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Thrust of argument: Henry A. Giroux writes 'Fear and isolation constitute an updated version of Big Brother. Fear is managed and is buttressed by a neoliberal logic that embraces the notion that while fear be accepted as a general condition of society, how it is dealt with by members of the American public be relegated to the realm of the private, dealt with exclusively as an individual consideration, largely removed from the collapse of authoritarian control and democratic rule, and posited onto the individual's fear of the other. In the surveillance state, fear is misplaced from the political sphere and emergence of an authoritarian government to the personal concern with the fear of surviving, not getting ahead, unemployment, and the danger posed by the growing legions of the interminable others. As the older order dies, a new one struggles to be born, one that often produces a liminal space that gives rise to monsters, all too willing to kidnap, torture, and spy on law abiding citizens while violating civil liberties. As Antonio Gramsci once suggested, such an interregnum offers no political guarantees, but it does provide or at least gestures towards the conditions to reimagine 'what is to be done,' how it might be done, and who is going to do it'. Direction of resistance / implied resistance: Giroux points out 'Echoes of Huxley's insights play out in the willingness of millions of people who voluntarily hand over personal information whether in the service of the strange sociality prompted by social media or in homage to the new surveillance state. New surveillance technologies employ by major servers providers now focus on diverse consumer populations who are targeted in the collection of endless amounts of personal information as they move from one site to the next, one geopolitical region to the next, and across multiple screens and digital apparatuses. As Ariel Dorfman points out, 'social media users gladly give up their liberty and privacy, invariably for the most benevolent of platitudes and reasons,' all the while endlessly shopping online, updating Facebook, and texting. Indeed, surveillance technologies are now present in virtually every public and private space - such as video cameras in streets, commercial establishments, workplaces, and even schools as well as the myriad scanners at entry points of airports, retail stores, sporting events, and so on - and function as control mechanisms that become normalized through their heightened visibility. In addition, the all- encompassing world of corporate and state surveillance is aided by our endless array of personal devices that chart, via GPS tracking, our every move, our every choice, and every pleasure.'

 

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Removal of resistance: As Adam Smith pointed out, 'The man whose whole life is spent in performing a few simple operations, of which the effects are perhaps always the same, or very nearly the same, has no occasion to exert his understanding or to exercise his invention in finding out expedients for removing difficulties which never occur. He naturally loses, therefore, the habit of such exertion, and generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become. The torpor of his mind renders him not only incapable of relishing or bearing a part in any rational conversation, but of conceiving any generous, noble, or tender sentiment, and consequently of forming any just judgment concerning many even of the ordinary duties of private life. Of the great and extensive interests of his country he is altogether incapable of judging, and unless very particular pains have been taken to render him otherwise, he is equally incapable of defending his country in war. The uniformity of his stationary life naturally corrupts the courage of his mind, and makes him regard with abhorrence the irregular, uncertain, and adventurous life of a soldier. It corrupts even the activity of his body, and renders him incapable of exerting his strength with vigour and perseverance in any other employment than that to which he has been bred. His dexterity at his own particular trade seems, in this manner, to be acquired at the expense of his intellectual, social, and martial virtues.' Unification: Whilst totalitarian corporate culture has driven chosen 'underdogs' into increasing stupidity with time, Facebook and Twitter have without warning done exactly the same thing to the vast majority of middle class and upper middle class elitists and sycophants to elitists.

These tools involve repeated actions, most of them passive, mostly pressing a 'like' button. Any deviation, like long prose, tends to be mocked 'knowingly' by people who accept that it is 'cooler' to live a life which involves almost 'no effort', as they would see it. Scrolling and liking. They are now very stupid because of this and there is no difference in intellect between the elite, all the way up to 'royalty' and 'down to' the ghetto children with bad taste and consumer (usually electronic) lust.

The majority of 'professionals' in our society can really do very little outside of these few things: buy goods, operate a spread sheet, operate a web browser, (advanced technical skill for the average person means knowing how to use powerpoint as well), choose a channel or file in order to passively consume audio-visual corporate-sponsored output, commute, use twitter, use facebook (these latter two involve mostly: scrolling, pressing like, occasionally making very short statements, usually entirely phatic).
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