Posted On: Monday - March 27th 2023 2:56PM MST
In Topics:   Music  China  The Future  Orwellian Stupidity  Bible/Religion  Female Stupidity  iEspionage
There may be gleaming bright trains, planes, and cities in China, but that title describes what I see for the future of the place. Peak Stupidity knows more about the Middle Kingdom than your average American, so we have commented extensively about the place. The reader ought to know that we try to be fair. We call out stupidity worldwide, most of it here in America, because WE LIVE HERE! Also, per our Peak Stupidity apology to our Chinese readers, we have had plenty of good things to say about the country, when it fits.
Our take on the quickly rising Orwellianism in China being that's being enabled by the amazing level of electronics/sensors/software of today's world is mostly contained in our 4-part review of the book We Have Been Harmonized by German writer Kai Strittmatter. See Part 1 - - Part 2 - - Part 3 and Part 4 . If you want to scare the BeJesus out of yourselves, read the book, not just the review.
Thanks to the commenter "Truth" on The Unz Review , I got to see the 5-minute video (shown below) that really drives home just a part of what's going on.
HBO's title is China’s "Social Credit System" Has Caused More Than Just Public Shaming. I'm glad someone gives a damn enough to make a video like this without extolling the system shown. Take a look:
Commenters on unz.com humorously compared what's going on in this village in China to the experience with Home Owners' Associations. Though they joke, they may understand this as I do, that with the use of the electronic systems, this is not just HOAs on steroids. This is 1984 II: Big Brother Strikes Harder.
This is what hard-core busybodying and do-gooding can come to. I don't think Miss Zhou Ai Ni is doing this just for the 50 bucks a month. That won't get you anywhere in China these days. No, Information Collector Zhou LIKES doing this.
You'll see what this is coming to near the end, when it comes to being able to buy (and I assume sell too). Well, Information Collector Zhou's neighbors don't have to wear bar codes on their foreheads, as we had thought would be the way of Revelation back in the 1980s and '90s. They don't even have to get an implanted chip, as far as I know. They just can't do much without that piece of iCrap iEspionage on them, in addition to dealing with the human espionage lady.
I understand the point of and reason for the existence of Equifax and the financial credit scores. Then, there came CarFax* with some scores on our cars, which I don't want much to do with. Now, the Chinese have social credit scores. Hey, I have been doing very well over the last 20 years with a financial credit score that reads: "- - - ". (No data.) I try to deal with local friendly mechanics who don't care about my CarFax. (If you're not planning on selling the car, it seems an intrusion into my privacy.)
From an encounter with the usual problem neighbor recently, I see I might have a problem keeping a social credit score of more than 400, using about the same scale as Equifax (and the others). How does one live with a low one of those? You're gonna be hungry. You'd have to live in cave in Yunnan with the Kung Flu bats in order to maintain dashes.
At 2:03: “Now in our community, neighbors get along very well. There are no fights.” Yes, everyone's got it bottled in nicely. Everything will be all nice and serene, in these villages ... till it isn't. One episode of the old 1990s comedy Seinfeld covered this. Lloyd Braun explains the future of China, if this stuff continues:
BTW, I didn't see subtitles at that spot, but I swear I heard this busybody Big Sister's name as Zhou Ai Ni. How appropriate is that! The given name (last 2 syllables) mean "I love you." Yes, they all love you, Big Sister Zhou. Sure, that's why they're smiling. It's not because this may as well been a particular one of those Twilight Zone episodes come to life.
To end the post, how about some music? Just in case you somehow missed the better of the1980s pop music (what, were you not born yet or something? That's no excuse!), here is the song from which our post title was taken.
The band had a clever name - Timbuk 3. This song from their 1986 debut album Greetings from Timbuk3 was this American band's only hit. Timbuk 3 was not your usual pop band at all, officially consisting (at the time of this album) of the husband and wife duo Pat and Barbara MacDonald.
* Dang! There's ANOTHER post I meant to write.