To be clear, this is real: http://www.samsung.com/se/unspoilme/eng/
Samsung of Sweden made a hypnotherapy recording to make people forget their favorite TV shows so that they can rewatch them "fresh."
You shouldn't need to know my credentials to trust me when I say it's a bad idea for you to actually listen to a hypnosis recording created by an international corporation seeking to profit off of you and play with your memories.
I think the reason for the past couple years we've all just been shouting TWENTY EIGHTEEN PEOPLE is that the times we live in have traveled into this uncanny valley of unrealness. No sci-fi author would ever write something so cliche and absurd as the reality we live in. where headlines express "concern" about corporations outright no-shame offering to mind control you. Pleading that you don't willingly subject yourself to actual corporate mind control just to enjoy TV you already watched
@silby also i think what perhaps is different this time is that we grew up on SO MUCH media and fiction telling us what was and was not normal, possible, what would be realistic even in the far-flung future; and now we're going into that world and we compare reality TO fiction which has defined our world for us; and it highlights the absurdity
@shel ehhhh I take it as axiomatic that it is probably an error for one to suspect one is special, and by extension that one’s times are special.
The absurd confusion of fiction with reality has been a thing people have thought about since at least Don Quixote, and i have to assume much, much longer than that.
@silby Boudrillard's theory is that there is Reality and there is the representation of Reality
and that as our consumption of media has increased the representation of reality has replaced reality as our reference point for "real"/"normal." In the past a story gets compared to reality. Now, reality is compared to a story.
@silby @shel To take this a bit further, I would argue that reality has always been compared to stories because we cannot experience reality directly; we have only the experiences from our internalized universes from which to interpret the feedback of our senses and thoughts. However, in the past, group consensus about Frame Zero was an implicit cultural value of modern democracies. These days, that value is no longer shared by all groups equally.
@silby @shel I believe that life is fundamentally an absurd proposition, in the sense that there is no inherent meaning to Frame Zero and any attempt to impose meaning upon it is necessarily artificial. Living in good faith demands that we remain aware of the reality tunnels in which we place ourselves. Reality was never aligned with Neoliberalism the Egregore's reality tunnel, and as people have woken up to that understanding, those who remain within it are panicking.
@silby @shel The collapse of shared curation of Frame Zero has given rise to Liberalism the Egregore's victims attempting to create a new shared vision based on the promises of and nostalgia for the past which were never real but only perceived. Samsung's HypnoTV is just the manifestation of Space Ghost's purchase of a mind-erasing kit. We have all always been responsible for curating the narratives of our own lives. Now we have to do it without a shared external frame.
We talk about how the Simpsons made donald trump president as a joke but here we are, but Kanye West and the Dilbert Guy today became besties bonding over right-wing extremist conspiracy theories which were originally born out of/popularized by Gamer Culture
This explosion of absurdity can induce panic, unreality, being overwhelmed and desiring control, order, normalcy. Finding the appeal in fascism.
What I want you to do is lean into this though
If all this absurd shit can be true what else can we make true
Clearly the boundaries of what's realistic have collapsed entirely
Nothing is off the table
Tear down the outlines around you. Do shit you never thought was worth it before. Try to change the world in ways you thought were futile. Clearly now is the time
Do all the weird out there shit now; try to change the world now; before a new normal establishes itself after this bizarre point in history.
Nothing is normal anymore. We're living in the worst most ridiculous scifi dystopia novel so do what you'd do in that novel. Why not. Samsung wants to erase your memories and journalists are writing thinkpieces expressing "concern". Just fucking go for it friends (not the mind control, all the other stuff)
@Zero_Democracy Not going to get into My Credentials but it's real and should, in theory, work on most people; but also, most likely, has a lot of non-obvious side effects. For instance, not just forgetting your fave TV show but now feeling a compulsion and excitement to watch more TV! perhaps through a samsung service...
@X The article I screencapped gets into it: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2018/04/22/why-we-should-be-concerned-about-samsung-hypnotizing-people-completely-erasing-their-memory/
due to my mysterious Credentials let's say I don't need to listen to it to know the inherent dangers and likely non-obvious suggestions in the file
@X idk!!! i'm guessing the journalist would've got anything overt. but if i listened to it (whicih i don't want to do!!) i'm sure i'd catch something subtle like casually mentioning an excitement to rewatch your fave TV show now that you've forgotten in; i.e. a suggestion to Consume Television