'Night Flight reprise', from the self-produced album, Blue Jazz.
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Quip: Monkey Goes on First Date



From that look, it looks like after a year of marriage, not  during a first date.




Toward a non-European Socialist Vision




We need to distinguish between EuroSocialism and Socialism. In Eurosocialism, there is an avowed belief that culture is formed by economic development. Whilst that is in part true, we have to realise that culture is not thoroughly formed in the west as it might in other parts of the world like India and China.

European socialism is more 'technical'.  It deals with the body, not the mind or spirit.

However, when these 'techniques' are infused with the eastern spirit of profound and spiritual passion and vigour, or humility in the face of Gods that remind us that no matter how perfect we think we are, our thinking is far from perfect,
it can add that modicum of spirit to the entire scheme of things that can make it go even further than can be imagined by the technically-inclined and Marx-abiding European Socialist.


In these parts, culture, rather than 'being formed' by economic development, can instead be used to interpret economic development or even challenge it, like Buddhism did more than 2000 years ago in the face of the growth of the capitalist tendency in parts of India.

One could even state plausibly that Buddhism was the world's first Socialist movement. Even Japan had to get rid of Buddhism in its efforts to westernise and 'capitalise' itself in the face of western colonial imperialism. That is why many Buddhist temples were burnt down and monks incarcerated, and the relatively value-free Shintoism brought in as the state religion. European socialist intellectuals have ignored all these facts in their development of socialism, and which explains, in part, why socialism has largely failed in the south-east.

Secondly, Eurosocialism is, in part, a legacy of western colonial imperialism, in that European socialists tend to position themselves at the helm of global socialist perspectival development. They do not take on board contradictory views from non-Europeans and expect the global socialist body to take their cue from European socialist intellectuals.

The problem with European socialist intellectuals, including Marx, is that they do not consider how culture can be used to, complement, reinforce, and flower the development of the socialist tendency in other parts of the world. To discard culture as just an elitist legacy betrays their ignorance of the fact that in many parts of the world, culture can be a product of a people despite elitism. It is, in other words, a culture formed from the ground up - India is a prime example.

A turn of a clockwork key might be sufficient to propel a mechanical mouse, but it is not enough to motivate the human spirit.

Hence, to just abide by the dictates of the Europeans in socialist development is to ignore the fact that culture forms an integral part of non-European societies, and that to shrug it off leads to losing the incorporation of many to the socialist cause.  A turn of a clockwork key might be sufficient to propel a mechanical mouse, but it is not enough to motivate the human spirit.


Marx made sense in lots of things, but there is much that he couldn't understand. He, in fact, used the European model of historical development as the model for understanding the development of world history. Whilst he might have gotten his observable facts correct - i.e. feudal societies, monarchism, etc - the MEANING of these facts is variable according to various cultures and climes.

What we need is the production of socialists who include their own cultural knowledge and histories in the development of socialist traditions that can actually deliver results in their particular cultural climes whilst exorcising it off those elite-supporting elements that compromise its socialist spirit. To discard their cultures is to discard the people. And where would socialism be in those countries without the people?

Asian socialism, when it successfully breaks away from the perspectival hegemony of European socialists, can be a far more vibrant and profound movement when they incorporate their own religious and social philosophies, whether it be from the rich philosophies of the Chinese during the period known as 'A Hundred Schools of Thought' before the ascension of Qin Shih Huang Ti in 221 b.c. or the philosophies of the many Indian sages and religious and Vedic traditions that go back thousands of years.

European socialism is more 'technical'.  It deals with the body, not the mind or spirit. However, when these 'techniques' are infused with the eastern spirit of profound and spiritual passion and vigour, or humility in the face of Gods that remind us that no matter how perfect we think we are, our thinking is far from perfect, it can add that modicum of spirit to the entire scheme of things that can make it go even further than can be imagined by the technically-inclined and Marx-abiding European Socialist.

We need the rise of Hindu Socialism, Buddhist Socialism, Jain Socialism, Taoist Socialism, Aboriginal, African, amongst others, and the fusion of these to form a Socialism that includes not only the political and economic infrastructure - as European socialists talk about - but the Human Atman (soul) (Hindu, that refers to transcending material reality and historical circumstance to identify our true selves via self-knowledge) and Ren (Confucian, referring to the good feelings engendered when being altruistic).


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Chelsea fans racist rant in Paris, Colonialism, and Football




Yero: and whats wrong? he is black he should be in AFRICA not in fckin EUROPE!!!!!! EUROPE FOR EUROPEANS

Ed:  And why did you go and colonise and rob other lands for hundreds of years eh?  You should have stayed in your own country and fed off your Queen's table right.  Now that they've fed your economy for a long time through your pillaging colonialism, they are, in effect, investors and shareholders in 'your' country.

You think the Europeans gave as much to you English pirates?  No.  It was the Black man, the Indians, etc, etc.  Europe for Europeans my beautiful brown ass.  That's why the formation of the EU was racist.  You gained off the non-Europeans, and then you close it off to them and say, 'Europe for Europeans'.  How many so called 'non-racist English or Europeans even realise that?  And the rest of the world want to take their cultural and perspectival cue from them.  The world should wake up.

Go get some commonsense you dumb prick.

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Clasifi 1: You can't eradicate racism because it's part of human nature.

Ed: Being fearful of difference and the unfamiliar might be a part of human nature.  But overcoming one's fears is also part of human nature, and can be seen as human nature REALISED.

Would you say that being ignorant is part of human nature, whilst getting rid of said ignorance isn't?  You could say that thinking like yourself would be sub-human, or a human nature that is yet to be realised. 

Go think some more.

Being fearful of difference and the unfamiliar might be a part of human nature.  But overcoming one's fears is also part of human nature, and can be seen as human nature REALISED.


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When people say 'there is no place for racism in football', i can't stop smiling, condescendingly.
Football is an ultra-right wing pastime that promotes nationalism, patriotism, and territorialism. So, whether it be in the face of foreigners elsewhere, or within the homeground, or immigrants, or supporters of another team, we have an aggressive US vs THEM mentality.  So it is no wonder that the EDL (English Defence League) was formed from football supporters.

This can be said about all sports. However, the difference is, in football, we have a whole team, an 'army', being aggressive with another, and trying to gain at the expense of another. And hence, there would be close identification between a 'group' of supporters and the team 'group' as well. In tennis, golf, running, etc, it is a singular activity, and therefore, the group of supporters will not be able to as closely identify with the runners/etc as they might with a whole team.

That's one of the reason why i don't fancy soccer, or football. Too right-wing for my taste. But one of the reason why football is so popular in England is because the English don't have much of a culture via which they can express passion, intelligence, etc, and hence, football becomes a means via which they can do so. They might say it is their 'culture', but the ed meister says, "that is what you do to compensate for not having one."


ed


What variations of Ereaders teach us about new-style Corporate Scams






Actually, the features of the Aura HD should have been included in the Kobo Glo as an upgrade to the Kobo Glo. 

What all these corporations are doing these days is simply maintaining the first product as it is, maintaining its price or close to it, so as to justify a higher price for another 'premium' model instead of putting these ‘premium’ features into the original product.

What all these corporations are doing these days is simply maintaining the first product as it is, maintaining its price or close to it, so as to justify a higher price for another 'premium' model

If you think about it, these corporations say that the price of new tech is expensive because it is new.  But over time, with innovations, the cost of producing old tech (such as the Kobo Glo) should drop significantly.  That is when new technology, such as that which is included in the Kobo Aura HD, if included as an upgrade to the newer models of the Kobo Glo, should maintain the price of the Kobo Glo at its original price. 



For instance, if when the Kobo Glo first came out, it was, say, $100. Then, over time, with the production of new innovations as seen in the Kobo Aura HD, the price of the Kobo Glo should drop to, say $30-$50.  That is when the innovations in the Kobo Aura HD can be stuck into the Kobo Glo and the price for it maintained at $100.  So there is no need for a Kobo Aura HD. 



When I first bought my Honda PCX 2013 model, it didn’t have features that the following year’s model had.  Did Honda produce a 2014 model and call it, say, Honda PCX Aura, and give people the ‘choice’ of two models in 2014 - one with the 2013 features and the PCX Aura with the 2014 features?  No.  These features were added on to the 2014 PCX model and the prices maintained as in the previous year though you were getting more features (which should have been included in the 2013 model actually, since the technology was already around for some years!).  Same thing applies in the case of the Kobo and all other e-readers out there.  And if you think about it, much of the innovations for just about any type of product out there.

It seems, that to 'keep up with the times' comes with it an inbuilt prerequisite  of becoming more stupid with the passage of time.

This is a global scam, but most don't put much thought to this, and hence, fall victim to this new corporate ploy to get more money out of the people.  Now, what we have to fear are not the corporations, but the people who are so gullible and easily trained to accept far less for much more. 
Those few of us on the planet who realise these things, unfortunately, have to suffer along with the rest who think there isn’t a problem.  And the young, who know no better for want of historical knowledge, will take to it as a duck does to water. 

Knowledge, and wisdom, is indeed sorrow.  It seems, that to 'keep up with the times' comes with it an inbuilt prerequisite of becoming more stupid with the passage of time.  Like I've said before, the term 'piracy' is too narrowly applied, and in the favour of the 'legitimate' pirates of our times.



ed





Je suis Charlie et Muhammad





I'm Catholic, but This is not about the freedom of speech. It's about the freedom to be a right-wing, self-absorbed, Eurocentric, ass****.

For myself, i'm Charlie and Muhammad. Mutual respect and love please.

And let's not decontextualise this situation. The cartoons are just the cherry on a cake of historical western colonial abuse of the non-western netherworld.

The cartoons are an insult in addition to a long-standing injury afflicted on the Arab/Islamic world. I'm not saying that the attacks are right. Certainly not. However, when you keep injuring another, we cannot be shocked when we are slapped back.

I'm explaining it, not justifying it, by the way.

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Free speech. Interesting topic. Free speech as a child; or free speech as an adult; or free speech as an empathetic, thoughtful human being?

I'm for the lattermost of the three. Of course, freedom of speech is curtailed when i choose the third. Because then i can't rant like a child, or just be biased in my expressions like most adults. It imposes upon me the need to really think, research, consider, listen, empathise, and go beyond my own familiarised cultural norms to consider the aspects of other cultures to discern deficiencies in my own. But isn't that when free speech matures my vocal chords to my mind to the max? 

What brand of 'free speech' is the west promoting via their support of Charlie Hebdo's brand of childish 'free speech'? (watch attached video) I join with the west in condemning the shootings, but that doesn't make what CH did right.

I was shocked when they came up with their grossly insulting cartoons of Muhammad (not all were insulting though). I'm not a Muslim. I'm Catholic. But it still shocked me. They were just far right-wingers disguised as champions of free speech. Now, with this horrendous massacre of their staff, they are being hailed as heroes?

Your shooting me because of the nonsense i spewed doesn't make said nonsense Holy Writ.

And finally, let's not forget that Charlie Hebdo's cartoons should be taken in the context of the west's activities in the middle east for more than a hundred years, Palestine, installation and support of tyrannical regimes, murderous embargoes and so on. Charlie Hebdo's cartoons in themselves do not deserve such a murderous reaction, but when we take the whole context into account, then we can began to understand it, if not condone it. This is a simple and simplified explanation, not a justification of the attacks.


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It's kind of pathetic. Everyone, including myself, when criticising Charlie Hebdo for what they did, feel the need to state that we aren't condoning the violence of the gunmen. Looks like the freedom of expression in the west is paired with an unstated realisation that we aren't free to argue any oppositional case without being accused of being a terrorist supporter.

For myself, 'terrorism' is violence for political ends. In that, the Islamic 'terrorists' do not hold a monopoly on being referred to as such.'

It is not the Arabs/Muslims/Islamists whom have colonised the west during the colonial period. It is not the Arabs who gave Palestine to the Israelis and armed them to expel the Palestinians. It is not the Arabs who have been installing one tyrannical regime after another in the west for their own ends. It is not the Arabs who imposed embargoes on the US that killed half a million American children. It is not....etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc....

So when we take this into account, it is nothing but gross hypocrisy bordering on Eurocentric self-centred psychosis to call these people terrorists if we do not look into what we have done ourselves. And it is downright juvenile to think that all of this does not serve as the basis upon which these terrorists reacted the way they did to Charlie Hebdo's insulting images of Muhammad. The spark can produce nothing without the aid of existing fuel emanating from the west.


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Not illustrating Muhammad indicates the expression and ability to feel a particular kind of profound and deep respect which I, and many others, are not accustomed to experiencing. A different and profound kind of feeling.
I'd like to respect that as a prelude to learning to feel the same way too. Who knows what sort of new profound feelings and views that can engender.
There are more facets to perceptive and perspectival reality that imaginable by the western mind alone you know.

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Muslims have a problem with drawn or any depictions of their Prophet or Allah. I suppose it is a sign of great respect.
I'm willing to respect it, and am interested to acquire the perspective from which such respect emerges as it indicates another way of looking at things. I think it means more than i've described.
So wondrous a creation, the more perspectives, and of greater or variable vantages to appreciate it, the better.

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Satire, cartoons .... this is the west's attempt to understand things when they don't want to spare an issue more thought than a child might do a cartoon.

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Maureen:
No to racism, Islamophobia, and scapegoating


Scott: Easy to say if it is not your loved ones that have been butchered.



Ed: If we study the cause-effect contributory factors for the last century and this, we'll be faced with the fact that it takes two hands to clap. It's all too easy and self-serving to just look at this tragedy and view it simply as the pen versus the sword.

We need to take the wider context into account in determining accountability, and then take progressive steps towards dismantling terrorism, on BOTH sides. Progressive steps, to resolve this problem once and for all, means something else when it's starting point is based on self-centredness.

Paul: Easy to say its simply a matter of free speech if 1,000,000 muslims in Iraq hadn't been butchered by the 'western democracies' or the CIA with the compliance of the British state hadn't kidnapped, held in 'dark sites' and tortured god knows how many muslims - and whipped up a racist fever not seen since the 1930's whereby women in France are prosecuted for wearing the hijab, where demostrations in favour of Palestinians are banned and leading politicians say muslims are a 'fifth column'. George Galloway always said the illegal attack on Iraq would have terrible consequences and he was right. Racists are now using the shocking events to whip up more race hatred. I'm against them.

Scott: Few want racism or segregation, most want free speech (certainly in Western cultures) it is too easy to use such tragedies to push forward political agendas from any side of the political spectrum. Iraq (2nd time) appears to be a dreadfull mistake but it would be foolish to believe these attacks are purely a reaction to past events. There is a monster (disguising itself behind religion) trying to gain hearts and minds, little different to the far right, in its desire for conforming and controlling of world power. So perhaps solidarity for all those that desire peace is required, and for now a great deal of sympathy for those that have been lost. I don't suppose the self-serving Mr Galloway will waste much time or tears.


Ed: Let's put it this way. If all the past atrocities against Muslims didn't take place, what are the chances of this event against CH taking place?

To understand the west's perspectival stance against terrorists, and its very definition of it, knowing the perspectives that ruled the colonialists for the past few hundred years would help. It is only then that we can begin to understand how little we have changed despite all claims to the contrary.

As for the 'monster' of religion 'trying to gain hearts and minds'. This appears to be a clash between people of two different consciousness of universal brotherhood. One, makes a religion out of the state to determine who is a brother, and the other recognises ones brother on the basis of religious similitude even if he hails from beyond the illusory borders of the state.

I want peace and universal brotherhood, but we need to engage on more than a fair bit of critical introspection in order to bring it about.


Scott: It is possible to go back hundreds and thousands of years from any political perspective to find greviences that somehow give violent extremist the opportunity to take 'revenge' on political powers that they envy and dispise. This is not about Muslims as such or past disputes, it is the same story of ambitious individuals looking for a way to gain power and dominace.

It is too easy to throw stones at the west and dig up the past, the west generally does the best it can in a ruthless, complicated and disjointed world. Simple ideologies, rational argument and rheteric will never solve these problems as the opportunity to use violence to gain status and power undeserved without political process is too great an opportunity to miss. Those carrying out these acts are often ignorant, naive or have even been threatened or forcibly made to be the tools of those that are truly evil.

Honestly 'Universal Brotherhood' this will never exist due to greed and ambition, religion is just a tool used to advance these aims.

'Critical Intropection' will not stop extremists, it is actually pretty patronizing for individuals to take the moral high ground and have no practical means to solve these problems. We shoud be thankful for the bravery of our troops, the vigilance of our security forces and the resolve of our politicians.

Britain is by no means perfect or innocent but it does at least allow our discussions to take place.


Cliff: It is interesting that people do not want things from the past brought into a discussion about today's events but I am sure they would be quite upset if, for instance, inheritance from the past was cancelled out to! So for example the Royal Family can quite happily keep their castles and lands but never want to discuss the atrocities that brought them into their family possession in the first place.


Ed: We're not talkiing about hundreds of thousands of years. We are talking about continuity from the past 100 years TO the present. Using your logic, we could also say let's forget about the past and treat this as an isolated incident, and not link it to the islamic militancy before and after 11/9, and including 11/9 itself right. This militancy has continuity as well, and can be linked to in cause-effect terms to all that's been going on since colonial times to the present.

No doubt, given any situation such as this, there will be groups and people who will be jostling each other for power. But we need to look at the underlying causes for these events so that they are not repeated in the future.

The west has laid the foundations for much of these evils today. I suppose you think nothing of the west's genocidal activities in the world from colonial times to the present. Millions upon millions died being forced to feed 'King/Queen and country' throughout the globe, the indigenous population of Tasmania was decimated, along with the population of the Australia and the USA, slavery, forced growth of cash crops, carving up of regions for western self-interests both economic and political.

Self-serving to say this is all in the past when the consequences visit us on a daily basis. The middle-east is part of the ongoing story. And if the past is to be discounted because it is in the past, then why all the fuss over Remembrance Day? It is a usual psychological strategy for people to assign to the discountable 'past' so as to decontextualise current events that affect us. Why? So that our own contribution to these evil state of affairs can be ignored and the 'bad men' in the present can just be shrugged off as insane mad men who do what they do simply because they insane mad men.


Je suis Charlie et Muhammad


ed



of Sausage rolls and smartphones



“I don’t get it.”, is what I said to the girl who was attending to me at a phone shop a week ago.

“If you think about it”, said I, “why should a smartphone that is half the size of a tablet be priced closed to or more than a tablet?” 

“Some smartphones are about a third the size of a tablet, so shouldn’t it be priced at a third of the price of a tablet, or a quarter?” 

She looked at me surprised, and it was clear that it had never occurred to her. 

To an English acquaintance of mine I said the same thing, whilst another Sikh acquaintance of mine stood by and listened.  The English guy says, “well, it is smaller, so it is convenient to carry around compared to a tablet.”

“So”, I said, “at Greggs (a pastry shop), they sell a long sausage roll for 90 pence.  If they halved it, would it be justified that they doubled the price because we can put the whole thing in our mouths at one go?”  He looked at me, smiled, and didn’t know what to say, whilst the Sikh guy laughed.

Same thing happened with the iPod Nano, and which I wrote about back then.  The price per gigabyte was more for the Nano than the iPod classic.  Why?  Smaller, more convenient?  And people complain about the higher prices of foodstuff at convenience shops whilst happily forking out much more for gadgets. 

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People think this is not much of an issue.  But this is actually an indicator of the diminution of the reasoning capacity amongst the people.  The lack of logic, thought, justice, a sense of fairness.  The thing is, if we are incognizant when injustice is done unto us in our personal affairs, how much more cognizant are we going to be when it is done unto us as a collective, or via avenues which seems relatively alien to us - like politics - or which requires more thought than is required to be entertained by much of the ‘music’, movies and sit-coms that spews out of america? 

if we are incognizant when injustice is done unto us in our personal affairs, how much more cognizant are we going to be when it is done unto us via avenues which requires more thought than is required to be entertained by much of the ‘music’, movies and sit-coms that spews out of america?



I am sensing a distribution of forces, intentional or otherwise, that is gradually dumbing the global populace down more than ever in human history via a host of means and mediums.  It is worrying to see that people don’t actually think that the movie Avatar is a kids show; or don’t think it ridiculous that spectacles made of plastic or sprayed with paint can be priced at anything more than $5; or that The Big Bang Theory is popular mainly because of its overuse of the laughing machine; or don’t wonder at Apple excluding memory card slots in their tablets so that they can charge far higher for internal memory; or that ‘adult’ shows mean ‘kids shows with vulgar content’ and not because they contain anything that requires one to have intelligence more than a ten year old to appreciate. 

But it makes sense that these things need to happen and be accepted as the norm for smartphones to be priced as they are, or for America to conduct ‘wars on terror’ on people who did far less to the americans than the americans did unto them.

And what is more worrying is that I might be one of the handful of the 6 billion upcoming consumers inhabiting this planet to appreciate the interconnection of the bits that make up a worrying whole that people bemoan about.. 


ed



What's the problem with the problem of EU migrants?





Osborne: "David Cameron and the Conservative Party
always put Britain's national interest first"
UK to seek immigration changes despite Merkel EU 'warning'




Mr Osborne said the British people wanted concerns about EU immigration and access to benefits addressed.
The German government has insisted the right of EU nationals to live and work in other member states is sacrosanct.
Angela Merkel has reportedly said she would rather see the UK leave the EU than allow a quota system for migrants. - bbc


On the issue of migration within the EU, I don’t see the problem.  Of course there is the immediate situation of the lack of jobs in the UK to cater to both EU migrants and locals.  However, this problem will dissipate as EU migrants get relatively rich off their stay in the UK. 

Over time, a lot of this money will get sent back to their home states to develop industries and skills, which will in turn enable their economies to take in British workers.  And this might be even more so the case as the (white) British, according to a few foreigners I’ve spoken to, ‘are polite but unfriendly....not welcoming....like strangers even though you work with them for a few years’.  Hence, given British aversion to being integrative and multicultural - though lots of theoretical lip-service is given to it - we could plausibly hope that many EU migrants will also leave, with the money they’ve made, and set up their own business, etc, etc, and develop their economy enough to cater to workers from Britain.

...this is just a period of the relatively richer states in the EU giving other members an economic leg up via opportunistic leg over. 
In the longer run, the development of the poorer states of the EU will give everyone in the EU more room to venture into, to work, to start businesses, and so on.

So this is just a period of the relatively richer states in the EU giving other members an economic leg up via opportunistic leg over.  In the longer run, the development of the poorer states of the EU will give everyone in the EU more room to venture into, to work, to start businesses, and so on.  Let’s not forget, also, that when migrants take what the UK has to offer, and input in their own perspectives and ideas borne of their own variable cultural experiences, we will see the emergence of industries, skills, outlook, etc, etc, that can be relatively quite unique, and hence, add on to the perspectival and industrial pool of the EU. 

As for the UK economy not being able to handle these foreign migrants, or their putting a strain on the services, that might just be a case of the wealth that these foreign migrants are generating not being channelled to bolster such services, and perhaps, being pocketed by the elite themselves.

All that said, as I had stated previously, my reservations on the existence of the exclusive EU on the basis that it is racist because it excludes the non-western world who supported western Europe, and the UK, when the latter colonised them and exploited them for hundreds of years. still stands.  Well, if the British weren’t so racist in this respect, many non-EU members of the planet might be able to flock in and give the economy a good boost so as to enable it to support the poorer sector of the EU as well.  Just to ensure that foreign migrants, whether they be from the EU or without, do not actually place a strain on benefits and services, these amenities can be accorded to foreigners in proportion to the contribution of the household to the economy via taxes. 


ed

iPod Classic Discontinued....and that damn dumb consumer




I don’t know what’s wrong with people these days.  Am I the last of the cogitating individuals on the planet, I sometimes wonder.  No.  When corporations engage in piratical activities, I blame the people.  What message are the people sending these corporations that is enabling them to do as they do unto them?  That’s the problem with consumers*, as opposed to human beings.

Apple discontinued the iPod Classic?  Why?  Simple.  You are being charged more for the lesser-storaged iPod Touch than you are for the iPod Classic.  Why give you more for your money when they can give you less for more money.

Let’s talk figures here.  An iPod Classic goes for $490 usd on Amazon.com.  An iPod Touch goes for $300 usd.  An iPod Classic has 160gb.  An iPod Touch has 64gb.  So, you’re paying $3.06 per gig for the Classic, and $4.68 per gig for the Touch.  More for less. 

But it kind of makes sense doesn’t it.  More and more people are buying music from Apple’s iTunes store, which sells music at very low quality**, the highest being 256kbps (KiloBits Per Second).  So that doesn’t take up much space in your iPod.  So why give you so much space for less money compared to the proportionately higher priced iPod Touch?  At least, if they reduced the price of the Touch to match the Classic in terms of price per gigabyte, I wouldn’t mind it so much.  But they aren’t.  Just like when they took the optical drive away from the iMac but charged you the same price for it, whilst making more money by selling you ‘Cloud’ space.  



For myself, I like the iPod Classic for the simple reason that it has lots of space.  I am in the midst of ‘ripping’ my vinyl record collection into a digital higher-than-CD quality format for playback via my stereo and iPod.  But once my iPod conks out, I’m stuck with the iPod Touch that isn’t going to hold much of my digitised record collection. 

The logic is simple, profit margins can best be increased by giving the people lesser and lesser for more and more.  And the only way to do that is to make the people lesser and lesser to the point that they view little as good enough. 

And the best way to perpetuate this is to accustom the young to nothing more than memories of the present rather than the appreciation of a relatively more fair past
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Parents, these days, are just midwives delivering a consumer to the corporation..

But that’s the thing about technology when led by profiteering pirates isn’t it.  The logic is simple, profit margins can best be increased by giving the people lesser and lesser for more and more.  And the only way to do that is to make the people lesser and lesser to the point that they view little as good enough.  And the most effective way is to accustom the young to nothing more than memories of the present rather than the appreciation of a relatively more fair past.  You might theoretically be able to do more with technology.  But the kind of technology that is produced is actually geared toward consumption of whatever the corporation spews out instead of what you can produce with it, or experience to the fullest.  Like tablets, it is mainly a consumption device.  You can’t do much with it in terms of production as you could with a desktop.  And with the discontinuation of the iPod Classic, you are going to experience more music but at a lower quality.  If people were really connoisseurs of music and quality, and are as so in many other meaningful ventures, this wouldn’t happen.  But, as I’ve said often, but never enough, society degenerates with the perspectival reduction of the young by the corporation.  Parents, these days, are just midwives delivering a consumer to the corporation. 

People might say, “hey ed, it’s just the iPod, what’s the big deal?”  What such people don’t get is that with every experience that is unjust, and which we engage in without even baulking because it is increasingly and widely fetishized, we are being more and more trained to lose our sense of justice.  Such a compromised sense affects every aspect of our lives from the seemingly innocuous to life and death issues.

It’s about time we nationalised Apple, amongst a host of others.


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* We are certainly living in a Consumer Age, one of the gifts of western ‘civilisation’.  I don’t think much of western democracy these days.  It just seems to pave the way for the global dissemination of identities that reduces people to the point of making democracy nothing more than the right to consume the latest this-and-thats and be whatever the corporations, celebs, and elite, want you to be.  Not surprising, as the west doesn’t have much spirituality in their constitution, and hence, produce technobots in place of people.) 


** In case you’re wondering what that is, let me put it this way.  A CD holds music that is 1411kbps in quality.  All this kilobits represent audio information.  That is the quality of the sound that you hear.  Even in the simple sound produced by the tinkle of a triangle, there is tonal variation, graduation, variation in depth, etc.  When you hear the whole variation, it gives more pleasure than, say, hearing the dull thud of a rusty bicycle bell.  So with 256kbps, you are getting more of the latter than the former.  It's something like the difference between DVD and HD, for the ears.  The richness of the musical experience is reduced - not that there is much richness in much western pop music these days anyway, in terms of complexity, intricacy, depth, or anything.  Bubblegum music, that’s what it is.


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