Thursday, August 10, 2017

USA Today's direct orders: You will be microchipped

The idea of embedding an identification microchip in one's body has been the subject of Christian end-times prophecy and "Big Brother" speculation for decades. It was the basis of the bestselling "Left Behind" books and movies that have made millions. The idea raises instant red flags not only for religious folks but also for libertarians. And the USA Today is enthusiastically touting it as an inevitable wave of the future, and essentially telling critics to get over it.

Breitbart News economics writer Tom Cicotta reports:
Everyone will be implanted with a microchip in the future, according to a report from USA Today.

An associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is arguing that most humans will receive a microchip implant in the future. “It will happen to everybody,” says Noelle Chesley, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “But not this year, and not in 2018. Maybe not my generation, but certainly that of my kids.”

Although some say the social stigma over inserting technology into one’s body will hinder Chesley’s prediction, a Wisconsin firm has already made the futuristic leap. The company, Three Square Market, implanted a microchip into their employees to do away with company badges and corporate logons.
Since when do the opinions of an obscure associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee make national news? When she has views the Denizens of Public Discourse want injected into the national consciousness.

The USA Today article mentions that "religious activists" have given Three Square Market bad reviews on social media, although it tellingly doesn't explain why. But CBN News does:
Some Christians say microchip implants are a clear fulfillment of the "mark of the Beast" prophesied 2,000 years ago in the biblical book of Revelation.

"I take microchipping as a form of the mark. There's many pieces of the mark, and then again, all these pieces of the mark are designed to control," Pastor Dave Doyle from Hope Christian Fellowship Church in Iowa says. "It will eventually become something that's mandatory, and for those who refuse it, you will have to deal with the authorities who don't appreciate your opinions."
The CBN article also cites critics who "are suspicious of the technology and argue that microchips can easily be hacked and personal information can be exposed." It's not an exaggeration to say that I know quite a few people who would die fighting this sort of thing, and not all of them are evangelical Christians.

Now one could argue that USA Today is simply covering a trend and not endorsing it. But this is their lead paragraph:
You will get chipped. It’s just a matter of time.
The story's headline reads, "You will get chipped -- eventually." In other words, don't bother resisting.

This isn't a story saying, 'Hey, here's some gee-whiz technology coming down the pike." These are direct, in-your-face orders from the Media On High, on behalf of their friends the Masters of the Universe. And I'm here to tell the USA Today, verbally and with my pocketbook: No. I. Am. Not.

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