Back in July of 2011, we posted a guest commentary by the mysterious “Agent23” titled: Cloud Computing… Illuminati Plot! Well, dear readers… Agent 23 is back with another explosive exposé! In keeping with the nefarious implications of Cloud Computing, 23 brings to our attention the exploitive evolution and ramifications of just how far the move away from software ownership has come.
As you recall, 23 uncovered an insidious plot, perpetrated by none other than those masters of deception and subterfuge… the Illuminati! Yes THAT Illuminati!
Well… it turns out that the “hidden hand” is at it once again. In their quest for world domination, the rascally Illuminati have harnessed the growing adoption of subscription models… and are moving us towards a post-ownership world. Agent 23 unpacks the dangers of this model, and why it is vital we avoid it becoming the only option for consumers.
Agent 23’s exposé is taken from the ongoing work of Lucy Ingham… technology journalist and editor of the UK’s tech magazine: Verdict. Per Ingham, it all started with what is often called Software as a Service (what the Free Software Foundation calls Service as a Software Substitute). SaaSS is where software is accessed via an ongoing subscription rather than ever being owned by the user, and has been widely discussed in the Free Software movement. It is important to mention because it is the origin point of everything that has followed.
There are now thousands upon thousands of companies offering subscription-based services, and it now seems to be the most common model for new product launches. Today, the economic and social areas that subscription services are seeping into, are virally increasing… and yet we have by no means reached the Illuminati’s endgame. However, where this is increasingly leading is a situation where many of us don’t own possessions, and instead are paying money each month to rent or consume them.
Perhaps this is the endgame: Life as a Service, where you pay a subscription fee for everything you need to live, from rent, to clothes, to transport, to education, to food, to healthcare.
“My generation, particularly the generation after me, they no longer own anything; they are increasingly not allowed to own anything.”
- Edward Snowden
Users beware! The growing number of people and corporations opting to rent their future… opting for the convenience of the subscription model... is a core strategy of domination and control being covertly and ruthlessly implemented by none other than those masters of deception and subterfuge… the Illuminati. Yes, those cunning provocateurs have reared their ugly heads once again.
Constant Vigilance! - 23
Editor's Note: Lucy Ingham's "Rented Future" article is a must-read for those interested in the future of subscription model capitalism. Also, the additional links below shed more light on those rascally illuminoids...
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this guest commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of Tek-Gnostics and its affiliated stations… but then again... they might!