Where Is the World Going?

The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. I’m stealing the opening of Lord of the Rings. For none now who live will remember it. Except for all the people who has seen the movie or read  the books. So, the whole world basically.

There was Hitler. There was Stalin. There was Mussolini. There was countless other historical assholes that are not as well known for their equally not so nice deeds to the world. My thought is this; What if powerful dictators in the future would use even more advanced technology than we have today to achieve even greater power than the dictators from history that we used to fear?

In one of PewDiePie’s videos (I don’t know if I should be ashamed for watching his videos everyday BUT I’M NOT!!) he tested an eye tracker. He watched random videos on the internet and the eye tracker showed PewDiePie’s viewers exactly where on the screen he was looking. Now, put that in the context of propaganda. Forgive my possibly childish imagination, but picture that people had to watch propaganda videos and if they didn’t look at the screen, or if they looked at the wrong thing on the screen, they would get punished. It’s probably and hopefully not a realistic scenario, but i think it’s important to think about it at least.

What if a dictator felt like dealing with opposition by getting some people to hack the self driving car being used by someone who is a threat? One lethal car accident later and the problem is gone. Spying on people with nano sized robot flies (it’s a thing, Google it) would be the easiest thing ever for the dictator to do. Artificially creating your face and make you say things that you have never even said to trick the public to think it’s actually you saying those things (Google Obama Peele DeepFake) would be a perfect tool for propaganda.

George Orwell’s 1984 is my nightmare and I feel like; Technology + Orwellian society = 1984 on steroids. Maybe I’m exaggerating, please tell me and correct me if I do. I just wished that I didn’t have to think in these ways because I’m actually amazed and very interested in where technology is going. It could take us to a place that would be defined as paradise. You never know, maybe nothing too bad happens. It’s impossible to predict.

I just can’t let go of these horrible possibilities. Human cruelty is chaos when it’s set free.

Colourless Walls by Andreas Blaustein

”Every single time I smile, my lips crack open and bleed. Every single time I’m laughing, it ends up in a cough.

 

Comedy is an extremely powerful thing. People can laugh, even for just a moment, while living in any kind of misery and in that one soaring moment you get a relief from all your troubles. Imagine being afraid to smile. Imagine being afraid to laugh. There’s no chance for relief. That is how I personally feel in society today. We work for companies that doesn’t care at all about us and yet we form our whole lives around them. We wake up inhumanely early in the morning by a screaming alarm clock to spend our day breaking our knees, back and mind for people who would gladly make us do it all for free if they could. And yet we give at least eight hours a day and at least five days a week for them. And what do we do with the salary? We spend it either on mundane things like bills, or on pointless things like anything containing sugar.

What are we left with? Not happiness.

My question is essentially this; is anybody truly satisfied with their lives?

8448 by Andreas Blaustein

Here is my album called 8448. Listen and enjoy! Further down the page you can read more about my vision for 8448.

Technically, this is a political hip hop album but that description is only scratching the surface. It is absolutely influenced by political events but it is not about them. 8448 is about how I feel about the political events. It has left me with feelings like anxiety, hopelessness and fear. I’ve been obsessed of thinking about horrible possible outcomes of the present. Thoughts that has only fed itself up for every passing day. While trying to manage all these thoughts and feelings I also have a job to worry about and, even worse, a regular life to maintain.

None of this has been easy.

There are two books that has helped me better understand the world. Those two books are 1984 by George Orwell and 48 Laws of Power by Robert Green. Just by looking at the titles of those two books I think you can figure out how I got the idea for the title of my album. While working on 8448 I have been able to vent all the rot inside me and transform it into something positive. Something meaningful. Something I know that so many other people also feel.

Andreas Blaustein

#OPRAH2020

You have probably heard that Oprah Winfrey is allegedly considering running for president of the United States. Whether that is true or not is not exactly what I will write about. I will write about what I think about how people are reacting to this since I think it’s a very important discussion.

Look, we all know what Donald is like. He is so bad at what he does that he makes George W. Bush look pretty good. That’s how bad he is. And we got Donald right after Barack Obama, which was a huge contrast. One interesting thing about Donald though, is that he had no political experience at all. Which has, when you think about it, changed the game. Other people that has no political experience has realized that maybe they can do it too. The presidency looks more reachable, but also less serious. It’s a serious issue if people lose faith in the presidency, or for any leadership. If nobody believes in the leadership of a country for a long enough time it spells out revolution and revolutions are a gamble because nobody knows what will happen at the end of such a campaign.

On the other hand, which one is better. Oprah Winfrey or Donald ? Even though Oprah has no political experience at least she does not spread or encourage hate, polarize or lie. If she ran for president I believe she could win. Easily. She could give everybody something to believe in just by her name and that could be a cure for the polarized population of the United States. She could restore the respect for the presidency. She could encourage people to have some faith in their country again. If she did all these things, maybe that’s temporarily enough. Maybe what created Donald Trump will be his doom and the saviour of the current situation of the United States.

Still, I am worried about the whole thing. What if a bunch of unqualified celebrities suddenly run for president alongside actual politicians and one of the celebrities win? What if that celebrity does a terrible job? What if that celebrity becomes a dictator? I know these thoughts might be exaggerations, but if you think about it, two of the three things I mentioned has already happened. If the undermining of a leader position continues and grows, then who knows what it will be like in thirty years? I can only see bad outcomes. But for the urgent present, just to repair what has been broken, maybe we need someone like Oprah Winfrey.

Or do we?

Obviously, Oprah Winfrey would be a better president than Donald if you put them against each other. And a professional politician would be a better president than Oprah Winfrey if you put them against each other. We can not give in to the desperation that Donald has created and put wishful thoughts above common sense.

Politics should never be enternainment.

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