Once Aryan Skynet Goes Live It Doesn't Matter Who Pulled The Switch
The internet, when it burst upon the public consciousness in the 1990s, offered the world at the fingertips of people across the civilized world. It promised to make every man the master of his diet of information, democratizing the instant dissemination of news and views for all. The web was a virtual university, public forum, and intelligence hive. In the post-9/11 years, YouTube emerged as a wildly popular collectivization of television, with programming of content open to all. Here the viewer could find everything from old episodes of The Morton Downey Jr. Show and breaking news to teenagers offering makeup tips. No longer do audiences have to wait for McLaughlin Group or Firing Line to hear the day’s issues being discussed. Furthermore, nothing is off the table – no matter how unorthodox. Anybody with an opinion can broadcast it via his very own YouTube network.
Has twenty-first century western man, after all of this innovation and cyber-liberation, been elevated from some ignoramus “into a genius through the application of computer science”, as IMDb puts it in its synopsis for the 1992 horror movie The Lawnmower Man, and is the typical YouTubular information surfer more knowledgeable than the totality of his information-deprived forebears at any point in humanity’s history – or has he simply become a nihilistic introvert and a solipsistic freakazoid? Is he more or less in control of his world? More or less likely to get up and act when the world around him has gone awry? Do YouTubers even live in the world, or have they completely withdrawn elsewhere? What is this place they all inhabit, and who or what have they all become? Does Hell occupy a metaphysical chunk of real estate or the core of the earth, or is it something closer at hand and more mundane – a crowded, smelly corner of cyberspace, perhaps?
“A long time ago, I was working on a field in New Jersey, And my manager who kindly lets me use the computer for internet access told me about a website which he warned is dangerous and it could send me to hell. I didn’t quite believe him.” – J.T.
“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” – William Shakespeare
“If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
“I believe I am in Hell, therefore I am.” – Arthur Rimbaud
“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.” – Oscar Wilde
“Hell is truth known too late.” – J.C. Ryle
“The mind is a universe and can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” – John Milton
“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.” – Aldous Huxley
“Hell is – other people!” – Jean-Paul Sartre
“Everyone who has ever built anywhere a new heaven first found the power thereto in his own hell.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“YouTube is a gateway to Hell.” – Rainer Chlodwig von Cuck
(Hat tip, Mr. Weedwacker)