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OH MY FUCKING GOD AUSTRALIA GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER

Tahlia Palmer: Steady Eye

OH MY FUCKING GOD AUSTRALIA GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER

Andrew Ryan

I used to love the internet. I used to love going online and looking at cool shit and learning cool things and seeing stories and funnies and all that stuff, I learnt about transparency and open source, got so involved in internet culture and saw it as a beautiful way to bring the world together.

I don’t have that idealism these days, not any more. It feels as if that period of experimentation, exploration and excitement has well and truly come to an end, thanks to old-world systems and political structures adapting to and stifling the potential power of this new communication technology, like a grumpy though barely cognisant old Snorlax dropping itself in front of the opening of the cave we’ve been living in for decades. These days I find nothing surprising or exciting about what happens online, the fledgling culture being so beaten like it has, dividing the now totally mainstream technology users by brand affiliation and uneducated political beliefs.

I still love the idea of internet. I love what it has done for instant information, though it can be quite fatiguing. Sharing knowledge further, quicker, easier than ever before, and all of history is there, we can learn so much more, so much faster. Which is what is fucking bugging me out about what I see when I direct my eye towards the humans who live and work and build and dig on my beautiful home soil- the inclination towards a historical, global perspective is just not evident, and I perceive this to be not only idiotic, but dangerous.

I have spent the last few weeks trawling through the internet doing research on Australian Islamaphobes who root around online feeding ignorance and hatred. I’m trying to piece together an article about it- I have my sources, I have the facebooks groups, but what I don’t have is the emotional capacity to distance myself from the horror of it all in order to complete the piece.

These groups are encouraging each other to attack Muslim people, applauding each other, spreading disinformation and they feel completely justified in their blind hatred. Where is the love, the empathy, the compassion? Why is there so much hatred and aggression and so little critical thinking?

It’s important to highlight social negativity like this, otherwise we’re at risk of allowing an even worse slip in to right wing weirdness, zenophobia and violence against fellow humans. This is why historical perspective is important- humans are so terrifyingly guilty of atrocious horrors that arose from similar political and economic climates in the past.

The biggest problem is that racism is ingrained in the colonial psyche. Us here at the arse end of a horrible invasion of this land (with continuing shitty social and environmental consequences) are all trying to come to terms with it, trying to shake it off, but the multi-generational programming of pro-colonial mentality (“we brought civilisation, we’re the lucky country, the queen is alright, look at these gorgeous beaches lets build heaps of houses on them” whatever) isn’t going to let the power structure most of our citizens are accustomed to die any time soon. Which is fucking shitty because it is 2014 and there is no excuse to still be treating other human beings like moving sacks of rotting offal- Islamic, First Nations or otherwise.

Looking at Australia continually blows my mind. Is this really what our people want? Group-think and misplaced aggression? Depressing incarceration, poverty and mental health statistics for The Other while the Dominant are surrounded by imported food, have two cars and three TVs and children with expensive haircuts and shoes? This society is at best sociopathic, at worst psychopathic. Instead of opening the minds of the masses, the internet has become just another screen for them, feeding placation, meaningless gossip and clickbait to keep their minds fogged and their eyes half-closed.

I’ve got to starting writing comedy about this or I will totally lose myself in confusion and despair.

They should be attacking the government, not the Muslims. They should be disgusted by the banking system, not the people who live out bush. Nihilistic ignorance of both nature and fellow man has lead to almost an almost complete spiritual breakdown. We’ve got almost nothing left, especially when it comes to our future as a species and the health of this planet while we’re on it. I am angry. This government can eat my shit, this is not what I want. At all.