Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Production Line Fiction

Fiction in all the wrong places.
"Consider the history of a certain kind of spam, the chain email.

"Think now in the context of manufacturing credible sock puppets by showing non obvious relationships through verifiable but robotic email exchanges.

"Programming the primitive override circuitry is straight forward when existing generic channels can be harvested to circumvent normal scrutiny."

The circuitry supporting the ego-auto-pilot is not at all sophisticated. Programming it does take specialization however. Because it is powerful, a number of checks and balances have evolved to make the coding mechanism as fail-safe as possible. Circumventing this protective shield clearly was done in the past with considerable effort by dedicated organizations. And the process has become more streamlined over the years. It has also been all but kept from public view.

As Bob Dylan writes, "Things have changed."

© 2011 Buzz Hill

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