Another move toward quantified life, a mode of totalitarianism, this time in the form of a watch, wrist-worn data collection and feedback loops for the wealthy. In an opening that reads a lot like Vassily Grossman in Everything flows in this earlier note, Julian Baggini writes;
From the printing press to the telephone to the tablet computer, new technologies have usually passed through three stages. First, they are laughed off as stupid novelties with little use other than to entertain geeks. Then, as they begin to become popular, they are deplored as threats to civilisation which will turn into mindless, atomised narcissists. Finally, everyone uses them and we wonder what all the fuss was about.
— Julian Baggini, Apple Watch, are you feeling the terror? Guardian, 11 March 2015
Notes for later. Could the figure, fourth from the left, be turning to ask for the time? Do you suppose the time would have mattered on a forced trek to the gulags in sub-zero temperatures? How far to soup? Where the Soviets as precise as the English and the German National Socialists in documenting their crimes: name, number, date and place of incarceration, property seizure logs, etcetera. That earlier mode of data entry: handwritten and typed records.