Snyder (2018). Cybercolony USA.

Snyder, T. D. (2018). Cybercolony USA. Retrieved from

[0:01:10] “And that’s what I mean, by the way, by being cyber-colonized. That things that are happening out in a world where no one cares about you are, in fact, affecting the things that you care about and the people that you care about.”

[0:04:08] “… in the 70s, 80s, and into the 90s, we were all still pretty much living in the real world. We spent most of our time with our eyes on the world rather than our eyes on the screen.”

[0:06:01] “According to a survey done last year the average American spends more than ten and a half hours a day looking at a screen. … So we spend an average of ten and a half hours a day looking at screens. That’s most of our waking hours. That means we’re not living in this three-dimensional world anymore. We’re living in a different world. We’re living in a world of cyber. We’re living in a world where all of a sudden emotions, psychological states, matter more than the real world. When we’re in the cyber-world, when we’re looking at screen, we’re being affected by direct attempts to reach to the parts of our brains which have to do with happiness, which have to do with addiction, which have to do with the things that we already think with our prior convictions.”

[0:07:33] “Technology is now about universally available tricks on cyber which allow pretty much everybody to get into pretty much everybody else’s mind.”

[0:08:50] “… operations which are carried out largely by way of networks of bots which manage to change the climate of opinion very quickly so that humans end up doing things that they certainly weren’t going to do otherwise.”

[0:09:34] “Because in the real world, right, in the three-dimensional world that we have to live in, in which we have to raise our children, in which the future will actually take place, the memo is nothing.”

[0:11:39] “This creates a sense that there are actually human beings out there demanding that this thing happened. Most of the time there aren’t in fact human beings demanding this. The news networks cover this as though it was a story. And then real people start to talk about it as though it’s something real. All that’s happening though is that cyber-experts who have gained the algorithms on Twitter have figured out how to make something trend. That’s all that’s happened, right? Nothing’s happening that’s real, and yet it’s changing the real world.”

[0:12:13] “This is what I mean by cyber-to-human. Human beings are doing what the robots want them to do, rather than the other way around. This is also what I mean by becoming a cyber-colony. If what happens in your politics is determined by somebody else’s cyber warfare, right, if what happens in your own federal government, if what your president does at the end of the day is determined by somebody else’s cyber warfare, you’ve not only lost the war you’re in the process of being colonized.”

[0:15:32] “… we’re talking about now the cold hand of the robots. They don’t care about you, they don’t care about the real world, right, they’re not real. … And we have to struggle then, right, and this is in a way the point, we have to struggle after a basic human event — after the death of children — we have to struggle to stay in the real world because of things that are happening in the unreal world.”

[0:16:36] “… I think, well, this is a bit like a colonization. This is a bit like an occupation. This is a little bit like what happened to France in 1940 and in the early 1940s. You lose a war, it takes you a while to realize that you’ve lost a war, you normalize what’s happened. The French in the 1940s — they didn’t look at Vichy and say this is some kind of foreign government, they said this is ours. … We prefer not to think about the fact that we lost. We prefer to think that what’s happening as normal and as we think that way we normalize it and then we don’t notice the continuing costs — above all the continuing moral costs …”

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