Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
Political comment. St George's Terrace, Battery Point. August 2011.
1) While the use of technology to enable mass production has engendered a number of serious spill on effects - i.e. the rapid expansion of population, the reliance on external energy sources and the creation of mass society - I am reasonably certain that pre-Industrial patterns of life like the (presumably) idealised agrarian might not have afforded the luxury of skipping your 10 am 101A Introduction to Government lecture to scribble some pseudo-anarchic commentary in public property. Certainly, if it did, the punishment for dissenting against the established order offered something of a deterrent.
2) We are already deep into a transformative phase whereby the industrial society (as found in Australia) is evolving into a post-industrial society. If steam power was the trigger for the shift from agricultural to industrial organisation, globalised information technology is driving the new transition. Like any birth, expect it to be painful. As someone who had the great fortune to exit school right as the key industry/ employer in my home-town of Burnie began the formal processes of de-industrialisation (i.e. sacking its workforce), people need to be careful when they pop the champagne corks and begin to jig upon the gravesite...
A question. Prince's Street, Sandy Bay. August 2011.