So! Here I am in a virtually empty classroom. It’s a sunny cold day outside the insulation of Thermopane heavily tinted skyscraper glass insulating my experience of the world and refocusing the more active portions back into the void of modern privatized college education. One of my four students, one gone home early, one schmoozing with a buddy in another class down the hall and the last not bothering to show up till later maybe. If at all? Here I am listening to this young woman’s diversion of her most popular ‘game of the hour’s’ latest Top 5 previews. She is multitasking! Watching one monitor, it’s glibly posed simulacrum of TV announcer speak mixed with Appalachian resort broken back comment asides eliciting unconscious “oooh’s” and “ahhs”. What she is thinking or doing amidst the framework of my class is anyone’s guess. Certainly a mystery to me!
It appears that the disembodied voice is running through every old cliché phrasing of shtick possible in the thesaurus of Hebrew society back to the time of King David. Has anyone ever been entertained by this patter? Consider it as audio based filler to divert one from the mediocre level of action that this latest iteration has dared to offer. The poison of innuendo following along a pattern of the same old agenda of social distortion and fabrication of deceit. Offers of flashy insubstantial tin posing as valuable ‘gold’ and ‘silver’. The physical materiality of previous time replaced by a mental fabrication of Internet based fantasy shoes only solid quality is the illusion of substance.
The only reality to this experience being going through the motions of enacting a fasçade of work by occasionally going through the motions of same. No real work being completed. The screens on her other monitor changing from image to image of downloaded crap that seemingly appears like something is being accomplished when in fact nothing is really being done. Her leg nervously shakes as if beset by the tremors of too much caffeine. Or is it an unconscious reaction to the soma of uneasy programming that seems designed to undermine any sense of self-narrative or possible awareness of the larger context of this moment in present tense? Is this simply some form of brainwashing produced by the people that brought you Communism and Fascism? The dream era of tyrants whose forebears would have paid a fortune beyond that of Croesus to have had readily at their disposal.
This is the core of the ant colony where education as it was once known is on the verge of a final form of recognizable existence. Extinct, no doubt, in the next iteration who will get their context from a dumbed down reward and punishment simulations extent in the latest game release posing as online textbook primers. “Do as you are told!” Or, better expressed, “Do as you are shown!” No questions needed nor required, “Nor asked for! “ Just go along and shut up and enjoy the action. Look for “Magical Power” that is handed out if you know the tricks of the game. Which, incidentally, are available as an additional mod at a low per unit cost! The remaining class member returns. He is immediately engaged in the broadcast enthusiasm of the endless repeating cycle of the monologue monotony of this game cult. One big long streaming pop-up commercial lasting as long as the Internet feed remains in force.
All of us’ pre-computer generation’ secretly praying for a Solar flare to knock out the satellites and power grid. The wondrous silence of the human mind and the ability to be enthroned within one’s self might rue once again!