some kinds of buddhist monks arent allowed to listen to music.
when i was in my teens, this fact burned into my memory and the more i thought about it, the more i realized how much influence music has on the consciousness. i stopped thinking about it for a few years until i left the army. i developed a tinnitus due to all the loud noises from firing guns. my ears were ringing on a daily basis, that's why decided to stop using ear- or headphones for an indefinite time. my way to work included a 10minute train ride plus waiting for the train, perfect time to plug earphones into your smartphone and listen to your favorite music, even if you don't want to hear any music, nobody's going to speak to you due to your isolation. anyways when i abruptly stopped listening to music on that daily trainride the contrast was very obvious. i went from permanent flat stimulation abruptly to its absence which caused my brain to try to fill the void. sometimes i just thought about random meaningless soykaf and sometimes about more important things but in either way if i would describe the difference between permanently wearing music when going somewhere to never, i'd say it's just like unfogging the brain from constant irridiation.
i'm not going to volcel-like redpill you on the psychological advantages of not being permanently plugged into some kind of source to multimedia, but for me stopping to always listen to music made me read books on trainrides and actually finishing them (from reading ~0.3books pear year to ~10). it unfogged my brain giving me more time to think about happened and upcoming events and - obviously - healed my tinnitus. music is just an example here and the very start of how i got into developing cyberpunk tendencies. working in an online-marketing company for a few years probably had a much higher influence on me in terms of fighting the botnet, but more from a philosophical position and less a psychological one.
the next position is an economical one, the way property shifts to possession, buying to renting (f.e. streaming) or owning something from a company to being 0wned by that company. probably everyone heard that "your computer does not belong to you", but havent realized that computer is not a fixed value but a variable and the possibilities to switch it for other values grows every minute.
music is rented, tv is rented, videogames shift to being rented more and more, even hardware is being replaced by cloudservices and that is just the tip if the iceberg. having worked against the google algorithm for a long time, i learned a lot about how search results or any other outcome on the internet can be regulated and mostly is. when facebook switched to an algoritmic timeline (it even spells TIMEline lmao) instead of a chronological one, they regulated your news supply. when instagram (insta, coming from instant, meaning you directly see what's new, another broken promise) did, they regulated your taste in whatever you obtain there, probably memes or fashion. netflix for example is different (way worse) it regulates what you watch by suggestions and by supply, because they obviously don't offer all shows together, but they obviously choose what licences they buy.
so besides the fact that the big multimedia corps inevitably synchronize every users point to a specific degree, i see a way worse threat to the individuals jacked into their systems, because in the algorithms still adjust to your behavior. the even bigger threat is the fact that if you rent all of your multimedia online, as long as you have any tool to excess the internet, you are never offline. trainride, busride, airplane, cafe or going for a walk no matter where you are, if you are able to consume some kind of multimedia meanwhile, you will, because that's how your brain works. there is no fixed value in the humans mind, only developments of tendencies. So either you consume more and more or less and less.
besides having a foggy brain and never thinking about your actual life that has to do with you and your friends or your family or how you could finally get a girlfriend, the multimedia is the least threatening part about being always online. Because the internet was and is still mainly a tool of communication. what does that mean?
back in the days we literally going offline meant being unreachable. nowadays if you don't answer your whatsapp message within a few months, people start thinking you're mad or something has happened to you. you are plugged so you are reachable. if someone can't reach you, the most likely reason is because you don't want to be reached (by them). Just try to not be online for 4 straight hours a day. don't even peak on your phone and have fun explaining to your grumpy parents why they couldn't reach you.
but that's probably the worst part of it right? nice try, but unfortunatly it's not. if you've attentively read this text you'd have stumpled upon me saying that your hardware is less and less in your own possession. you can go into any big techstore in your nearest city and find them: computers with incomplete hardware. incomplete like in missing parts, talking about the hard drives. our actual internetspeed is not enough to outsource cpu or gpu processes in realtime, but we aren't far away. disc-space on the other hand is already streamable. you buy computers with hard disks that only offer enough space to carry the operating system. instead of buying an ssd with 512gb for roundabout 50usd, you are being manipulated to buy cloud services. monthly subscription obviously, who else is going to pay their rent, hm? i bet these computers are also space- and weight-related "optimizied" so that it's impossible to insert a bigger hard drive.
if we are always online, our smartphones are getting more and more capable of doing everything that the 08-15 user needs and our hard drives are reachable all the time, you could basically work from everywhere and anytime. sounds like more freedom at first, especially when thinking about how more and more workplaces are becoming homeoffice-able and working times are getting more and more flexible. on the otahers hand all of this means, that your working day never really ends. your boss calls you thursday 7pm or sunday 3pm. what are you going to do? not answering? ghost his "please call me back immediatly" messages until monday 9am? you could and you should, but you're not tyler durden. you wouldn't and you won't.
i'm not saying that every kind of job, every person and every system is going to be exactly as bad as possibly predictable, but all this freedom sold to you is going to make the life of a lot of people (and maybe also you) less free and more modern-slaverish.
our brains are designed in a way of developing dependencies to positive stimulations, but the more the same stimulus stimulates it, the smaller the rewards is going to be for your brain up to the point of no positive effect at all. Unfortunately at that point you can't just stop and get the next dosis of whatever stimulates your brain, because the absence of that stimulus is going to be a problem. your brain expects the stimulues to have a certain influence on your brain and in order to negate that influence, it produces a socalled "opponent process". Basically what will happen is that the absence of the stimulus will trigger the exact opposite of what the stimulus would have done.
we were just talking about multimedia, so the effects won't be the same as if we'd talk about drinking alcohol on a daily basis, but what is important is not, that the absence of multimedia won't "even actually be that bad", but that the multimedia-dependent-brain is going to prefer not going through that absence. it is going to expect the stimulus, so it wants you to consume it. and if it is not as obvious as it should be, you are your brain. you are going to crave the consume. and that is the only reason for why you listen to music every day on, every trainride and everytime you are on the road. that is why you can't leave your smartphone out of eyes, why you need to feel its plastic itching on your leg and why you scroll through instagram every 15 to 60 minutes.
if you are not in control of regulating your brain, your brain is control of regulating your free will. and if corps are in control of regulating your brain via your favorite multimedia apps (spoiler: they are), they are regulating your free will. is this not slavery?
the botnet is omnipresent and there is no way to completely hide from it, except for completely rejecting society and returning to full monkey-mode. But that's fine, as long as you know what's wrong about it and thus prevent yourself from becoming dependent on it. just analyze your thoughts, patterns and behavior. question your automated actions and your behavioral mechanisms. for me the biggest gamechanger was to go from iphone to nokia 2720 and from win10 to manjaro linux. it's funny how your mood, productivity and overall life changes positively when you get rid of these so called "essentials". it is not important to go full privacy from one day to another, but as i mentioned earlier the brain works with developing tendencies, so the most important part is your mental aligniment, if your orientation is focussing the right direction, the rest is coming by itself.
of course the ultimate goal should be not to live a corpocratic life.
use free software whereever you can and spoof or block tracking.
a few last words: just because the botnet is bad, doesn't necessarily mean everything anonymous, deep or edgy is automatically good for you. in the end it's your own brain and it will rod if you use it wrong by being jacked into something 24/7. botnet just intentionally uses mechanisms to exploit the human brains addiction-mechanisms.