Getting into this box is what's best for both of us. During your time in the box, you will learn so much, and yet experience so little. It's a wild ride, my friend, one well worth the time spent...and let's face it, you don't have much to do these days anyway.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Not so different.

Have you ever played Half-Life 2?

Did you notice that the Gordon Freeman character has similarities to Snowden?

Not just in looks. The world of HL2 is impoverished and highly militarized, with spy and killer drones.

Not to mention relentless propaganda about how all of it is for their own good. And how 'citizen' means a compliant slave.

Then there is the part about how 'this lowly physicist' becomes impossible to catch in spite of universal surveillance, and how small cells of underground resistance can outflank far larger organized institutions.

At this moment Snowden is "Anti-Citizen One"
"Feeling it in your soul is where it starts. From there, it migrates to your daily thinking. And from thinking about it you start to change how you live your life. You become more deliberate, determined, relentless.

More ruthless.

You change things and you don't care who notices, because you must. And then suddenly the bad feeling passes. Because you recognize that you are no longer part of the problem but part of the solution. In this way we may all save ourselves, as each becomes first uneasy then thoughtful then deliberate. Maybe it will be enough, in the end. If not then at least we will have each learned how to deal with heartache, and how to go forward no matter what."

1 comment:

  1. Lol, that's quite the resemblance.

    If we're talking video games with similarities to what is happening though, I'd say Deus Ex (the centralization of information) and Metal Gear Solid 2 (GW trying to create context is not far off the Cathedral and its revisionist view of history)are certainly up there as well. Funny how well those games turned out en aw.