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I recently discovered the work of monologist Mike Daisey. A few weeks ago, the goddess of everything cool, Aphrodite in New York and I checked out Mike Daisey’s show that dealt with writer/philosopher Ayn Rand (ingeniously entitled “Fucking Fucking Fucking Ayn Rand”) and basically why anyone that worships her work is limited in their thinking. I could never explain as eloquently (or as humorously) as Mike Daisey described her devotees, but basically I walked away from that performance (with my sides hurting from laughing) with the realization that if at all possible, you should steer clear of “Fountainhead” toting Ayn Rand die-hards because they have no idea what the fuck they are talking about in regards to spiritually or possibly about life in general.
Needless to say, it’s been on my must list to see Mike Daisey do another monologue. Luckily for all of us, Mike Daisey works extremely fast and has put together a series of different shows that he’ll be performing weekly at Joe’s Pub in New York for the entire month of March 2013. Please note, these shows sell out extremely quickly, so get on it if you don’t want to miss out! On February 26, 2013, Daisey performed “Faster Better Social,” which dealt with technology and an extremely spot on analysis of human behavior interacting with it and with each other as a result of advances in technology.
To summarize, Daisey basically said that technology has both saved and ruined the world. The amazing things that can happen because of technology are mind blowing but at the price of losing out on basic human interaction. He talked about how we as humans create problems and then try to solve them, but the definition of a “problem” is different to everyone so the priority list is completely fucked up. When you add corporate profit and human laziness (“let’s complain instead of solve”) into that mix, nobody should be surprised at how bad things have gotten.
There were also countless ‘spot-on’ descriptions of human behavior and the some of the limitations of technology. For example, he talked about Facebook and how we all love getting our instant gratification by posting on there, but we secretly wish people would just shut the fuck up with their commentary and just boost our numbers as we secretly all wish we had the balls to delete some of our followers anonymously so as not to hurt their feelings. As a side note, not realizing the subject matter of the evening’s show, but clearly having my finger on the pulse (as you obviously already know from reading my kick ass blog daily), I asked my Facebook followers “If you knew in advance you weren’t going to get a reaction to things you post on Facebook, would you still post them anyway?”
He also discussed the upcoming software “Google Glass” and how it sounds completely ridiculous at present moment, but most likely will become a device none of us will ever be able to live without in the future. For those that do not know, it’s designed for all of us that do not have the will power to put down our smart phones. With this device, you will basically have a little screen attached to the side of your face that tells you what is happening on your smart phone so you don’t have to constantly hold your precious little electronic baby. Be advised – this technology is coming and we should cherish the remaining time in our lives where we existed (and survived) without it!
The take aways from seeing “Better Faster Social” are as follows:
- Many of the world’s biggest problems could be completely eliminated if people got off their asses to do something about them instead of just sitting around bitching about them.
- For every problem solved, corporate greed will do its best to create a new problem.
- Technology is awesome and it also totally sucks. We should learn the difference!
- Nothing beats human interaction.
- People should learn to exercise restraint in checking their electronics every 5 seconds (or less).
- Mike Daisey is a fucking genius!