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Shilo Wallace ([personal profile] shilowallace) wrote2012-02-13 02:29 pm
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[archive] LJ Writer's Block: Luddites unite! - 03.31.10

from the diary of Shilo Wallace
So STOP READING NOW...that means you, DAD. It's not like I can't tell when the LOCK has been broken!!!

Are you worried about where technology will lead us? Do you think it's possible that civilization may someday turn away from technology altogether for the betterment of humankind?

I guess I can't say I'm worried, anymore, about where technology is leading anybody. I know it used to be a really big problem for everyone. Technology and the overabundance of it is what caused the plague, you know. Neuro-Overstimulation Syndrome. People used so many hi-tech items, so often, that their bodies couldn't handle the...well, overstimulation. As the name would imply. They got sick, their bodies stopped working properly. They needed to fix the organs that...I guess, essentially, shorted out, due to the electrical charges running through them. Thus, the plague. And this whole mess with GeneCo and blah, blah, blah. Everyone knows the rest. That's the boring part.

Our civilization already has turned away, partially at least, from the devices that caused such problems. That's why I'll never have an iPod, even though the really, really antique ones are totally cool looking. Anyway, I like my phonograph. And I guess it would be neat to have one of those vintage HUGE, clear, flat television sets, but my little one does the job just fine. So does my VCR, so does my video tapes.

I don't know, though, if it's always going to be like this. In my lifetime, I hope nothing changes. I worry, sometimes, that people (who seem to be so dumb about so many things) might think that they're safe from NOS because of GeneCo, who'll just "give" them the organs they need, if ever they need them. I'm worried that someone might think it's a good idea to bring back or reinvent or invent new devices that are just as powerful as the original causes of the plague, not taking into consideration that the "cheap", repossessed (and easily repossessible) organs are still just organs and just as susceptible to failure. I don't know if anyone realizes that, if we have another NOS outbreak, we're practically giving the world to GeneCo. Organs will become even more scarce. People will die and not just from the disease.

So, if everyone else wants to start using fancy music players and weird phones that you stick in your ear, that's fine. I'm going to stick to my records and my watch. Because I'm not ever going to have surgery for any reason, least of all something that's my own fault.

I just wish everyone would understand that. I'm so sick of people dying.