Earlier today I saw painted very neatly on a sidewalk corner “GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE PHONE AND HOLD IT UP”. I personally will only carry around my old stupid phone that is just a phone and not a pocket computer. I limit my computer use to my rent controlled apartment I’ve now lived in for 53 years; haven’t changed it much so there’s not much new there but out in the NYC streets there’s always something new which is why I love living in the city and don’t want my head in a phone(computer) when I go out. People actually ride bicycles in NYC traffic while using their phones!
Some people only have their pocket and home computers but they are not to be lauded for giving up TV as it’s on their pocket computer phone. My daughter loves watching TV on her I-pod while doing housework, or in her spare time at work or during the day. I can’t criticize her as she’s a working wife and mother.
But as far as mounting any kind of challenge to the now untenable capitalist system that has been failing worldwide for decades and must continue destroying the human race in order to survive… any kind of effective challenge will mean enough people getting their heads out of the phone and holding them and a clenched fist up.
Socialism is not only the only cure it is now a choice between socialism and death.
One can keep one’s head down in the phone and play it safe but the world is coming down around us. The best that can be hoped for, with increasing violence and suffering, is a total collapse of civilization into a new dark ages where capitalism will revert to gang and warlord rule. This can be hoped for while one enjoys the phone before that goes dark, for greater parts of the day, in the collapse that makes the use of weapons of mass destruction almost certain as different elites make desperate moves to keep power.
“Social inequality at this level, history has shown, always results in these types of pathologies and political distortions. It also, potentially, presages revolution.”
Revolution now or death later, take your pick. ‘‘Those who fight, may lose. Those who don’t fight have already lost!’’ – Che Guevara
But by all means “GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE PHONE”!