[ExI] The Metaverse Is Big Brother in Disguise

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 11 14:10:05 UTC 2021

There is nothing wrong with this, per se.  You can find things like it
every day of every year in recorded history.  It's a scaled-down version of
the end is near.

What is lacking is what to do about it.

bill w

On Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 6:00 AM BillK via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> The Metaverse Is Big Brother in Disguise: Freedom Meted Out by
> Technological Tyrants
> John Whitehead    Published Nov 9, 2021
> (Long Article)
> <
> https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/metaverse-big-brother-disguise-freedom-meted-out-john-whitehead
> >
> Quotes:
> “The term metaverse, like the term meritocracy, was coined in a sci fi
> dystopia novel written as cautionary tale. Then techies took
> metaverse, and technocrats took meritocracy, and enthusiastically
> adopted what was meant to inspire horror.”—Antonio García Martínez
> Welcome to the Matrix (i.e. the metaverse), where reality is virtual,
> freedom is only as free as one’s technological overlords allow, and
> artificial intelligence is slowly rendering humanity unnecessary,
> inferior and obsolete.
> Consider that in our present virtue-signaling world where fascism
> disguises itself as tolerance, the only way to enjoy even a semblance
> of freedom is by opting to voluntarily censor yourself, comply,
> conform and march in lockstep with whatever prevailing views dominate.
> Fail to do so—by daring to espouse “dangerous” ideas or support
> unpopular political movements—and you will find yourself shut out of
> commerce, employment, and society: Facebook will ban you, Twitter will
> shut you down, Instagram will de-platform you, and your employer will
> issue ultimatums that force you to choose between your so-called
> freedoms and economic survival.
> This is exactly how Corporate America plans to groom us for a world in
> which “we the people” are unthinking, unresistant, slavishly obedient
> automatons in bondage to a Deep State policed by computer algorithms.
> Science fiction has become fact.
> Look around you. Everywhere you turn, people are so addicted to their
> internet-connected screen devices—smart phones, tablets, computers,
> televisions—that they can go for hours at a time submerged in a
> virtual world where human interaction is filtered through the medium
> of technology.
> This is not freedom.
> -----------------
> This long polemic covers a lot of ground. Some of it seems to me to be
> rather exaggerated. Then I rethink, 'Maybe it is just a few years
> early'. It is the direction of these developments that is significant.
> The worry is that the more extreme fears might become our new reality.
> BillK
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