Marshall McLuhan predicted "the Future of Man in the Electric Age" back in a 1965 interview (as well as throughout his life's work). I recently made a video examining (editing) his interview, and juxtaposing his work with images and audio from the Other end of the Electric Age.. Hopefully it does a good job elucidating… Continue reading Revisiting McLuhan through the lens of the Electric Age
https://youtu.be/Tc917jhZmvc Is tech really making our lives easier? All technology is at first, purely voluntary. Accessible to early adopters. But as society, behaviors, and attitudes are further built upon and shaped by that technology, it eventually becomes mandatory Cars Before: you walked, rode a horse/buggy Early stage: Few cars, still voluntary Mature Stage: Roads built,… Continue reading Technology: Voluntary or Mandatory?
Perhaps the answer to the science fiction questions of Artificial Intelligence - whether it will at some point, become self-aware and ultimately destroy and dispose of us - and the proper response to the rampantly accelerating implementation of automated machines which are overtaking formerly human-held tasks, jobs, and occupations; is to be found by looking… Continue reading AI & God: as Ab0ve, s0 Be10w…
We're a long way from 1995 - the year in which "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski's social critique Industrial Society and its Future was published in The New York Times and The Washington Post. The essay asserts that Industry, Technology, and the societies it has produced, "have been a disaster for the human race."
Has technology and modern life driven you to feelings of isolation, discontentment, or powerlessnes, or at a loss for words at the existential dread that has all but consumed you?? Interested in talking about these issues, grounded in practical philosophy and reason, and discuss the experiences and trials of confronting the human spirit? For one… Continue reading New Meeting! Thurs 5pm in Venice Beach
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In 1995, an essay was written and released under the authorship of FC, "Freedom Club." The essay, Industrial Society & its Future, described the contemporary societal dynamics and social atmosphere, as well as prophetically prognosticating about the future of the industrial-technological societies in which we live. The circumstances and context of the essay are so… Continue reading AUDIOBOOK: Industrial Society & Its Future
Episode 3 of The Unists podcast is up and running on YouTube as we speak! In this episode, Nick sits down with Rachel again to FINALLY, for the first time in video and podcast forms, discuss what the hell Unism is!! While regular visitors to our site, events or meetings can enjoy this episode as… Continue reading Watch Episode 3 of the Unists Podcast!
Think your job won't be affected by the dawn of Artificial Intelligence? Think Again! Listen to Unism member Nick's newest episode of "The Unists" Podcast, now available on YouTube! Nick sat down with two left-leaning, socialist individuals who reached out to The Unists, and they discussed AI through the lens of a YouTube video which… Continue reading Watch Episode 2 of the Unists Podcast!
Generally speaking, the goals of today’s leftists are NOT in conflict with the accepted morality. On the contrary, the left takes an accepted moral principle, adopts it as its own, and then accuses mainstream society of violating that principle. Examples: racial equality, equality of the sexes, helping poor people, peace as opposed to war, nonviolence generally, freedom of expression, kindness to animals. Leftists, especially those of the oversocialized type, usually do not rebel against these principles but justify their hostility to society by claiming (with some degree of truth) that society is not living up to these principles.
Revolutions are easy. Revolutions are the exciting, marketable part of new societies. Everyone wants to be in the streets with their fellow man, tearing down systems of oppression. But if history has taught us anything, by way of the Russian Revolution of 1917 (from tsarism to totalitarianism and then Stalinism), the French Revolution of 1789… Continue reading The Morning After
Adam Curtis strikes gold again with Hypernormalisation, a frighteningly insightful analysis of our current age, how we got here, and a hint of where we are going. He is able to highlight the circumstances of our modernity and the people who are able to manipulate and exploit those circumstances for their own gain. Weaving together… Continue reading Hypernormalisation – A MUST SEE Documentary
In this very first episode of the Unism podcast, we hear about the 2016 Presidential election, the current political landscape, and how Unism transcends it - Not through some new age hippie rhetoric, but through a fundamental, universal code: do to others what you would have done to you. From this starting point, the hosts lay out the implications of this foundational principle, and how it can be used to steer the course of humankind towards total global and inner peace.
Hello world! In our second official Call To Inaction - our term for a concerted, repeating avoidance of a product, service, or activity - we are addressing a realm that will require much attention in the coming month's posts: the Internet. In 2016, hardly any of us actually stop and take time out of our day… Continue reading Call To Inaction #2
Here's an amazing video from one of our favorite cultural critics, Charlie Brooker, in his excellent BBC2 television series, "How TV Ruined Your Life" (don't say that it didn't, it DID!) In this episode, titled and addressing "Aspiration," Brooker shows how our lives have been shaped by the excesses we see paraded in front of… Continue reading How TV Ruined Your Life: Aspiration
An essay which holds incredible significance and insight into understanding our current system and its failings (for the individual and the communities comprised thereof), was written in the mid-1990's. Since that time, the concepts of industrial dominance, automation, and their connection to ever-increasing societal distresses addressed in it have only grown in severity and occurrence, spread in… Continue reading Industrial Society and Its Future
Craigslist is amazing. Back in the early 2000's, Craigslist was like the Silk Road of the 7th Century - or even the darkweb Silk Road of the early 2010's - in that it seemed to offer an intersection for people of every walk of life, seeking to swap everything humans could ever imagine transacting. No… Continue reading Are You A Ghost Using The Internet? Part 1