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Fri Nov 13, 2020, 04:06 PM

Technology, social media Asymmetrical Warfare

What do you think? I do believe that older Americans who were born before the tech age will understand what I am about to posit.

Walgreens, at check out, a woman (who is clearly over the age of 21, more like 61) at front of line buying assorted items, one of them being a bottle of white wine. The cashier now needs to call over the manager to verify the legal photo ID of the lady. This takes about 3 min. in total time wasting for everyone in line as well as the cashier and manager. What ever happened to common sense? What happened to human observation? I know folks are going to say well company policy so no under age folks get booze or it is just inventory control, bla,blah,blah .... (Inefficiency, bad for our corp. productivity)
NO! This is fucking putting machines in charge instead of the real humans standing there. What?? The young man at the register didn't even understand why he had to have his manager verify the purchase.

Tech (Facebook, all) has to be reigned in, I am fighting windmills but we must examine how trump continues to hold on to the vast numbers of Americans .... free speech yes, free press yes .... free propaganda pumped into the homes of Americans using our free networks and airwaves.... we really need a modern revision of the whole thing called tech cause it is broken and it is breaking human bonds. It is like people look to the social media and machines for answers instead of one another. Only folks born well before the information age will get my drift.

This is why we have "alternative facts." Do we want an "alternative election?"

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Sherman A1 Nov 13 #1
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lagomorph777 Nov 13 #3
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Response to Miigwech (Original post)

Fri Nov 13, 2020, 04:17 PM

1. I am guessing that

you never worked Retail. Yes, it appears to be time wasted to you and could very well be, however you do not have the back story as to just why that policy procedure was put in place. It could have been a shrink issue, it could have been a sting operation by the state liquor control, it could have been as you said the machines driving the policy or it could have been some wiz kid in a cubical a zillion miles away. Nevertheless as an employee or manger you do what you are told when you are told, because business is not a democracy and ya don't get a vote. If they say check every ID for liquor sales, that is what you do.

Facebook I fail to understand the constant calls bashing the service. Don't like it, don't use it no one is holding a computer mouse to anyone's head making them use it. I have no problem with Facebook as I spend time as a scroll through hiding the endless memes (which I consider a waste of bandwidth and my time) at the sources when able, All stories that have a picture of Trump no matter the source and most political stuff when it appears, but that isn't very often as I curate my news stream. I find it good for my hobbies and for information from local museums, the botanical garden, civic groups and restaurants. It is pretty easy to adjust one's news feed anytime one wants to take the time to do so eliminating unwanted posts.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 13, 2020, 04:33 PM

2. Not what I was trying to say

"Turn the channel" ... "Don't use the service" ... nothing to see here .... RETAIL, the master of us all, consumerism, the funeral pyre of capitalism.

I use tech as a tool and as a tool it is wonderful. But don't discount the harm .... it just about brought the world another authoritarian monster to rule from the most powerful nation in the world, so no, I don't think this needs to be glossed over. Retail, been there, done that, no big intellectual secret as to how they work or how the fuck they work the hell out of their employees with no benefits, low pay and lousy hours.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 13, 2020, 04:37 PM

3. Falsebook is a service. But not to you.

You are the product.

I do appreciate the term "asymmetric warfare" in this context.

We need to flip that asymmetry. Recruit some billionaires, some psyops experts, and some tech whiz kids to hack Falsebook and Twit. Begin to re-educate the steaming masses of shit who have fallen into the Turd Cult.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 13, 2020, 05:28 PM

4. That gets to the heart of it. We need to put the human element back into

tech. Their goal seems to be to eliminate everything human (zuckerberg, any questions?), even down to the human person standing right there, helpless against the fucking machine, until the machine tells them what to do next and what to think. Maybe my example of waiting in line was not such a good example of how we have surrendered our common sense. It will not be lost on my generation however. Half the time, we spend twice the time, spending most of the time, trying to fix the tech problems that all these beauties are supposed to be helping us solve in the first place!

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