Imagine a world where George Orwell, Ayn Rand and Ray Bradbury had collective control of The Human Remote (see Figures 12.1 and 17.2). The Homo sapiens dystopia would be complete with brainwashing clinics, assisted suicide spas and hidden stashes of synthetic candy. They have complete control, mind you. The Remote sees all, knows all, and controls all. It’s like Bono, in that sense.
Assume for the purposes of our thought experiment that we no longer have free will. You may believe this already. We have become droids, devoid of sex hormones and/or personal gumption – EXCEPT, of course, for the few lucky protagonists who are enlightened enough to live the reality of their own society’s hell-hole. Just for now, let’s assume that the only two non-droid, hormonal, cocky bastards on earth are: you. And me.
Now, who would rule our wonderful little hornet’s nest?
We need at least two – just shy of a monarchical system, but not so bold as to attempt oligarchy. Two is perfect, and just the right number for perpetuating the world’s obsession with Cartesian thought processes.
How about…. Rupert Murdoch and J.K. Rowling?
Why Rupert Murdoch, the media tycoon, who has assets in more companies than the Old Woman in the Shoe had children? He does business in portraying world events. And why J.K. Rowling? If you don’t already know of her business in portraying imaginative landscapes, I’m impressed that you found your way to the world wide web. In short, one influences how we think about the world. And the other just influences how we think. Who could be better at complete mind control?
Figure 4.3 – The Dynamic Duo
In the spirit of Plato’s Republic, let’s set up our theoretical society where Murdoch and Rowling sit on their golden thrones. We will give them complete control. They have The Remote. They have the all access pass to our brains, psyches, and super-sub-subconscious thoughts.
The paradox here is that, although literary giants ruled our lands, the cities and towns would be overwrought with “firemen” set on burning any written word, right down to the last kindergarten art project. In this world, we would only be allowed to watch Fox News. The word “muggle” would be incorporated into our vernacular, referring to those who sport bumper stickers on their Subaru’s or choose not to get involved in quasi-moralistic battles of magic on the lawns of ancient Scottish castles. When we weren’t thinking conservative thoughts, we would go on flights of fancy in our heads, zooming over Wall Street on imagined broomsticks.
We would of course sip Butterbeer on cold evenings while discussing the Tea Party, and our children (if droids can have children) would all listen attentively while polishing their wands. I mean gavels. Wand-gavels. Some society members could make propaganda posters out of these idealized family fun evenings. The children, as well as ourselves, would all be named after illustrious members of the Order of the Phoenix, or alternatively, after Australian marsupials. Combination names or nicknames (i.e. “Koala McKinnon” or “Molly Wallaby”) would also be acceptable. The society would perpetuate itself, us droids would somehow make little droids, and the Murdoch-Rowling corporation would reign eminent over the land.
Figure 17.2 – Ayn Rand dooming us all to a twisted purgatory
As for you and me, we have only a few options: A) Secretly rent a single-room apartment to hide out in on Sunday afternoons, B) Dig a very big tunnel shelter, or C) Run away into the last forest on earth.