Have You Seen That Vigilante Man, On Facebook?
Have you seen that vigilante man? Ry Cooder sings. A familiar tale these days, most but not all hollywood movies feature themes of retribution, 'Death Wish' being a prime example. Oh my. In fiction, lets not forget, the protagonist is the partner and father of a murder and rape victim. Fed up with the lack of action on behalf of the law--action to mean not just arrest and the usual capital punishment, but an equal punishment--The Equaliser? Death in return for a death. An eye for an eye and all that which stems from premature judgement.
Facebook (The worlds greatest spying machine) seems to have spawned a new culture of local crime detectives and individuals who play judge, jury and executioner. "Look what this bastard did, lets lynch the fucker, shame him forever." A new kind of cyber-mob rule looks like a zombie face-stomp to me, with many frustrating signs of violent retribution and hate. We the people do not have to behave like our governments. Remember that 'convictions make convicts'.
The moral game of top trumps playing out regarding who killed the most people, or who suffered the most, or who really should be arrested and tried, seems a game for fools. Tried not by the court systems, but by citizens interested in bringing justice and equality to their fellow citizens and humanity as a whole, they claim. I would recommend looking at government representatives, lobbyists and corporate CEOs who many of the would be cyber-executioners seem happy to sing praise for, vote for, and invest piles of hard earned money in.
Although i am probably best described as left-liberal leaning, going as far as to label myself a mutualist anarchist on the weekend, this author understands that the process of criminal trials, and our system of courts hold a critical and potentially helpful alternative to lynch mobs, and ‘batman vigilante’ types, solving crimes alone without peer review, and administering due punishment, like most-but-not-all crime solving 'super heroes' of popular fiction. These are acts of retribution based on a singular point of view, and Newton's sleep. A trial includes at least 13 points of view, if you can temporarily forget about the odd stacked jury and biased (paid off) judge. We must strive for fairness and due process.
I hear you though, those angry voices, I know where your coming from. A lot of violent and cruel people have been caught and shamed and punished through the use of social networks, surveillance culture and digital informants. Many, i presume are indeed guilty of the hurtful acts they are shown to commit. Yet again, It's a double edged sword based upon the sensibility toward other media, pictures, news reports, video clips and social phenomena. I must stress CAUTION when making 100% identifications in the age of photoshop, Newscorp, Daily Mail readers, and global propaganda warfare in your palm.
I truly hope not to sound like I'm telling anybody what to think or not to think, no way. I write to inspire a deeper and closer scrutiny when joining in with a campaign to enact ANY kind of violent retribution, explicitly propagated.
The great British philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell once said words to the effect that 'the greatest invention of the 20th century has been the development of the human capacity for suspended judgement. "Have you seen that vigilante man, on facebook?"
Science Faction by Steve Fly Agaric
Author and Science Faction contributor Steve Fly Agaric offers an introduction to our website
Hi, thanks for stopping by Science Faction, enjoy the ride. All comments welcome.
The two sides of the popular two-valued term ‘fact and fiction’ illustrate the perils of total distinctions, placing the thinker at a disadvantage. Due in part to the either/or dualistic logic, and ignorance, of claiming statements and spacetime events as either ‘fact’, or its equal and opposite ‘fiction’. The tables of turned. In 2016 we might reap great reward from exploring the possibility that events and statements, can be both fact and fiction, all-at-once together.
Yet, beyond the murky swamp of semantical interpretations of Science Faction, we reach a generally recognised field of Science Fiction, described as a specific genre of literature and film, and ever increasingly what Mark Pesce called the ‘Future Present’, or J.G Ballard refers to as the science fiction of the next 10 minutes. If you take the reference point of one, two, or three decades back, and ask a question about information technology or biotechnology: is it current science or science fiction? You would get radically different perspectives..
Thirty years ago, or even twenty, an Apple 6 iPhone (and the software it runs) would probably have been classed science fiction by many scientists. The gap between major jumps in technological innovation, that transforms our apprehension of reality and the cosmos, seem to be getting shorter when i look around the info-highways today. The singularity remains a mystery to me. Like a paradigm shift, words fail me.
Advances in genomics and neuropharmacology, combined with revelations in astro-physics, cosmology and particle physics greatly impacted current informed ideas of what comprises ‘Science Fact’ from ‘Science Fiction’. The philosophy of an observer created universe, or better yet a co-created multiverse, resonates with the emerging decentralised peer-to-peer philosophy of internet, and the term ‘Science Faction’. Branch outwards, let it rip.
Im directly inspired by futurist factor workers such as Buckminster Fuller, Bruce Sterling, Sun Ra, Cory Doctorow, Robert Anton Wilson, Philip K. Dick, R.U Sirius, William Gibson, Mark Pesce and James Joyce.
Science Faction will be a new outlet for multimedia exhibits to stimulate thinking. With luck it will balance optimistic utopias with the equally important dystopias. We raise another duality here, and preserve the role science fiction plays in structured commentary on the human condition, modern culture through both inner and outer space.
Will computers and robots bring about the end of humanity as we now know it? Or will humanity adapt and rejig itself to survive the ecological, economic and social challenges ahead? Most thinking people favour the later scenario, a utopia of abundance, loving kindness and peace. Perhaps the inadequate means by which we communicate holds a key to moving forwards? i hope a remedy can come from this kind of semantical transformation, bought about by a willed change on behalf of the human operating system: To update and upgrade your own operating system from a primitive model, to a relativistic 21st century program. (See the life works of Alfred Korzybski and Robert Anton Wilson detailed manuals on strategies to save the planet, our axis-mundi and its care-takers.)
Science Faction features will avert simply sharing existing news items, and instead look for unique combinations of new news that stimulate further thought, and juxtapose the features of a critical ‘Science Faction’ together. We can write our own co-operating systems, envision our collective futures of natural abundance, compassion and shared wisdom. Humanity through technology and unhinged imagination at the edge of the singularity. Come on then.
"The future is already here, its just not evenly distributed.” - William Gibson, makes for a perfect description of a decentralised universe, while also addressing the ever increasing disparity between those few who maintain agency over most of the resources and money on earth, and the rest of us that are left to squabble over the remains. Sold austerity measures and pessimistic watered down bullshit by political liars and news hawks. The hyper-corporate 5 tentacled sea-monster of desire, or Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, seems like the fictional entity Palmer Eldritch, from the Philip K. Dick novel.
In the coming weeks, months, and years you will encounter multimedia items inspired by:
Space exploration - Elon Musk
Earth regeneration organic - Paul Staments, Buckminster Fuller
Social trends in terrestrial and extra-terrestrial - Tim Leary, Robert Wilson, M. McLuhan
Future literature - Mark Pesce, Neil Gaiman,
Trans-humanism - biotech implants, life extension - Philip K.Dick
Neuropharmacological futures - Philip K. Dick, R.U Sirius
Future of warfare - hacking - biowarfare - mind control - PKD, Bruce Sterling.
Future of politics - decentralized, localised. - Douglas Rushkoff, Mark Pesce.
New Human Rights - to be unpredictable, to break DRM - Cory Doctorow, Jacob Applebaum
Future Crimes - robbery, rape, violence - William Gibson, Alan Moore
Music Industry - Bruce Sterling
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