiencing all of the world through them, instead of going outdoors, and doing it the ordinary old-fashioned way?

Is shopping in person really so much of a drag? Well, I can answer that; most of the time it is.the whole point of shopping is not usually to experience it, but to get the product you want and need. Ask me where I get my coffee and tea; I’ve never actually seen the place.

but back to our question; has technology made you happier, in all? Do you enjoy the world, your friends and lovers, and children and family, and the experience of your community, a lot more? Has it helped you to be more prosperous? Has it helped you to be more fulfilled?

or, has technology become like that famous phrase “the medium is the message/massage”? The transmitter and communicator it self has become the real experience, instead of the information that it is transmitting ? The people are not the whole point,is the whole point   of the e-mail, and the instant messenger, and cell phone it self, and the texting , become a love of texting? And the person you are texting to is completely forgotten?

this is a very tricky question; we cannot say that the new technology doesn’t put us in places, or classes, or any information, and contact, that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to have at all.

I would not be able to talk to my good friend in Michigan, as often, although we talk on the phone long distance (great technology) at a pretty good price, and I certainly can’t go in person to see her all the time.however, I definitely would like to see her in person; and the technology of the e-mail and the telephone, is actually a second rate experience of being with her. But, it’s all I can get.

so perhaps technology DOES give us contact we wouldn’t have otherwise, any information we would be able to get otherwise, and even shopping we wouldn’t be able to do otherwise. It has become a good second choice.  http://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesign    http://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesign

but we are talking about the huge tendency now, to become very dependent on technology communication, to a huge extent, that we have become so attached to our communication machines themselves.http://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesign

Of course you probably have noticed the guy driving the bus, the young guy, who has a wonderful fabulous handheld computer, and he’s fiddling with it offensively, getting exactly wonderful music out of it. He’s absolutely fascinated by it; he’s in love with it. And he’s now in another world, ignoring driving a bus.

just as all the drivers in cars are attached to their cell phones or computers, ignoring the highway traffic.ask the police department, or individual cops, or Highway Patrol, just how much of a distraction and dangerous instrument, the cell phone and handheld tiny computer has become, because drivers everywhere are now attached to them while driving;they just cannot let go of them at any time.

we ourselves have become integrated into the machinery of communicating, and computing, so much that we are no longer separate beings. We are often required to work on computers as jobs, in stead of doing other things. So we are also forced into mass communication and work on computers themselves, as the job in the work field.  http://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesign               http://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesign

and when the days over with, or even during work, we are often going to resort to personal communication with our friends or spouses, through the same communication lines to enjoy ourselves and socialize. Because of this wonderful technology, we can talk to our friend, during work, at our desk, ignoring the supervisor, and risking losing our job over it; just as the driver with the cell phone risks crashing his car, and gabbing at the same time.

and don’t even get me started about social interaction, and romance,and even tears and fighting and breakups, all through our little texting and cell phone, and little miniature computer devices.

When we dump our boyfriend or girlfriend, we become cowards, and we do it over the answering machine, or the e-mail, or what ever nonpersonal device we’ve got in hand.

I am going to break for a “personal service”., At this time, and I will continue on this subject, and continue to ask you the question “has technology made you happier?”, After I come back. And in the meantime, please mull on this question in all it many derivatives, and extensions everywhere into your life and society and family.

And you could also talk about the fact that your four or five-year-old boy, whose attached by the brain to his desktop, cannot stop mass game playing on the Internet, can’t even break for meals, and has become a severe strange behavior problem; a five-year-old addict, who is  a person in the  ” World of Warcraft,”and not really a little boy anymore.  http://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesignhttp://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesign

YOW, SICK!!(“has technology made you happier,? In Eugene Oregon,” will continue after this break). 🙂       http://Smiley pixeled by Smileydesign

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Eugene,Oregon,home of the U. of Oregon,is a dissolute,gay,hippie,broke, jobless, crime and drug-ridden courupt little no-account town, bulging with fleeing Californicators, who have pushed the natives out,done to Oregon what they did to cali; trashed it. the horrible grid-lock traffic, smog,bad freeways full of accidents have turned it into decayed Detroit.Everyone is broke, there are no jobs,it's left-wing extreme-fanatic crazy, and there are constant political conflicts.Oppression and stifiling city hall crooks fleece the citizens of taxes, it;s the Macon Georgia of the pacific northwest.Anyone who can, leaves.Landowners can't sell, they're stuck.Even the Nazi party would call it Hell.Willamette Valley has the worst pollen,smog,allergies, in the world.Nature and Man are out to get you here, welcome to Oregon!The trash-heap of the United States!

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  1. Holy Crap! Yeah this sums it all up. I feel like the screens are brainwashing the lot of us. Do you remember how technology would IMPROVE everyday life and make that easier? Well we still have the same crummy everyday life technology while everyone stares into screens, and is diverted. I do think the technology is an illusion, it is a diversion while the real world crumbles and grows more corrupt. I agree it has made everyone more cloistered, I think about how now they want to do away with shopping, we won’t even have the fun of going to a store and picking between things anymore and being out and about. It’s like they want us to live in a cage.

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