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Truth Is We're Obsolete

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Every Tuesday on FOX, Americans can tune in to a new show that’s now on television called “Fringe.” The show is from J.J. Abrams (creator of “Lost”), Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci.

In these times, I do not find it good that Americans are living in worlds of virtual reality. Americans choose to be taken in by television, music, and movies. Oh, and also social networking and Internet videos too.

One might say, “How in a time when we are in the midst of an economic 911 could you possibly recommend a television show?” A good answer would be that the world in this television show feels more like the world we are living in than most shows on television right now.

“Fringe” is a show that focuses on fringe science. That would be topics ranging from mind control, teleportation, astral projection, invisibility, genetic mutation, and reanimation.

The pilot episode begins with Flight 627, which is en route from Hamburg to Boston and happens to be caught in an electrical storm. While all the passengers are afraid of the storm, one passenger seems to more afraid than the others and takes an insulin pen and injects it into his stomach. He instantaneously bolts from his seat with his skin bubbling and peeling. A horrific contagion spreads from him and into passengers’ and crew members’ whose skin and muscles then literally melt away from their bones.

From that point on, two special FBI agents Olivia and John become entangled in the investigation of the terror that occurred on board. The series of events which take place throughout this investigation, while science fiction, presents truth because the world that we live in has morphed into a dystopia of epic proportions.

A conversation at the end of the episode between Olivia and another agent involves a discussion about how difficult it is for them to do their job. Corporations exist that have higher clearance than they do. Corporations have access to and protection from truths that they don’t have access to or protection from (and in the episode, the prime example is a corporation called Massive Dynamic).

This conversation ends with the statement, “Truth is we’re obsolete.”

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The statement presents the apex of this dystopic world.

Americans are obsolete.

We are obsolete when our foreign policy makes exacerbates tensions in international relations between countries and a majority of Americans support that.

We are obsolete when our economy has collapsed and Americans cannot take to the streets demanding alternatives or updates to our system.

We are obsolete when the rule of law is obstructed and Americans cannot bring themselves to respond with outrage.

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We are obsolete when corporations infect the moral fabric of our society like a deadly virus and Americans cannot resist them and instead choose to constantly attempt to adapt to the virus being spread by the corporations.

We are obsolete when our elections are closed, arbitrary, and rigged and Americans cannot wholly reject it and instead force themselves willfully to be content with simply doing what it takes to keep the worst candidate from taking office.

We are obsolete when Americans construct a reality that they believe government must conform to and lower their expectations for foreign policy, the economy, the rule of law, and elections.

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Kevin Gosztola is a writer and curator of Firedoglake's blog The Dissenter, a blog covering civil liberties in the age of technology. He is an editor for and a former intern and videographer for The Nation Magazine.And, he's the (more...)

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Whether from apathy, ignorance, or simply the inab... by Sherwin Steffin on Friday, Oct 10, 2008 at 6:22:29 PM
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