Information Slaves Who’s Life Is It?
<ul><li>As a business coach I figured out that few people are prepared for life as an entrepreneur: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>But then I realised that this is true for much of modern living </li></ul><ul><li>We are not well prepared to  cre...
<ul><li>Humans, like all other living beings, are creatures of  habit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Whatever we do we get better a...
<ul><li>Market Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Political Spin </li></ul><ul><li>Pop Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Video Games </...
<ul><li>Moreover, the more we are programmed, the more easily we accept being programmed </li></ul><ul><li>Once we are pro...
<ul><li>Where has all the  free time  gone? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Play school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Day care, after-s...
<ul><li>How do you create play from scratch? </li></ul><ul><li>When do you find time to create yourself? </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>Educational programming is always  experimental </li></ul><ul><li>But it can take a generation to see the results ...
<ul><li>Coming out of school most people are fairly well prepared to  take orders  from a boss: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Line...
<ul><li>Marketing directors know more about you than you do </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Market surveys figure you out with demog...
<ul><li>“ The  truth  (?)– you can’t  handle  the  truth !” </li></ul><ul><li>Big Bother’s Double-speak </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>Celebrity worship and idolatry </li></ul><ul><li>Titans rise and fall, we cheer them coming and jeer them going </...
<ul><li>A child watches 30 hours per week, i.e. more than time spent in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>It fills the void ...
<ul><li>They play fast and loose with our family values, race, religion, education and social class, pitting one against a...
<ul><li>Media bias does not escape tribalism </li></ul><ul><li>The  superficial  passes for  analytical </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>In a sea of data, where is  wisdom ? </li></ul><ul><li>Slave to the machine </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive to what ...
<ul><li>Brain drain training </li></ul><ul><li>Simulates (and stimulates) drug effects such as endorphins </li></ul><ul><l...
<ul><li>Porn programs a false image of humanity within all of us </li></ul><ul><li>It has subtle but real and inescapable ...
<ul><li>Music and music videos  – variety and moderation in all things - until the artists and producers lose touch with t...
<ul><li>Booze and Drugs  – we  are  drugs, and sometimes we are chemically out of balance </li></ul><ul><li>For some users...
<ul><li>Pharmaceutical companies may have a program for you –  ask your doctor </li></ul><ul><li>So do dealers and their p...
<ul><li>Sex  – in itself, can’t complain, but like anything else, it can be used as a substitute for the things in life th...
<ul><li>Do we really question the  value  of technological progress? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the tech world, it seems tha...
<ul><li>It seems as though progress can only be measured in terms of  technology </li></ul><ul><li>If technology has not c...
<ul><li>Society puts a lot of pressure on people to buy into the latest fashions in  pop culture : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>C...
<ul><li>Is having more  things  going to make you more  happy ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More money? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
<ul><li>New lottery winners soon long for their simpler days and friends they could depend on </li></ul><ul><li>People rec...
<ul><li>We are  social  beings </li></ul><ul><li>Our whole society could be partying and parading down the wrong road </li...
<ul><li>On top of all of this environment of “ busyness ” there are all those shared  assumptions  that no one questions a...
<ul><li>We forget that our ancient ancestors lived their lives with very little </li></ul><ul><li>Before electricity they ...
<ul><li>Yet they laughed, they sang and danced, told stories and had good lives </li></ul><ul><li>They loved and were love...
<ul><li>Ideas don’t extinguish entirely on their own, even when they no longer serve an obvious purpose </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>The appeal of horses did not disappear when automobiles were introduced </li></ul><ul><li>Anxiety about the start ...
<ul><li>These are ideas that you carry with you though no one in particular, and no institution, has programmed them into ...
<ul><li>You are the sum total of the active programming, shared assumptions, the vestigial notions,  and  what you make of...
<ul><li>You are nothing completely original except the composite whole </li></ul><ul><li>You are your own creation from al...
<ul><li>You are also what you passively  allow  yourself to be </li></ul><ul><li>Who writes  your  script? </li></ul><ul><...
<ul><li>Though it often may seem that you have been cranked out of a modern machine, you do remain in control </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>It is  your  life </li></ul><ul><li>My life is  mine </li></ul><ul><li>May we help make each other stronger and be...
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  1. 1. Information Slaves Who’s Life Is It?
  2. 2. <ul><li>As a business coach I figured out that few people are prepared for life as an entrepreneur: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As a child your parents tell you what to do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As a student your teachers tell you what to do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As an employee your boss tells you what to do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When do you get a chance to learn and practice what you alone want to do? </li></ul></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  3. 3. <ul><li>But then I realised that this is true for much of modern living </li></ul><ul><li>We are not well prepared to create ourselves </li></ul><ul><li>We are programmed to adopt other people’s values, ideas and lifestyles </li></ul><ul><li>Who is programming us? </li></ul><ul><li>How are they programming us? Why? </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  4. 4. <ul><li>Humans, like all other living beings, are creatures of habit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Whatever we do we get better at </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If we play, we get better at playing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If we procrastinate, then we get better at procrastinating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If we choose our habits, then we get better at choosing habits </li></ul></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  5. 5. <ul><li>Market Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Political Spin </li></ul><ul><li>Pop Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Video Games </li></ul><ul><li>School </li></ul><ul><li>Work </li></ul><ul><li>Television </li></ul><ul><li>Web Serfdom </li></ul><ul><li>Pornography </li></ul><ul><li>The “News” </li></ul><ul><li>Escapism </li></ul><ul><li>Define Progress </li></ul><ul><li>Define Happiness </li></ul><ul><li>Fashion </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  6. 6. <ul><li>Moreover, the more we are programmed, the more easily we accept being programmed </li></ul><ul><li>Once we are programmed, we are programmed to be programmed </li></ul><ul><li>It just gets easier and easier to program us! </li></ul><ul><li>We get better at being programmed </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Where has all the free time gone? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Play school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Day care, after-school care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Little league </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Music and dance class </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Kids don’t get much chance to learn how to manage free time </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  8. 8. <ul><li>How do you create play from scratch? </li></ul><ul><li>When do you find time to create yourself? </li></ul><ul><li>Programming leaves little to the imagination </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Educational programming is always experimental </li></ul><ul><li>But it can take a generation to see the results – for better or for worse, and errors can last a lifetime </li></ul><ul><li>What are students being programmed for? </li></ul><ul><li>What do students actually learn? </li></ul><ul><li>Is social behaviour in decay? </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  10. 10. <ul><li>Coming out of school most people are fairly well prepared to take orders from a boss: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lines of authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work programming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job descriptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reward systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conventional wisdom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standardization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate culture and politics </li></ul></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  11. 11. <ul><li>Marketing directors know more about you than you do </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Market surveys figure you out with demographics and psychographics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Market strategies are designed to evade your psychological defences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advertising hypnotizes and programs you to buy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subliminal messages penetrate your psyche </li></ul></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  12. 12. <ul><li>“ The truth (?)– you can’t handle the truth !” </li></ul><ul><li>Big Bother’s Double-speak </li></ul><ul><li>Spin doctors: “in other words…” </li></ul><ul><li>Pundits – “what he said was…” </li></ul><ul><li>Shock-jocks – “The president is a #&@*! ” </li></ul><ul><li>Who do you believe? </li></ul><ul><li>How much is your vote worth? </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  13. 13. <ul><li>Celebrity worship and idolatry </li></ul><ul><li>Titans rise and fall, we cheer them coming and jeer them going </li></ul><ul><li>“ Reality” TV is contrived and manipulative (s/b Irony TV ) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Get a life – a real life” </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  14. 14. <ul><li>A child watches 30 hours per week, i.e. more than time spent in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>It fills the void while creating the delusion of rest and recreation </li></ul><ul><li>Channel surfing </li></ul><ul><li>Formulaic serial programming </li></ul><ul><li>There are just so many better ways to pass the time and develop personal potential! </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  15. 15. <ul><li>They play fast and loose with our family values, race, religion, education and social class, pitting one against another… </li></ul><ul><li>For social progress or for controversy and ratings? </li></ul><ul><li>“ Infotainment ” spins truth for fun and for profit </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  16. 16. <ul><li>Media bias does not escape tribalism </li></ul><ul><li>The superficial passes for analytical </li></ul><ul><li>Does reporting lead or follow public interest? </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>In a sea of data, where is wisdom ? </li></ul><ul><li>Slave to the machine </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive to what end? </li></ul><ul><li>The web has no beginning or end, no start line and no destination </li></ul><ul><li>Another six hours you’ll never get back? </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  18. 18. <ul><li>Brain drain training </li></ul><ul><li>Simulates (and stimulates) drug effects such as endorphins </li></ul><ul><li>Is this really something you want to take years out of your life to master? </li></ul><ul><li>Also see “ Skinner Box ” </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  19. 19. <ul><li>Porn programs a false image of humanity within all of us </li></ul><ul><li>It has subtle but real and inescapable impacts on the images and self-images of both woman and men </li></ul><ul><li>We are just animals - a smart species that, ironically, seems almost as satisfied with pictures as with the real thing </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  20. 20. <ul><li>Music and music videos – variety and moderation in all things - until the artists and producers lose touch with their own humanity and start dragging youth down before they’ve been able to find their own way up </li></ul><ul><li>Some are poor role models who would sell their humanity for fame and fortune </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  21. 21. <ul><li>Booze and Drugs – we are drugs, and sometimes we are chemically out of balance </li></ul><ul><li>For some users the pain is killed, dreads are buried, or problems forgotten </li></ul><ul><li>Others achieve a low functioning balance in which they are left insensitive to the many subtle things that give one self-esteem and personal strength </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Pharmaceutical companies may have a program for you – ask your doctor </li></ul><ul><li>So do dealers and their pushers! (Don’t ask) </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Sex – in itself, can’t complain, but like anything else, it can be used as a substitute for the things in life that you don’t know how to get, like your parents’ approval </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the last count on the number of products that are sold with sex-appeal ? </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Do we really question the value of technological progress? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the tech world, it seems that faster and smaller are just always better </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The latest is the greatest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If its older than five years, its obsolete – not cool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you can use your fingers on it then its too big </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does tech progress lead to human progress? </li></ul></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  25. 25. <ul><li>It seems as though progress can only be measured in terms of technology </li></ul><ul><li>If technology has not changed, then we have made no progress </li></ul><ul><li>What does any other kind of progress look like? </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  26. 26. <ul><li>Society puts a lot of pressure on people to buy into the latest fashions in pop culture : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clothes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language (hip, urban) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pop Music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal technologies (MP4, iPhone, Blackberry) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Are these valid measures of anything ? </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  27. 27. <ul><li>Is having more things going to make you more happy ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More money? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More free time? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A bigger house? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A fancier car? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There is no good evidence for this beyond meeting the necessities of life </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  28. 28. <ul><li>New lottery winners soon long for their simpler days and friends they could depend on </li></ul><ul><li>People recently disabled by disease or accident usually eventually return to their previous attitudes toward life </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  29. 29. <ul><li>We are social beings </li></ul><ul><li>Our whole society could be partying and parading down the wrong road </li></ul><ul><li>As long as we are doing the same as the others, and they look like they’re having a good time, then who are we say otherwise? </li></ul><ul><li>Everything must be okay! Right? </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  30. 30. <ul><li>On top of all of this environment of “ busyness ” there are all those shared assumptions that no one questions at all </li></ul><ul><li>The things we associate with a good life: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ownership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comfort </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Convenience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fashion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Progress” </li></ul></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  31. 31. <ul><li>We forget that our ancient ancestors lived their lives with very little </li></ul><ul><li>Before electricity they had warm fires </li></ul><ul><li>Before plumbing they had fresh rivers </li></ul><ul><li>Before grocery stores they had productive farms, and before that they had forests of foods </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  32. 32. <ul><li>Yet they laughed, they sang and danced, told stories and had good lives </li></ul><ul><li>They loved and were loved </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe their lives were shorter, but were their lives any less full? </li></ul><ul><li>Remember this </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  33. 33. <ul><li>Ideas don’t extinguish entirely on their own, even when they no longer serve an obvious purpose </li></ul><ul><li>A person who has walked away from religion doesn't necessarily give up the felt need for rituals </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  34. 34. <ul><li>The appeal of horses did not disappear when automobiles were introduced </li></ul><ul><li>Anxiety about the start of the new school year can produce bad dreams years after school is out </li></ul>
  35. 35. <ul><li>These are ideas that you carry with you though no one in particular, and no institution, has programmed them into you </li></ul><ul><li>Nevertheless, they shape you, your values, your life decisions and your behaviour </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  36. 36. <ul><li>You are the sum total of the active programming, shared assumptions, the vestigial notions, and what you make of them </li></ul><ul><li>You are insofar that you think, and you are what you think </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  37. 37. <ul><li>You are nothing completely original except the composite whole </li></ul><ul><li>You are your own creation from all things that have touched you </li></ul><ul><li>You have an inescapable duty to create yourself out of all that has happened to you and all that surrounds you </li></ul><ul><li>And create , you will </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  38. 38. <ul><li>You are also what you passively allow yourself to be </li></ul><ul><li>Who writes your script? </li></ul><ul><li>You have a choice… </li></ul><ul><li>Create or accept what life gives you </li></ul><ul><li>Your selection is your creation </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?
  39. 39. <ul><li>Though it often may seem that you have been cranked out of a modern machine, you do remain in control </li></ul><ul><li>The more often you think of the opportunities to take control, the better you will get at finding and taking those opportunities </li></ul>
  40. 40. <ul><li>It is your life </li></ul><ul><li>My life is mine </li></ul><ul><li>May we help make each other stronger and better </li></ul>Who’s Life Is It?

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