Archive for the ‘Rant’ Category

Not to go all activist on you or anything…

January 9, 2006

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.



July 18, 2005

After being stuck for over a week again on this daft hacking sequence thing, having only had 5 hours of rather lack lustre sleep and having had to jump out of bed and get dressed in seconds because of doors being delivered and certain parents forgetting their phone so they can wake me in advance, I actually got some stuff written.

And then the program crashed and I lost it. Hoo fucking ray.

So off to see if I can actually remember any of it. >_