Not to go all activist on you or anything…

Actually, sod it, I’ll talk about that when I know more. But I’m keeping my AOL ad ranting. Sorry about the edits, guys.

(UK centric rant ahead), I’m sick of seeing that ‘SOME PEOPLE SAY THE INTERNET IS A BAD THING :O’ AOL ‘advert’ on the TV (What is it advertising, anyway? That AOL is safe because it doesn’t let you get at the whole big bad internet? Or that AOLers are really inteligent and we should stop using it as a negative stereotype? What?) And, the ‘George Orwell was RIGHT’ line annoys the hell out of me because uh, THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT THE INTERNET IN 1984! Surveilence != Internet. CCTV, phone tapping, PEOPLE all do that as well as the internet. 1984 is an overused example as it is (even if it is brilliant) so it would be nice if it could at least be used somewhere that’s appropriate. Hell, considering aside from the identity theft bit, it’s talking about people having complete freedom to do what they want (and of course this boils down to porn and selling babies on ebay, apparently.) surely citing a novel that centers around oppression and the surpression of the individual voice is not reeeeaaaaally that good a plan. “A Bad Thing™ is happening! QUICK, BREAK OUT THE 1984 REFERENCES! AS ALL BAD TECHNOLOGICAL THINGS ARE LIKE 1984!” Raaagh, shut up! Or at least stop using contradictory arguments and scare tactics.

Unless of course it’s saying Orwell was right because a powerful media will use scare tactics like the nasty things in the advert to surpress the public’s openings for free speach and discussion, but I think that’s probably giving them a bit too much credit (because I doubt the general public would pick up on something like that.) I mean, the ad did have a bit of a 2-minute hate feel about it.

I don’t know, it’s still annoying, and while it is a good discussion starter, I’m sure the gazzilion older, technophobic people who are still intimiated by this worldwide information exchange thing you’re reading this on will just get even more paranoid. Not that everything IS sweetness and light but it’s PEOPLE that do the horrible shit, not computers. Computers are just boxes and incapable of being malicious. I’m sick of hearing about the big bad Internet when really it’s just more imoral dicks finding new ways of screwing people over instead of frauding banks or hitting people with pipes. People were doing nasty shit long before the internet.

In summary people are doing silly things, yay for freedom of speech, I should be getting more sleep, and I’m going to shut up about them now.

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4 Responses to “Not to go all activist on you or anything…”

  1. c.rooney Says:

    Greatest 1984 reference ever:

    Jon Stewart discussing how the wire tapping without warrents makes George W like our benevolent Big Brother who just wants to watch out for us. The entire time Jon is watched by a giant eyeball on the video screen behind him.

    Why is it the best? Because everytime he turns around they switch the feed to a picture of a kitten.

  2. KT Says:

    Ahahaha, that’s ace :D

  3. Rachel Says:

    Okay, you got me with the illustrations. I had to come look at your deviantart page. I’m not sure how those work, so pardon me if this is a stupid question: are all the pictures on that page done by you?

    I don’t know much about art (only what I like and what I don’t), but they all looked very good to me. I’ve been looking for images I like for when I eventually DO need a website. Anime isn’t usually my style, but I wouldn’t mind something similar in feel to Nightwork. If you wouldn’t mind letting me know when you post new stuff, I’d love to come take a look.

  4. KT Says:

    Pretty much. Obvisouly the ones in the ‘favorites gallery’ are ones done by other people that I liked, but anything in My main gallery and My scraps gallery is done by me.

    I’ll give you a yell when I get new stuff, otherwise of course you could get a DA account (as they have lit sections as well as art) and put me on your watch, which would tell you when I’ve got new stuff.

    Hehe, if you want stuff for your site, I’m almost always up for commisions.

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