Valibation: A Dark Fantasy Of Gadget Connection

Todd Strauss-Schulson’s expertly constructed short film Valibation depicts circumstances going horribly awry after a man becomes too fixated on the twin streams of validation he derives from checking his smartphone and engaging in casual sexual hookups. Could this be the nightmarish next stage in human evolution?

Be advised not to watch this at work, if sexually explicit, stomach-churning Videodrome-style body horror doesn’t fit at your office:

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  • justagirl

    May as well become cyborg for the sake of convenience at this point. That IS the direction this place is going no?

    • BuzzCoastin

      wee are already cyborgs
      resistance is futile, you will be assimilated

  • BuzzCoastin

    back in 01 after 911, I was living off the grid in the jungles of Hawaii
    a friend of mine left and went to NYC for a few months
    when he came back he reported
    “It’s all Borg now. Everyone’s wired-up.”
    and that was before the iPhone, eyePad and I’m tracked gizmos

    • echar

      When I lived in Alaska I was pretty much off the grid. I had to go to the bar/saloon to use the internet. There was more room in my mind for things other then information. Honestly there are pros and cons to all these apparatuses. I am not sure if the pros outweigh the cons though.

    • echar

      When I lived in Alaska I was pretty much off the grid. I had to go to the bar/saloon to use the internet. There was more room in my mind for things other then information. Honestly there are pros and cons to all these apparatuses. I am not sure if the pros outweigh the cons though.

      • BuzzCoastin

        all services also provide disservices at the same time
        awareness of the disservices can mitigate some of it
        if the Internet can remain Net Neutral
        the wealth of free information available can far outweigh the disservices

      • BuzzCoastin

        all services also provide disservices at the same time
        awareness of the disservices can mitigate some of it
        if the Internet can remain Net Neutral
        the wealth of free information available can far outweigh the disservices

        • echar

          Do you know the name of the French (I think) computer science/philosopher that originally came up with that information/computer/technology philosophy? During conversation with an acquaintance this person was mentioned. I was not sober at the time, so the name has slipped my mind.

          • BuzzCoastin

            most likely you’re thinking of Jean Baudrillard
            the French McLuhan
            his book Simulacra and Simulation was featured in The Matrix
            the bros asked him to help write Matrix 2 & he declined saying
            The Matrix is a movie The Matrix would make

          • echar

            Thank you… if it is not him, he is still very interesting. Jean-François Lyotard had some interesting ideas as well.

          • BuzzCoastin

            I’m not familiar with Lyotard
            I can’t recall his name appearing in stuff I’ve read
            surprising since
            the wiki seems to indicate he was involved with art & lit criticism

          • jnana

            Jacques Ellul?
            not quite a computer scientist but a damn good French techno-critic.

          • echar

            That could be it. Also if not he also had some interesting ideas. I have bookmarked this as well.

            Fantastic!

            “it is a fact that excessive data do not enlighten the reader or the listener; they drown him. He cannot remember them all, or coordinate them, or understand them; if he does not want to risk losing his mind, he will merely draw a general picture from them. And the more facts supplied, the more simplistic the image”

            “The individual who burns with desire for action but does not know what to do is a common type in our society. He wants to act for the sake of justice, peace, progress, but does not know how. If propaganda can show him this ‘how’ then it has won the game; action will surely follow”

          • jnana

            2 amazing books by him are:

            The Technological Society

            Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes

            A bit of a heavy read, the former especially. But one thing I like about it is despite it being a sociological analysis there are only, like, 2 or 3 statistics, and bizarre statistics at that

          • jnana

            2 amazing books by him are:

            The Technological Society

            Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes

            A bit of a heavy read, the former especially. But one thing I like about it is despite it being a sociological analysis there are only, like, 2 or 3 statistics, and bizarre statistics at that

          • echar

            Thank you. I will look into them.

  • echar

    Either a bot or a troll. Check out their comment history.

  • echar

    Either a bot or a troll. Check out their comment history.

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    Validation + Masterbation = Valibation. ;)