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Elsa
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Life is really something and far more interesting when you learn to read between the lines. I just made an offer on an item. Once it was submitted, I got a pop up that informed me that my life was now "suspenseful".  Are you kidding me?

I know it was programming because I think the sentiment (word) was repeated three times in the message. I clicked away so fast, I can't be sure but that's part of it. You click off but receive the message (semi)subliminally. 

Really, the crap is never-ending. But there is a point where it becomes educational and beyond that, a point where it's entertaining on some level.

Do you notice this stuff?  And oh by the way. So sorry I get to have a suspenseful life while yours is so mundane. Sweaty  

And while we're at it, should we shop till we drop?

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Lol, I do notice it. Especially when I go to work and we have actual tv on with commercials (which I don’t watch at home). It’s actually ridiculous but also sad that many people are actually gripped like this. It’s not just classic advertising either- the news is the worst and actually now that I think about it the news is basically a form of advertising at this point (probably has always been as it’s a great way to program people- presenting a reality through a specific lens). It’s a proven fact that it’s easier to implant ideas into the subconscious when the mind and body are in a state of fear and/or anxiety. It’s deeper too than  the meesage “buy this item”. 

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It's everywhere. The warnings/notices on FB and twitter are endless.  I agree that it's kind of entertaining.  I use these types of messages, the "trends" on twitter, the "fact checks" and the corporate media headlines to see what the current narrative is - what we are supposed to think and feel.  Makes me laugh most of the time because it's so far removed from reality.  It's actually a fairly good litmus test in that the exact opposite is often the case.

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@Giovanni Those Fb and twitter fact checks are just maddening! I do like your take on them as a way to gauge what the narrative is. It all puts things in plain sight.

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I did self check out at Target and was told by the computer voice, "Remember to grab your receipt. See you again soon!" No you will not see me again soon, just because of that. Haha I am spiteful towards manipulation like this.

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@dolce I've gotten pretty fed up with being talked to by robotic voices myself! Your comment reminded me of a thought I've had recently about how saying things like "Hey Siri" can program us to think we're praying to AI...

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@rapunzelsoldierfish Yes! And the fact that we refer to them as "she" when we should say "it." It's not real. It's a robot. It's the same with the GPS voice. Sometimes it repeats itself and I'm thinking "I heard you the first time." Who am I talking to? A robot. It's so easy to program us to think we're dealing with something that has a soul just by giving it a voice.

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This may be somewhat unrelated... and farfetched for some, but I've had the thought that "Hey Siri" is a replacement for "Dear Father" "Dear God" "Dear lord," etc. Speaking out to an invisible source for answers/comfort of some sort is what they have in common. And religions are already being replaced by a slavery to technology. When people get an answer from Siri and are too blinded to see an answer from God, they will go to Siri. 

I use Siri daily at work and while driving and am sick of feeling like I'm praying to some form of artificial intelligence. I am tempted to disable it. 

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@rapunzelsoldierfish novel thought. It makes sense.

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@rapunzelsoldierfish The way you just described that gave me a bit of a knot in my stomach. I'd say disable it if you can. I did a few years ago and it's like it doesn't exist to me. The only problem is when I go to my mother in law's and I forget she has an Alexa, which we know listens to us. Another odd God type replacement. "Alexa is always listening and knows what you want and need and who you are."

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@dolce I just disabled it - thank you for this little push in the right direction. 

My BF's dad has literally about 7 of those Alexa devices all around his home. I can't understand the mentality... 

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@rapunzelsoldierfish Have you read American Gods (there’s a show too that I haven’t watched). That book places an interesting frame around your observation.

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@libra-noir I haven't read it but it definitely sounds like a good read. Adding it to my read list Smile

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@rapunzelsoldierfish 

Why does anyone even allow those "listening post" gadgets into their lives???  The ultimate decadence, a mechanical slave at your beck and call.

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@warped I got an alexa as a gift about five years ago. I used it and liked it... for about a week. I have tried to give it away a few times. No one wants it. But they do use Siri, etc.

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@warped  I couldn't agree more! I can list so many reasons why they are harmful. They create laziness, are basically replacements for warm human bodies with emotions. There's the EMF exposure, privacy goes out the window, annoying because they start lighting up and talking spontaneously, are the cause of accidental orders, and it's one more thing on the shelf that needs to be dusted! 

Oh, but it will make a grocery list for you or whatever!

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Really, the crap is never-ending. But there is a point where it becomes educational and beyond that, a point where it's entertaining on some level.

This. I see 'prompting' everywhere, and it used to make me angry - why can't everyone see what's going on here?! But now, it's kind of funny, and so, so obvious. There's a guy here in the UK, Derren Brown, who marketed himself as an illusionist (I'm sure you have counterparts in the States), but some years ago, he put out quite a few shows, showing how he put suggestions into people's minds to sway their opinions/actions. So simple, and so obvious, yet people are still swallowing it 😐 

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