Blockchain Technology – The Last Refuge of Book People

“Memory in the digital age is entirely forgettable and utterly useless.” - Jeff Einstein

I remember a virtual conversation with a former colleague about blockchain technology a year or two ago. I told him I thought it might someday make a good technological refuge for rogue subcultures like the book people of Fahrenheit 451, as a possible means for them to protect their integrity and autonomy against the algorithmic onslaught of a Brave New Digital World. Fade out.

Fade in. Today I read an article in DigitalNewsDaily, Unilever Unveils Blockchain, Threatens Billions in Ad Spendabout how Unilever’s new blockchain-driven ad buying technology would compel Google and Facebook to clean up their respective advertising environments. Here’s my comment:

“Facebook and Google will take extraordinary pains to clean up their respective acts, most likely because Unilever won’t be the only major advertiser to deploy the same technology for the same reasons.

“File this one in the no-good-deed-goes-unpunished drawer in the be-careful-what-you-wish-for cabinet. While Unilever’s goals to clean up the ad environment may sound laudable (at least as laudable as a $10 billion dollar ad budget can sound), the unintended consequences of wholesale purification of any environment (virtual or real) are chilling at best.

“As the late great media ecologist Neal Postman once said about Brave New World in Amusing Ourselves to Death:

What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.

“Likewise, in the Brave New Digital World, freedom of speech is rendered inert when there’s nothing worthwhile left to discuss. In the Brave New Digital World we’ve already achieved diversity of everything except thought. How can it possibly be otherwise when 90% of the commercial media ecosphere is owned by only six companies — all of whom will likely offer their own blockchain final solutions to purify the ad environment (our environment)?”

How can it possibly be otherwise when more than 90% of all digital advertising money is already spent on Google and Facebook?

I stand by my original comment from a couple of years ago: Blockchain technologies will be the last technological refuge for book people.

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Uncommon Sense: Introduction to Foundation Myths of The Brave New Digital Church

“Yesterday, your opium dreams belonged to you. Today, they belong to everyone else. Social media are the opium dens of the 21st century.” - Jeff Einstein

All religions have their creation stories and foundation myths. The Brave New Digital Church is no exception…

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Uncommon Wisdom: Skepticism

“Political correctness is the Frankenstein monster resurrected from the body parts of humor and proportion.” - Jeff Einstein

Skeptical about skepticism?

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Uncommon Wisdom: Exhale

“Leisure time evaporated the moment we repackaged and sold digital office productivity tools as consumer gadgets.” - Jeff Einstein

It’s all in the exhale…

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Uncommon Wisdom: Gratitude

“The scoundrels on Wall Street, the scoundrels in government and the scoundrels in academia are all the same scoundrels at different stages of their careers.” - Jeff Einstein

Want more? Try appreciating what you already have first…

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Uncommon Sense: Digital Foundation Myth 1 – Democratization of Media

“Addiction is a flight from spirituality.” - Jeff Einstein

Apparently, more printing presses do not translate into greater democratization of media…

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Follow the Money: Campaign Finance Reform

“Captain Kangaroo, the Children’s Television Workshop and Sesame Street taught generations of kids their 2+2s and ABCs, but what they really did was teach them how to watch TV and set the stage for 24/7 cable news.” - Jeff Einstein
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Fearless in Sun Valley. Titans of freedom on the job…

By Jeff Einstein

Everyone tells us to follow the money. If we really want to know who the power brokers are, we need to follow the money fearlessly, see where it ends up and speak truth to power. Right?

Not even close. At least not in the Carrollean world of campaign finance reform, a classic misdirect from the political and media elite who want us to believe that who can buy influence is somehow more important than the influence being sold.

Since when is where the money comes from more important than where it winds up? It ain’t like the campaign dollars terminate in the pockets of crooked politicians. Some undoubtedly do, but most campaign dollars buy media these days. So no matter where the dollars come from, they almost always end up in the very deep pockets of the same global media dealers. The presidential election battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was a battle between a scandal-plagued congenital liar and a billionaire reality-TV buffoon: a spectacular, personality-driven TV drama worth billions to the captains of media, but ruinous to what little remains of our democracy. That’s show biz.

Follow the money and we end up at the Annual Allenco Sun Valley Conference, where media and entertainment titans parrot meaningless platitudes like freedom of the press, transparency and the digital divide while they collude in broad daylight on everything but.

Follow the money and we end up in a Rocky Mountain spa full of media and technology giants with immense bankrolls and reams of common interest — all closed to the press, or at least any press not bankrolled by the by the media and technology giants in the room. Apparently, there’s a reason why those in the room prefer the focus outside the room to remain on where the money comes from instead of where the money always seems to wind up: in the pockets of the guys currently in the room.

This is what happens when we entrust our most valued institutions to television and other screen technologies:

  • “Stay tuned,” replaces education.
  • “Stay tuned,” replaces the dinner table.
  • “Stay tuned,” replaces an informed citizenry with sedated mobs.
  • Justice is not only not blind but is increasingly tribal and always for sale.
  • Democracy is reduced to fast food, antacid and toilet paper commercials.
  • The scoundrels on Wall Street, the scoundrels in Washington, D.C. and the scoundrels in academia are all the same scoundrels at different stages of their careers.

 

 

 

 

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Too Big to Fail — Conspiracy by Fiat

“The most enduring lesson to emerge from the liberation movements of the 1960s was crowd control.” - Jeff Einstein
AllenCo-Conspirators arrive in Sun Valley to decide the fate (and price tag) of the free world...
AllenCo-Conspirators arrive in Sun Valley to decide the fate (and price tag) of the free world…

Each medium comes with inherent biases. The printing press, for instance, promotes linear thinking and reason. Electronic media promote distraction and emotion. Excerpted from my essay, The Rise of Fascism in a Brave New Digital World

Despite the self-serving commercial myths of those who profit most from digital media, the true bias of digital technology is neither personal empowerment nor freedom. The true bias of digital technology is the efficient and accelerated consolidation of institutional power and wealth among those institutions — corporations and government agencies alike — already far too powerful and far too wealthy. The real bias of digital technology benefits most those massive corporations and government agencies that singly and together already manage and manipulate terabytes of data each and every day.

The result is more conspiracy by fiat than design. Big government agencies and their big corporate counterparts all emerge bigger, wealthier and more powerful as the primary bias of digital technology to consolidate additional power and wealth among those already too powerful and too wealthy asserts itself each and every time they sit down to negotiate with each other. Conspiracy by design is simply no longer necessary when conspiracy by fiat satisfies the same ends and — conveniently — offers plausible deniability to everyone and accountability to no one.

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.”
— Benito Mussolini

What we call government regulation these days is in fact corporatism at work, little more than a tool-driven marriage of convenience among incestuous alumni of the same Ivy League MBA programs. Witness the fact that the financial institutions deemed too big to fail back in 2008 are — for the most part — twice the size and only half as accountable today, not in spite but precisely because of government regulation. Contrary to what the ruling elite of the Brave New Digital World tell us time and again, too big to fail isn’t the unfortunate result of our failure to plan. Too big to fail is the plan.

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Brave New Digital World – the live presentation

“Like the citizens of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, we are undone in the digital 21st century less by the things we fear, and more by the things we love and invite into our homes.” — Jeff Einstein

Join digital media pioneer turned Digital Apostate, Jeff Einstein, as he describes what happens to our time and money and freedom in the rise of a Brave New Digital World, a society ruled and controlled by a state-sanctioned meta-addiction to digital media and digital media devices.

Reserve your tickets below, and: “Be prepared: Jeff Einstein will challenge just about everything you think you know about both media and addiction.” — M Caro

 

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The Addiction Algorithm

“Seek out deliberate ways to simplify your life.” - Jeff Einstein

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Our lives in the digital 21st century are ruled by tens of thousands of digital algorithms. But here’s the one that matters most:

Chemical destiny minus meaningful ritual = addiction.

Here’s how it works, step by step:

  • We are wired for addiction by virtue of the simple fact that our brains are chemically motivated to pursue pleasure and avoid pain.
  • All of our time is spent in relationships with various people and things.
  • The rituals we build around each of the relationships in our lives dictate how, where and with whom we spend almost all of our time and money.
  • There are two kinds of ritual: meaningful (those that contribute to and promote our physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing), and self-serving (those that contribute to and promote our obsessions and addictions).
  • Over the past two generations, the institutions (family, meaningful labor, education and organized religion) that once championed meaningful ritual, moderation and common sense in our lives have been obliterated, marginalized or co-opted by a deliberate, corporatist onslaught of digital narcotics.
  • We all became hopelessly addicted to an endless supply of digital narcotics as the meaningful rituals in our lives were replaced by the rituals of our digital obsessions and addictions. By the early 21st century, addiction became the default social condition, the rule rather than the exception.

We now live in a Brave New Digital World, a society ruled and controlled by a state-sanctioned meta-addicti0n to all things media and all things digital. Like the citizens of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, we are undone in the digital 21st century less by the things we fear, and more by the things we love and invite into our homes and lives. In the end, our meta-addiction to all things media and all things digital steals our time and money and freedom — just like any other addiction to any other narcotic…

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