On June 29, 2007 Steve Jobs and the Apple company released the very first iPhone. A fantastic combination of an iPod and cellular phone made headlines and captivated folks. It was what some technological geeks may consider a revolutionary step in our technological advancements. And as the twenty-first continued to progress, as social media platforms were birthed and rose to stardom, as much of the entire human world was joined together globally through the means of technology, we were connected in ways the former centuries may only have dreamed. And upon asking your average layman whether this is a social net positive or negative, how many would consider it a net positive?
Within the past two years alone America The Foolish has seen a similar thread of controversies arise from both celebrities to your average everyday American. The (in)famous cook Paula Deen and her ‘racist’ remarks and history, to Kevin Hart and his perceived ‘homophobic’ online remarks on social media, all the way to Ellen DeGeneres receiving backlash from critics due to defending Kevin Hart who herself is gay. This is but an absolutely minor chunk of the many stories and tall tale witch hunts which have taken place for a variety of social crimes.
Many times I’ve stumbled upon a quick video of some white person being blasted onto the digital sphere for offensive comments about non-whites as the holier-than-thou social justice mob attempts to sort him out by ridicule, doxing, etc. If it isn’t a social crime about race, then it’s about women or the LGBTQ crowd, or a religious group such as Muslims. And when it is a celebrity who is at fault for these social crimes, then they either apologize on social media or make the round about on several TV talk shows as they divulge remorse, sympathy and a renewed sense of respect for the set person or group offended.
This is not becoming the new norm. This is the norm. And, again, this can even affect everyday citizens who happen to lose their temper and flare off at the mouth while some degenerate whips out their iPhone to record a moment in time when someone wasn’t displaying the perfect, well-rounded image so many Americans (and much of the world) seem to expect from our neighbors and citizens. This has crafted a pathetic mode of digital self-righteousness where the onlookers are given a small piece of a set person’s life where they’re losing their cool, are then opted to criticize and judge and attempt to dox and expose, all the while garnering some sadistic pleasure of justice being done while, in truth, they are probably causing more harm than good. But because we are now allowed to replay a person’s brief moment (or even many moments) of lashing out in a bombastic fashion, utilizing cuss words or racial slurs or elsewise, we are now exposed to something no other century has been able to look upon so clearly, so precise: human nature.
Human nature, as often as it can be beautiful and heart-warming, is also more often disgusting, violent and reeks of immorality and greed. In the past, you could hear about it or read about it, but you couldn’t actually see it in live action. Now with most modern-day Westerners, we have smartphones which all have a video camera on them that can take to task anybody at almost anytime for slipping up and revealing that uglier side of human nature. In my ever humble view, I find this to be a sickness of the twenty-first century. Because it seems to lead quite clearly, from my observations over these few years alone, to dehumanizing people in such a way that we see only a mere depiction of a villain of fictional reaching that we completely gloss over the fact it is a real person with real emotions, real struggles, real authenticity and real compassion beyond the screen which one may judge so carelessly with no sense of social responsibility for how their actions can infest the person on digital trial with a burden of issues.
How many times have you (readers out there) been in public conversation about a topic which may be considered slightly controversial? Take gender norms and the traditional routes of the old-school Western family unit and the males role versus the females role. If one was to embrace that topic without the taboo of politically correct chat, then you may very likely say something someone deems offensive or misogynistic; especially if you reside in the Northern states where good old-fashion Southern schools of thought are considered outdated and useless washed-up piffle. And how many times, in conversations of similar divisiveness, have you lowered your tone ever slightly when hitting on specific points of truth or interest? So many times, as I walk amongst the public, and without even attempting to eavesdrop on other’s conversation, I can hear them lower their voice at certain points only to come back up again after they’ve conveyed whatever it is they wished remain between the parties in question. For whatever reason be, this is normal. Even if it’s always been this way the social threat is now greater due to that one imbecile who feels the sweeping desire to take out his phone and play judge, jury and executioner upon the one he deems guilty.
How far and how long will this cycle perpetuate itself? And how many future semi-sane folks will snap under such pressure and commit large acts of violence as a means to reject, protest and fight against this system of god-like tyranny where all our sins are monitored, exploited and laid bare without redemption? And, keep in mind, the mob is your judge, your jury and your executioners fueled by self-righteousness, social justice rage and a sense of secular moral guidance; as in, when one violates their Doctrine of Humanism or Doctrine of Global Equality, then that cast aside any form of religious moral guidance but one of a godless guidance. Consider the many bake-a-gay-cake controversies and the secular mob mentality and how they conducted themselves against those they deemed guilty. This trend of moral guidance is only paving a way toward totalitarianism under the disguise of peace, love and tolerance.
As of very recent, I have began to shed my atheism and embrace the belief in an all-powerful Divine. And in that, as such logic would have it, we are allcreated by the Divine and all which lies upon the earth and beyond space and time. To then entirely dehumanize the Divine’s creation seems to have a wickedness lurking behind it. In truth, I’ve fallen into these manners, but it is often directed toward those I deem harmful to my society at large or themselves engage in dehumanizing others. Balancing those reasonable fears without dehumanizing to such an extent is a challenge. It can cause quite an inner conflict.
One thing I can say is this: by witnessing the mob, along with pseudo-journalist and gossip columnist dehumanize, demoralize and demonize people, while writing hit-piece after hit-piece and doxing them as they engage in their holier-than-thou witch hunt, it has led me to realize the person I do not want to be. If I’m yet fully aware of who and how I want to be, I can at least thank my adversaries for showing me the man I do notwant to be.
A part of me is deeply torn to live in a time when we can, on a global scale thanks to our technological advancements, witness witch hunt after witch hunt, or are ridiculed and mocked and embarrassed to the point people take their own lives or are forced to hide out, or may lose the career they worked for their entire lives, all because of one single thing: a screen.
CONCLUSION: TECHNOLOGY HAS GONE FAR ENOUGH
Technological advancements are not slowing down. They are increasing. Already we have cellphones that can recognize your fingerprints, face recognition which can locate and identity any citizen at any place at any time, sex robots and other forms of AI that are being created to replace or diminish human-to-human interaction, social media continues to consume the population’s time and energy while finding new methods of hooking folks in and fueling their dopamine needs, increased hook-up apps and websites that allow for the indulgence of no-strings-attached sex which undermines traditional routes to healthy heterosexual relationships, marriage and stable family units while instead allowing easier access to whoredom, sexually transmitted diseases, and emotional and spiritual detachment from the opposite sex.
Each and every day there is some bourgeois millionaire actively pondering on how to increase our convenience and expand our world on a global scale without feeling in full effect the risk to society and social consequences of their actions. Whether it is technology that takes away the value of manual labor which is already under threat in America due to illegal workers, or whether it increases the need for companionship through robots or AI which decreases the motivation for men and women to seek human companionship instead which further puts at risk the entirety of the family unit, or whether it is a means to expose our personal lives and livestream our mistakes that we may be judged and ridiculed and harassed for merely being a flawed human being, technology has gone far enough. And, in my ever humble view, it is going to destroy us.
Does technology destroy us, or do we destroy it?