Fear is the best medicine (of the system)

Hygiene phobias (of all scales and intensities) are a direct expression of fears related to ablebodiedness, youth and death. For a (measured!) century now, (eternal) youth and immortality have been the basic (if not the only) clichés of advertising; of the promotion of commodities. The conceptual material that they grind, their undertone. From the least significant to the most impressive, …

Emergency button

It has (or it say it has) 50 million users/customers worldwide. Perhaps they are not many. The online matchmaking app Tinder, and its owner, deserves to celebrate this accomplishment, establishing itself as an intermediary of human libidinal currents across the globe. And, of course, nothing is done for free: setting horniness aside, Tinder distributes the personal data of its users/costumers …

The company knows… What about the state?

The (official) data show that the chinese government has managed to control the spread of the infection and then (as a result) the deaths from the steadily “weak” covid-19. The new cases of infection in the chinese territory are significantly lower than other states with far smaller population, such as south korea or iran -or this is what announcements show. …

Besides, they constantly go off

Vermont is a peculiar state among the others of the u.s.a.. It is generally considered a progressive one (one of the presidential candidates for the DNC primary elections, Bernie Sanders, has been continually elected as u.s. Vermont senator since 2007). From time to time, in this state there is a minority but active movement for its secession from the u.s. …

Boiling Frogs

There is an urban legend, a variation of an older fairy tale, which explains how to boil a living frog. As the legend says, if you put a frog into a pot of hot water, it will immediately feel the heat and out of instinct will jump out and run away. But if you put it in lukewarm water, it …

Absolute evil; and the state as absolute good

The above image depicts the favorite incident of those who predict the danger posed by the 21st-century technological developments: a rather microscopic drone puts a bullet in a head… Who kills whom and why? The victim becomes known -but what about the perpetrator? Is it due to personal differences? Is that person a “maniac” -maybe from the other corner of …

Invisible writing

In the age of generalized surveillance of digital communications, there are always romantics (possibly representing themeselves as “experts”) who believe and propagate that the privacy of communications can be technically protected: through encryption. However, we know that various apps (like whatsup) that are offered as encrypted, are already broken by the state services. As long as one does the job; …

Impersonation

Alice Bergmann lives in Chemnitz, germany, and has a serious problem with islam. She must overcome an overwhelming shock, the murder of her sister Elizabeth a few years ago in a park in Berlin. Both killers were immigrants. “I have a lot of hatred inside me, a lot of anger, and I know that this trauma will be damned forever” …

Shanghai 2020

Drones. In Shanghai. The New Year’s spectacle (“New Year’s Eve” with the western calendar – not chinese…) was cute. With one difference: these hundreds of drones that make these flawless formations are not made to be displayed at celebrations and anniversaries. Swarm drones are weapons systems, programmed with “artificial intelligence” (that is, with possibilities of constant “communication”) that are considered …

Paris 2020

Displays. In Paris. As a ritual invocation to an unknown god, tens of thousands of remote controls of daily life ascend to the night sky – for the sake of the “New Year’s welcome” – in front of a gate of some triumph… There seems to be no one without his/her own “alleluia”. There are only new triumphs… Is god …

Long live the public order!

These damn criminals use social events (weddings, baptisms, funerals) to meet and organize their evil actions… (Coppola has also shown it…) What can the honest state do? It decides to nationalize the social events, which from now on will be held exclusively in specific places, under the modest supervision of the authorities. Damn criminals, trying to escape this shackles, changed …

Fiction

This is how Blade Runner begins, the legendary film by Ridley Scott, shot in 1982. L.A. is a fragmented city with a “top” and a “bottom” world, and a key security issue is the seizure of “invaders” – biotechnological humanoids that “work” on other planets.