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Bleak Theology: Hopeful Science

The fate of MySpace is the fate of Babylon.

The trouble with convergence is that it does not merely destroy: it removes any value in the remaining business model, and leaves fields not fallow but radioactive. The Romans sowed fields with salt: the current progressive narrative is more destructive.

And when Babylon falls you are left with a wasteland. There is no joy, there is no activity: there is not even the wildlife that has returned to Chernobyl.

You can see this in the dead corners of the internet. I must have a Facebook account[1]. For the gym and for the kirk… and the wife needs one for her business. In NZ, that is where the commerce and activity is. (I know in the USA it has gone to Linkedin). But Facebook is a weapon exploited by the progressives, particularly the trolls in Human Resources.

But no one uses MySpace, and eventually no one will use Facebook or Twitter, for their policies are making them toxic.

Revelation 18:21-24

21Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, 
     “With such violence Babylon the great city 
          will be thrown down, 
          and will be found no more; 
22  and the sound of harpists and minstrels and of flutists and trumpeters 
          will be heard in you no more; 
     and an artisan of any trade 
          will be found in you no more; 
     and the sound of the millstone 
          will be heard in you no more; 
23  and the light of a lamp 
          will shine in you no more; 
     and the voice of bridegroom and bride 
          will be heard in you no more; 
     for your merchants were the magnates of the earth, 
          and all nations were deceived by your sorcery. 
24   And in you was found the blood of prophets and of saints, 
          and of all who have been slaughtered on earth.”

What happens to a city when it gets too degenerate? Again, skin in the game: the city I grew up with was beautiful and fun, but it went full progressive, and is now a multicultural, enriched, boring blob. The answer is Detroit: businesses leave because the cost of being there is greater than the benefits. And when the businesses go, the people follow.

This can occur because of “smart growth” policies that limit development, or taxes, or crime rate, or the risk. The city can fracture into various factions who then fight — as happened in Beirut.

Or the mines or factories give out and you realise that your city was a mill town, as happened in much of New England and Yorkshire.

On the internet, the further you are from the truth the less utility you have, and the more regulations you must make to protect the narrative.

As an aside, Facey asking for your nude photos is not a joke[2]. It is real.

Facebook is asking users to send the company naked photos and videos of themselves so that it can block the images if they are later uploaded as revenge porn.

A trial of the feature in Australia asks people worried that their intimate pictures might be posted by an ex partner to provide the images to Facebook, so that it knows to prevent them being uploaded in future. The trial is due to spread to the UK, US and Canada.

Facebook’s software would create a “hash” – a digital fingerprint of the photo – so it can be recognised the next time it is uploaded and automatically blocked. It hopes that pre-emptive action will prove better than deleting images only after they are reported, by which time the damage may have been done.

Facebook bans explicit images, and revenge porn can result in a prison sentence of up to two years in the UK, but it is still a major problem on the social network. Leaked documents this year revealed that the company sees 54,000 cases a month.

Julie Inman Grant, Australia’s e-Safety commissioner, said Facebook would not be permanently storing the images, but only the hashes, which are capable of blocking further attempts to upload the pictures but can not be decoded to produce the images.

Our governments are now enmeshed in a social media network that is more fluid than the oppression score of a social justice moronic warrior. Do not be that foolish. Back up your data yourself. And be not where the crowds are, or where the government can regulate you.

The corporation wants us to be one in thought, appearance and outcome and, as in Babylon, boring. But Babylon always falls.

  1. Friends only. Horizontal Profile. Do likewise.
  2. Better not to take them. If taken, delete from phone. Do not share.