They have become our virtual parents, and it seems our existence is ingrained in these two phenomena.
‘Consumerism’ is our new religion; it is our God.
We live in a ‘throw away’ society where our garbage, which is accumulated in our lifetimes,
Endsup in landfill sites.
Nowadays most people aspire to be ‘Actors’ or ‘Actresses’, or worse, ‘Singers’; very few desire to be much else.
Enter the realm of ‘YouTube’ and you will be in for a surprise by what you witness: Lady Gaga has more than 60,000,000 views on just one of her songs, while Benoit Mandelbrot, a great Mathematician and inventor of ‘Fractals’, barely manages 30,000 views.
I once challenged a friend to post something ‘Intelligent’ on his Facebook wall, a quote of Albert Einstein or Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and surprisingly there was not one ‘Like’ against it.
But when instead he put a picture of a naked ‘sexy’ woman, many people ‘liked’it. And left comments. It was incredible!
We are virtual prisoners of the planet ‘Facebook’, never really interacting
Big Brother is very busy these days, thanks to Social Networking sites like Facebook; they know what we feel, think, like, and who we associate with.
There is no more privacy; this concept is long dead and buried, like the Dinosaurs.
Consumerism dictates now, and it’s everywhere.
We are bombarded with Big Business’s own version of the ‘Ten Commandments’, and it’s slightly different to the original of the one God gave to Moses, and it goes something like this:
1) Thou shalt NOT save.
2) Thou shalt buy goods forever.
3) Thou shalt NOT revolt.
4) Thou shalt work hard to spend more.
5) Thou shalt NOT strive to be self-sufficient.
6) Thou shalt consume in excess.
7) Thou shalt obey Big Businesses.
8) Thou shalt be submissive.
9) Thou shalt spend, spend, and spend.
10) Thou shalt continue to be fruitful and multiply, despite it being densely overpopulated.
…..The fact is that if you buy more and more products, you are considered to be a ‘Good Citizen’, but if you don’t, then you’re ‘Mentally Ill’.
Sadly, gone are the days when ‘Heroes and Legends’, and their names lived through the ages. Now, ‘Simon Cowell’ and ‘Lady Gaga’ have replaced them.
To conclude, these are the ‘Sign of the Times’ and we must continue on this path to wherever it leads us, to oblivion, most probably’.
But all is not lost, we still have our ‘ipods’, ‘iphones’ and ‘ipads’ to amuse, and keep us preoccupied.
Shahrokh Sharifrazy is A trained mathematician from the University of London..Shahrokh has been an accomplished teacher of Mathematics for a long time and is now full time journalist. He originally hails from Iran.
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