Monday, March 8, 2010

Rise Of The Corporations

A post-modern epistolary short-story for our time...

Heng: when I saw the headlines along the lines of "China and Google resume talks"
  Google resume talks with the next superpower?!
12:21 PM "resume talks" is usually something you hear abt countries, not companies!
 me: OMG. and i was just randomly typing in "rise of the corporations" in google
  is this coincidence or wat???
12:22 PM man... this is ... very interesting
  just before i was chatting w u
12:23 PM Heng: You should read The Machine Stops by EM Forster too
 me: i did... but refresh my memory?
  i thot it was an anti-technological short story?
12:24 PM Heng: sth like that
  sometimes Google feels like the Machine
  "The Machine," they exclaimed, "feeds us and clothes us and houses us; through it we speak to one another, through it we see one another, in it we have our being. The Machine is the friend of ideas and the enemy of superstition: the Machine is omnipotent, eternal; blessed is the Machine."
12:25 PM uhuh
 me: hmmmm
  ironic isn't it?
  now Google is trying to set up its own power plant i think
  or smtg
  Google = Skynet...
  and... the irony is
  we are using Google to talk abt Google...
  nervous laugh
12:27 PM Heng: it's too late
  this conversation might come back and haunt us 50 years later
 me: ...


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