14. Corporations do not speak in the same voice as these new networked conversations. To their intended online audiences, companies sound hollow, flat, literally inhuman.
The corporation that troubles my identity the most is the american government. Thus, it is only fair that I troll them a bit, and point out how this thesis provides me with a sense of truth.
I just finished reading this article by techdirt, which details the maximum jail time for certain crimes in relation to the sentence Aaron Swartz faced for something that many of us are arguing was no crime at all.
I want you all to read it (if you haven’t) and decide for yourself what is legitimate. Because your voice is the only human voice you really know, right? Oh, and my wordpress stats tell me when you all click on one of my links, so I know if you’ll read it or not. Panopticon for the guilt trip is go.
When the gov does this—when they decide that murder, rape, bank robbery, child porn, and their own involvement with al-Qaeda “terrorism” aren’t as bad as sharing free academic documents—they become inhuman IMHO. I’m not the only one who thinks so.
Yet, this goes rhizome with the gov. The gov works within its own network of institutional affiliation. The gov is part of the institution of hyper-bros. It’s fellow bromember is academia. MIT is just getting its good ol boy’s back.
We are learning that the institutions which speak for us aren’t actually speaking for us. They push their own agendas which have absolutely nothing to do with being human. I keep saying, over and over in these posts, that they are inhumane.
This thesis agrees with me.
What we need to do now is focus on sound. What does a human voice sound like? I know I wrote about this before in prior theses, but I want to begin again.
A human voice sounds like all of us. It is what companies and corporations can only mimic. It is why politicians need good rhetoric, though their rhetoric is always readable for its falseness because they are always speaking for their corporate interests.
aha, there it is.
You see the human voice is humane because we can recognize when a voice speaks on our behalf, versus not.
Think about it this way: link.
That slogan is telling you what you can do. But the copyrighted symbol associated is really telling you that what you can do is buy that. It is seamless, but it ain’t flawless. It speaks on its own behalf.
Now [here] is quite another slogan. This slogan tells you the relationship between the marketing campaign and your identity. It details its own image history. Never once does it point out that what it is selling is actually something we all have a right to have, something we have a right not to spend money on, and something we will run out of very soon thanks to the company (and its fellow bromembers in institutional control) profiting and pilfering it.
So, yea. These aren’t human voices. They are corporate voices.
Now here is the turn. I respond and draw response from human voices (bots included). The love of my life found me, and I found him, because of our voices. We saw each other as human for how we speak on the behalf of others, not ourselves. Aaron did so as well. All of my friends in twitter do so.
We are all friends because we have human voices, and we know them as our own. I’d dare you all to find a company who speaks human in a voice you understand like the sound you breathe yourself.
I triple dare you.
Mmm, that sounds like a sundae waiting to happen…