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Michael Danton
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I'm away, I'm busy, my TV dinner has stopped turning, the dog just threw up on the rug, I've got friends coming over, I need to study, I need to study porn; or, you can disappear completely at the touch of a button, become invisible and void without so much as a word indicating ones impromptu absence or a marked delineation from conversation and not. This is the world of the instant message and perhaps a portent of things to come, an omen of changing times when more and more of our lexicon is being borrowed from our synthetic world and delivered to friends, relatives and any other place when you're 'AFK'.

Could you also make your conversations and social encounters 'instant'? I'm through speaking with you, so I'm "busy". Don't bother me, I'm "away". Imagine turning to your girlfriend and saying, "Your emotional and financial expenditure is beginning to outweigh the benefits of your meager apartment, the facilities therein and the means to penetrate your genitalia on a daily basis, and that of your sister on occasion. Despite whatever pleasant experiences we have shared in the past, I no longer feel any compulsion in continuing this relationship with you, that of our child of doubtful origin or even this..."

At which point you make yourself "invisible". I'm being too kind of course, no genuine invisible man would choose to defend, deny or seek to explain his actions simply for the benefit of others- it is not his concern and assigns no value to it. Instead he is already in hot pursuit of the next pleasant distraction, the next sweet taste in the mouth.

But who is the invisible man? Clearly, sociopathic, selfish and without remorse, like an autistic child that stares blankly an ignorantly at both a smile or a frown. Speaking only so that others may obey; like some Pavlovian experiment that is conducted without any sense of humanity or mutual enrichment.

Although I've suggested this digital, synthetic behavior may begin to alter our sensibilities, ethics and sense of decency to the point where it begins to change who we are in our real lives; I fear the invisible man already walks among us, occasionally popping up and robbing our emotional investments and calmly strolling into oblivion, casting aside the emoticon he wears for a face. Twisted Evil

Michael Danton. (ONLINE)

Originally written for chrisjfraser.com without whom this observation could not be made or subsequently dramatized.

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