Some people tell you advanced technology is good. Some say it is bad. I say it is neither. It is who is in charge of it and how they put it to use that makes it "good" or "bad" (I won't get into the argument by primitivists and others that any technology is bad because it helps destroy us and the Earth...well, not this second).
Anyway, right now you are reading this on a computer, maybe an ipad, iphone, maybe on facebook, who knows and right now as you read this warning someone, something, somewhere is probably busily grabbing up whatever information it can on you, trying to figure you out, maybe to sell you something, maybe to make sure you aren't a threat to the State.
The answer to this is not to do away with computers, the internet, and all that as they can also be freeing.
The truth is, I am not sure that short of the elimination of capitalism and the institution of a society run by working people, by the world's multitudes, and in a direct democratic way, with no Party deciding what is best for us, with no leaders dominating our lives, in a horizontal and not a vertical way, I am not sure that short of all that there is much we can do.
That's a problem, because we getting to that place is going to be made more difficult becasue of this THING we can't figure out how to deal with.
Maybe, at the present, the most we can do is beware and be careful, and realize that a lot more than Big Brother is watching, and listening...
We're hooked and we are not about to get unhooked.
Of course, while global capital loves technology it also creates real problems for capitalism and capitalists. They can't exactly control what is going on either. This shit cuts both ways. Our side can also use it against their side. Their methods of control have to adjust to our methods of "discontrol." We create a commons, they try to commodity it, we try to liberate it.
And on it goes.
PS: While I am not anti-techonlogy or industrialization, I absolutely do understand and believe that capitalist accumulation which also brings us this technology and industrialization also REALLY DOES EAT THE PLANET.
Here, too, the answer is to put a stop to the capitalist accumulation, to capitalism, to global capital. Nothing else will really be a first step toward saving the world. Maybe when we get that done, we can figure out where we are at and what we need to do next.
The trouble is time. There isn't much of it.
Jeez, enough of the pessimism and gloom.
The following article is from Red Pepper.