Parlor Talk: Dangers of the Ascendant Technocracy

Glen Carrie

Glen Carrie

In the reign of saccharine lies and circus-show politics that endear many to a narrative that is beset by widespread balkanization created by mediagenic henchmen, the immediate dangers that threaten us the most are often overlooked. One of the most pressing issues of our time is the burgeoning technocracy attempting to become a plenipotentiary force capable of rigging elections all around the globe through social engineering and ostracizing the few conspicuous champions of liberty. Recently, it has come to light that Facebook is guilty of transcribing private conversations on Facebook Messenger, which is a clear abuse of power that shows just how little respect the organization has for the privacy rights of its inhabitants. Mark Zuckerberg, while admirable for his stated altruistic intent to donate such a huge sum of his net worth to charities, has been recently dubbed by some technophobes as “the most dangerous man on the planet.” The claims that support this include the idea that companies like Facebook focus their energies on the powerful people and the fringes who are considered dangerous ideologues while glossing over the bulk of the population. Simultaneously, they have the sway over underserved people by curating content manufactured to elicit the insidious cathexis with artifacts of fake news, or worse, the duplicity of opinionated counterfeit troves of misdirection. People foolish enough to rely on devices like Alexa should reckon with the fact that this device perennially listens in on every private conversation you have within its vicinity and among the people blacklisted because of their celebrity, influence or political ideology, this dangerous implement can wreck you goals to remain independent with protected latitude. Of the most exigent concern is the USA Freedom Act, which is essentially legislation that would expand the Patriot Act to enable government agencies and select corporations to have free reign to spy over all forms of communication including eavesdropped phone calls forever. This bill has bipartisan support, but it is a demarche that truckles under the tyranny of its design and quite clearly an unheralded power grab that doesn’t necessarily keep us any safer from the craven miscreants that perpetrate mass shootings.

Although the salient growth of technology often elates the people concerned with the optimization of human bionomics, its bedazzling spell over humanity is lapsing into skeptical inquiry about unspoken agendas. The jaunty new technologies that make our lives more convenient are just a veneer for a dastardly Trojan Horse of social media entrapment that might empower totalitarian moves in many countries. We should be very wary over the recent demarches of the collective panoply of big tech companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon because they threaten to create a permanently integrated grid of the Internet of Things that makes us collectively dependent on the internet and impotent against the ploys of megalomaniacal tech titans. I strongly speculate that the NSA has been outsourced to private corporations, especially Facebook and Google, and they use furtive gambits to toy with entire societies congregated around common sentiments while simultaneously expurgating the people who refuse to truckle to the narrative. The NSA is fattened by the cornucopia of information it receives from telecommunications providers and agencies like Google. This makes them capable of scrutinizing against political misfits and deciphering trade secrets of large corporations.

So, what should we do about the spectacle of embezzled and wretched enterprises that use subterfuge to steal elections and muzzle the voices of trenchant commentators everywhere if they lean in the wrong direction? It might be a difficulty to disentangle from the leviathan, but occasionally it might make sense to be less candid about vainglory on platforms that have perdurable repositories on everyone.  Another development aggravated by the ascendancy of social media is a recent upsurge in loneliness created by the clannish tendencies of people to remain visible but neglected. Although the brunt of this perplexing phenomenon cannot be attributed entirely to the technocracy, face-to-face interactions are obsolescent because of ubiquitous convenience. Appearances matter more than ever, and manipulative titans use casuistry to swoon an anti-intellectual movement against the outspoken vivacity of upstart individualism for the collectivist chatter of trollops of consumerism while lying about their militated influence over the troubled human condition. In the age of conceit, the adolescent personal fable never expires and the goal for many is to create outlandish content in order to gain a viewership while sacrificing their dignity on subpar kitsch creations of modernity that are on the decline. Social engineering is nearing an acme of success, but it is ultimately disreputable because the hidden agenda remains rebarbative.

Despite a relatively low profit stream, Facebook’s extremely high market cap is indicative over how much leverage the organization has. Because of this, it has decided to create technologies and new cryptocurrencies — much to avail the insuperable politics of the people that decide what circulates and what doesn’t. With the unprecedented power of select censorship, it becomes manifest the ulterior motives of these corporations are suspect. And because they are opaque, they are outright dangerous. Sadly, privacy is in the throes of death as the world cares more about voyeurism than the militant robbery of our freedom. We should remain vigilant to encroaching technocracy, which is essentially the ultimate Trojan Horse to dastardly schemes like Social Crediting in countries like China. While in the United States, however, it threatens to steal elections better than the purported Russians could have ever schemed of. We are at a tipping point because soon, we might witness the birth of biometrically tethered identities that provide extensive information that never lapses to the authorities. The erosion of constitutional protections threatens to make many people chattel and deprive them of their free association. In addition, Facebook is clearly violating The Fourth Amendment, but no one says a word against them because they are well-guarded by the estates of secretive and formidable people who hoard information and stand to gain millions of dollars from venal swaps behind the curtain.

We have to be attentive to the attrition of culture caused by convenience and wary of entrusting so much power in the technocracy, but the unwitting efforts of the pedestrian consensus on conduct lead me to believe the technocracy will only become more powerful and preferential. We are tested with an unprecedented situation with the IOT that might make it easier for AI to decode reality but simultaneously being tracked everywhere you go by Google seems like an abuse of power. Nevertheless, most people won’t stand up to big tech because they tremble in the face of trepidation and ultimately truckle with acquiescence rather than convoke a movement to regulate big tech before its tentacle envelopes every facet of our lives. We might have already passed the point of no return, but there are ways you can prevent the artifice of convenience from endangering your sacrosanct statures as free people with supposedly inalienable rights. We face unprecedented exposure to the villainous schemes of misprision without being alerted of the ulterior skullduggery that silently subverts many societies into a consensual bondage, and this should repulse the modern generations keen to the prodromes of sabotage. It is unlikely you will see much resistance in the form of public protest, while other subsidiary issues are more incendiary, and many people just can’t find the zest to market an appeal for regulations against these titanic juggernauts which have the power to swing entire generations into defenders of spurious social constructs rather than defenders of true liberty. We can only hope that fate abides by the dictates of clemency and that these corporations have more of a conscience than many fear they lack.