Sunday, 28 January 2007

On Net decadence

Sunday Editorial

Two weeks ago, an Australian young man has created a breakthrough in this century shopping and lifestyle when put his life for sale on e-Bay. Yes his entire life is auctioned, including:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • All my possessions which includes the following
  • Clothes,
  • Roughly 300 CDs
  • Surfboard
  • Laptop (minus certain information with my discretion),
  • Pushbike (Has wonky handlebars, may need some work)
  • Books,
  • Bed
  • CD player
  • Backpack
  • Tennis racquets
  • Golf Clubs (which you will have no idea how to use)
  • Childhood photos
  • Skateboard
  • Nice lamp which your ex-girlfriend bought you.

In addition the winner will get instructions and training in order to get this new identity including Surfing, Climbing, Skateboarding etc. and 2 more months of assistance after the actual transfer will take place.

What is amazing is that the he has obtained 48 bids reaching 7,500 AUS$! The winner is some “ridderstrade” who is now entitled to collect in Wollongong, New South Wales Nicael’s life package – which includes two enemies and some credits to be collected.

According to Nicael he is carrying out a social experiment. Nicael promises do donate 30% of the revenues to ARAFMI, an Australian association assisting mental disorders victims, and is planning to make a documentary on his experiment.

I did this because i was a little intrigued as to what exactly constitutes a life, a little intrigued as to what people want that they aren't receiving from their current life, a little bit because I’m a socialist and was hoping to make a point that the amount and type of things that are for sale in this world is insane and wasteful, a bit because I was a little intrigued as to what makes me who I am and at exactly what point in this experiment will I lose it, if ever. Finally I think I did it because I think it will be such a strange, interesting, unprecedented, quirky and hilarious social experiment. How random is this, it's ruling! Everyone who's got behind it is ruling!

Frankly I deem this is just a provocation, or worse probably a cheap way to reach notoriety. As a matter of fact this is another confirmation of the actual decadence of our Western culture in these days which is perfectly reflected – if not amplified – by the Internet community: side effects of a major phenomenon probably unstoppable.

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