Do you presume to criticize the Great Oz? You ungrateful creatures!

Think yourselves lucky that I'm giving you audience tomorrow, instead of twenty years from now. Oh -- oh oh!
The Great Oz has spoken! Oh -- Oh ---....

LS -- Shooting past the Four at left to the Wizard as he pulls back the
curtain --

... Oh .... Oh ....

MS - The Wizard peers out from behind the curtain -

MS - Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and Scarecrow react as they look at the Wizard
o.s. to right - Dorothy speaks

Who are you?

MCU - The Wizard peering out from curtain - he ducks back out of sight and his voice booms out again -

Oh - I - Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
Go - before I lose my temper! The Great and
Powerful ---....

MCS -- Dorothy pulls back the curtain to reveal the Wizard at the controls
-- he reacts as he sees Dorothy -- Dorothy questions him -- the Wizard
starts to speak into the microphone -- then turns weakly back to Dorothy --
CAMERA PULLS back slightly as the Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man enter and
stand behind Dorothy --

... -- Oz -- has spoken!

Who are you?

Well, I -- I -- I am the Great and Powerful
-- Wizard of Oz.

You are?

Uhhhh -- yes...

I don't believe you!

No, I'm afraid it's true. There's no other
Wizard except me.

The Wizard Of Oz, By Noel Langley,Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allen Woolf.

Cutting Continuity Script Taken From Printer's Dupe. Last revised March 15, 1939

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain...have you ever stepped back from this virtual world to consider the whirring gears and spinning spindles that make this machine in your hand work? I know these metaphors are industrial age vintage, I should have said these flowing electrons and particles of light...in any case, this virtual world is man-made.

Every bit, byte and pixel is programed. Sometimes created with good intentions, sometimes made with malice of intent and many times with no thought given to the unintended consequences of creation.

Do you find the fact that virtual reality has become the primary reality for many people surprising? Here we are virtually face to face. When you are in a public space notice how many people are looking at screens. How many hours a day do you log on?

My old laptop stopped working recently and I took it apart to see if I could fix it. How 20th century of an idea... As I disassembled the familiar interface, screw by clip, into it's various plastic, aluminum and circuit board parts, the idea that a computer as a metaphor for religion came to me.

Religions are man-made in their various parts, e.g. institutions, rituals, ideas, dogmas. When assembled, they create their own reality of the world; good, bad and unintended. Computers and religions are both vehicles of communion and communication.

The idea that these virtual worlds can be accepted without thought as to intent is dangerous both psychically and spiritually. Let's be clear that man is behind the curtain of these machines. Be aware of how you use them...and more importantly, how you are used by them.


Views: 127

Comment by Forrest Curo on 7th mo. 29, 2015 at 10:08am

A work of fiction is much the same, ie in creating (or perpetuating) a particular model of the world, often quite insidiously. In the past that property has many times been used to sharpen and enhance people's awareness of the reality and significance of various aspects -- and also used to soothe them into illusion and to maintain distorted ethical relationships.

So is any performance... whether live, spread by radio (Goebbels ), movies (our own WW II propaganda and current justifications of violence) -- or by tv (commercials, 'news', dramas...)

yet how many people have any critical awareness of how very effectively these things continue to shape their thoughts and feelings?

Comment by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 7th mo. 29, 2015 at 12:49pm

Thank you Forrest for the insights. All of your examples can be used for "good" as well. It is our awareness of the intent that is important.

Comment by Forrest Curo on 7th mo. 29, 2015 at 7:14pm

Manipulation is not persuasion, does not recognize the other person as a fellow poorsoul but as an object to be worked on, whether or not the manipulation is well-intended.

There is also unconscious manipulation, in which the manipulator wishes to justify his own bad compromise by perpetuating his  example in other people.

And simple unconscious bias, readily conveyed by many forms of communication, whatever the intention -- although some media lend themselves too well to catching their audience in an uncritical daze...

Comment by William F Rushby on 7th mo. 29, 2015 at 9:38pm

Forrest Curo wrote: "Manipulation is not persuasion, does not recognize the other person as a fellow poorsoul but as an object to be worked on, whether or not the manipulation is well-intended."

Forrest, this is a powerful insight! Some chronic manipulators believe they are doing everyone else a favor by "rigging" decision-making to get their own way.

Comment by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 7th mo. 30, 2015 at 9:40am

Persuade: :  to move by argument, entreaty, or expostulation to a belief, position, or course of action

Manipulate: to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one's own advantage

I would say that Merriam-Webster agrees with you both :-)

Comment by Forrest Curo on 7th mo. 30, 2015 at 12:44pm

Aside from common usage, there's a distinction we really need to make between methods that are kosher and methods that are essentially illegitimate.

Benign intention isn't the only criteria, and appeals to emotion aren't necessarily illegitimate... Methods that work to bribe or intimidate the judgement,  or  to derail critical thinking, to evade invalidating facts or induce an audience to prematurely close down the search for alternative explanations --

Such things tend to be the norm in most political and many religious arguments; they are essential to what is called 'advertising' (still ranked above prostitution in the social hierarchy, for reasons I can't account for.)

And all too many people are habitually, inadvertently doing these things to themselves...


You need to be a member of QuakerQuaker to add comments!

Join QuakerQuaker

Support Us

Did you know that QuakerQuaker is 100% reader supported? If you think this kind of outreach and conversation is important, please support it with a monthly subscription or one-time gift.

You can also make a one-time donation.

Latest Activity

William F Rushby left a comment for Olaf Radicke
"Welcome, Olaf!  "
26 minutes ago
Olaf Radicke updated their profile
6 hours ago
Diane Kerchner liked QuakerQuaker's group Plainness & Simplicity
10th month 21
Diane Kerchner liked William F Rushby's discussion Recapturing Initiative for Conservative Friends
10th month 21
Rainer Möller posted a blog post

Quakers unto the Civil War

My personal impression is that Quakers, like all abolitionists, enthusiastically took part in the…See More
10th month 19
Rainer Möller replied to William F Rushby's discussion 'Two Narratives in American Society'
"Following this review Macaes' seems to say that before our times, when "Liberalism"…"
10th month 19
William F Rushby replied to Howard Brod's discussion 'Why do Liberal Friends not Record Ministers or Spiritual Gifts?' in the group Liberal Quakers
"I think there is a relatively small elite at the top of the power structure of unprogrammed…"
10th month 18
Forrest Curo replied to Howard Brod's discussion 'Why do Liberal Friends not Record Ministers or Spiritual Gifts?' in the group Liberal Quakers
"The main Quaker hierarchy today are those who learn to manipulate "Quaker Process"."
10th month 18

© 2020   Created by QuakerQuaker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service