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Matthew Coldrick - 05 Jun 2019
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The uncensored censorship post solicited a response from a friend and a very stimulating debate ensued. The friend just happens to be a relative of the man who wrote “Brave New Wold.” Irony upon irony in the age of Surveillance Capitalism.

Last week I tried to send a list of 10 pop songs on the theme of spying and surv****ance to a friend on FB messenger. Before I could hit “send” and just after I’d typed number 7:- “Private eyes” by Hall and Oates, the FB intervention AI’s had blocked my message stating it was potentially inappropriate content and it would be reviewed for “safety reasons.” WTAF ! 

 

I posted my disdain on FB half expecting the post to be censored. It wasn’t. A game surely ? It’s like when I turn around the monster had vanished but when I face forward again I can hear its shallow robotic breath.

The uncensored censorship post solicited a response from a friend and a very stimulating debate ensued. The friend just happens to be a relative of the man who wrote “Brave New Wold.” Irony upon irony in the age of Surveillance Capitalism.

 

We reached mutual agreement, he and I, that the key battle ground was over who controls the narrative, any narrative really and that this was now utterly central to our re-defining of democracy. We all knew that already, my recent FB experience just brought it home in a particularly disturbing way. Along with the recent raid on the ABC offices in Sydney, the arrest of Assange and Trump protestors vanishing with a whiff of Global gaslighting grapeshot in London yesterday.

 

Bladerunner 2049 says far more than we may have thought on first viewing.

If you missed it first time around I urge you to watch it again.

The application of ethical debate matters more than ever and we must strive to trust our hearts and continually deepen, self- awareness. The wheel is for steering not falling asleep at. 

I’ve taken up Coaching and have taken my certificate with the British Psychological Society because I feel the best way I can contribute is by making those I resonate with, more creative, more courageous, more integrated, shinier purposeful versions of themselves.

I now describe myself as artist, writer and potentialist and if I use the word Surv****ance in any posts I now invoke the asterix amendment. 

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Sean Prentice

Are you sure that FB wasn't merely trying to save you from future social embarrassment by preventing you from spreading Hall and Oates?

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