Of course, I knew that after publishing Human Sunset I would continue to encounter things — dark things — that are instructive about the nature of modernity and which would have earned a sure place in Human Sunset. So, this page is dedicated to the dark and ongoing tragedy of Homo technologicus. Spending too much time here is a mental health risk. You’ve been warned.
Most of these are reader suggestions. If you find something in the news especially emblematic about the stupidity and foulness of the modern world, feel free to send your suggestions.
March 13, 2018. Fox News. Suicide Machine Harnesses 3D Printing Technology.
March 13, 2018. USA Today. New York Lawmakers Push Bill to Make Tide Pods Less Appetizing.
March 13, 2018. USA Today. Meth-Addicted Girl Gouges Her Own Eyes Out.
March 13, 2018. Vox. Ninety Percent of Public Schools Hold Mass-Shooting Drills.
March 14, 2018. USA Today. Americans Increasingly Self-Destructive.
March 16, 2018. The Baby Sleep Site. Delegate Your Child’s Bedtime Routine to Alexa.
April 1, 2018. The Japan Times. Robots Caring for the Elderly in Nursing Homes.
April 3, 2018. The Guardian. World’s Oceans Bombarded with Microscopic Plastic Contamination.
April 5, 2018. USA Today. Condom Snorting Challenge.
April 5, 2018. USA Today. World’s Largest Collection of Ocean Trash is Twice the Size of Texas.
April 20, 2018. DNA Romance. Online dating system matches people based on DNA samples. (*Personally, I enthusiastically endorse dating within one’s race/ethnicity, which by definition would make you more genetically proximate to your mate than dating outside your race. What I find dark about this is the outsourcing of mate selection to laboratory! hahaha. What a world!)
April 30, 2018. Fox News. Freight Trucker Gets Stuck in Oregon Back-Country for 4 Days After Entrusting Navigation to GPS.