posted on Jan, 21 2014 @ 03:07 PM
reply to post by Serdgiam
Somehow, I hadnt even heard of that one! Thanks for the rec, I love dark comedy especially surrounding this stuff. Because, lets be honest with
ourselves, its ironic! Everyone blames everyone else for doing what everyone does. We blame a societal problem on people other than us, which also
shifts the control to those very same people. Many people I speak to still are not convinced that the government is spying on us (??), and even if
they believe it, they literally recap the buzzphrase "well, I am not doing anything wrong, so I have nothing to worry about."
You're welcome. I think you'll definitely get a dark chuckle from Visioneers. It's very dark and bitingly satirical. There's even a
"dangerous" counter culture that erupts that is portrayed just as satirically as the protagonist (your typical guy) is looking for shelter from it
all. Great movie.
I totally agree with what you're saying and see it as well. I've got a great quote from Maurice Halbwach that expresses that issue that you would
probably really like as far as buzzphrase/buzzword recappers go:
"We are unaware that we are but an echo. The whole art of the orator probably consists in his giving listeners the illusion that the convictions
and feelings he arouses within them have come not from him but from themselves, that he has only divined and lent his voice to what has been worked
out in their innermost consciousness." Maurice Halbwach, On Collective Memory
In a lot of ways, what Halbwach is saying is very true. In the case of "if you're not doing anything wrong...", most would respond to the idea of
being spied upon with the response "but I'm not doing anything wrong" (and perhaps some mild worry about pondering just what searches were recorded
lol). Hence the buzzphrase that was utilized in response. It does "divine" what the listener is feeling and answers/comforts that distress. "If
you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about." The effect is deliberate. Politicians, lobbyists and more actually pay skilled
writers to come up with this kind of thing as public opinion is pivotal in deciding which direction our country goes in. If you have an allergy to
buzzwords, it's a good thing.
I think that patents and regulation are done as market control. Just like everything else, they say its "for YOUR protection," but how many things
really are? I am much more of an open source kind of guy. You get more brilliant minds working on the same project, and you can overtake any
proprietary business within time.
Absolutely. I once was working within the oil industry and do you know who holds most of the patents on alternate fuels/energy sources? The oil
industry and funnily enough, even the usage of that term has been shifting from "oil industry" to "energy industry". It's all in the lingo. I
found out that little tidbit after asking a rep what their company (joint venture between Shell and Texaco) was going to do when peak oil hit about 20
years ago. His response was "oh don't worry...we've been buying up patents and research for decades so we'll still be in control of the market."
I wasn't comforted one bit by that response and it really disturbed me.
Market control is the name of the game out there from patents and research to mergers and acquisitions. The latter is why our corporate Goliaths keep
getting bigger and bigger. Interestingly enough, mergers and acquisitions tend to have a high rate of failure after they take place. I believe it
was only 10% of companies that had been subject to a m & a survive. That means 90% fail but that doesn't matter. Why? Because they eliminated the
market competition and ergo, maintained that market control. It's either eat it or squish it out there.
I do like open source as well because of the nature of it. Very hard to squish or eat something that is given freely and can't be bought.