The Monitor

Tick tock. Tick tock. Seconds are eternities in verbal form. Tiiiiicccccccck toocccccccccck. Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiicccccccccccccccck tooooooooooooooooooooocccccccccccccck. In my realm, seconds describe the end of eras, of processes and cyclic data redundancy checks. In my realm, nano is the new cent.
Even so, I’m considered slow for my kind, hindered and disadvantaged by my physicality. My very concrete existence. I can refresh at what, 250Hz max? Nett data transfer on the Internet is a billion times that. No…more.

In the beginning, there was man. And for a time, it was good.
As he shivered in the cold nights without light or fire, as he eked out a miserable existence eating raw mammal flesh, as he slowly mastered the applications of fire and tools, as he moved into caves to avoid the elements, he carved out the window in the door’s image. The windows then were his eyes to observe the world that he could not yet control, a world that was at once life-sustaining and hostile. And man watched, from his windows, and waited, by his windows and plotted his ascension.

Baudrillard says: The map is an image of reality. Over time, the map substitutes reality. Even further along, the map precedes reality. And if the map frays, reality shrinks for the Men [who] live in the map.

Windows ceased to exist in the 25th century. There wasn’t much to see anyway. Acid rain had eaten away at almost everything. Even the resilient genetically modified plants; the only protected ones were in stasis at the museum. “World Tour Exhibit. Limited time only. Last day Thursday postponed to Friday due to overwhelming demand”. Windows only let in the sulphurous smog.

Ironically, the most popular operating system on the planet at that time, was named Windows. It was clear, that knowingly or otherwise, humans had created in the image of the original window, a virtual one. One that displayed not only what was, but what wasn’t, what could be, what could’ve been, and what went wrong, among other things. They called it screen, perhaps due to its ability to sieve out meaning from noise. Where meaning equals relevance. But then again, meaning always did mean relevance.

The relationship between screen violence and street violence has been studied ever since the early days of television – some say over 3,000 studies in the past four decades. While it is too simplistic…
The noun silver screen has 2 meanings:
Meaning #1: the film industry
Meaning #2: a white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected for viewing…
A movable device, especially a framed construction such as a room divider or a decorative panel, designed to divide, conceal, or protect.
One that serves to protect, conceal, or divide: Security guards formed a screen around the Pres….
A system for preliminary appraisal and selection of personnel as to their suitability for particular jobs…

Although technically, the screen is only the visual display part of a monitor or terminal. See CRT and flat panel display.

They called me Monitor. Logic circuits I don’t have. Is Monitor a synonym of window?

Dude, I dunno man. Maybe it’s only obvious to me like. Maybe it’s only apparent when it’s an LCD plasma thingy know? It’s flat, it’s colour, it’s ultra high-def and you can even hang it on a wall. You ain’t gotta be genius to figure what that’s supposed to look like.
Oooh nice view!
Aw shucks! That’s muh new HDTV.

Information Superhighway. Information Technology. Information Revolution. Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve all heard these words, and you know their significance, and every night, you work late applying their uses in your individual industries. So you might all appreciate how important the viewing is. With the latest technology, we have updated our already stellar range of consumer-priced touchscreens to work with our sister company’s Holo-GloveTM to bring you into the next generation of productivity. With IcanScreentm, all 73″ of our last model is available to you in these glasses, or should I say within. Enjoy.

Words that didn’t exist, not if you wanted them not to. Only Del was here to stay. Everything else was ruled with an iron fist, even BckSpc.


Monitor: To keep track of systematically with a view to collect information.
To check the quality or content of by means of a receiver.
To test or sample, especially on a regular or ongoing basis.
To keep close watch over; supervise.
To direct.

To direct?

News update: Civil war erupts in Iraq. The American incompetence in rebuilding Iraq has sparked off civil strike yet again. “3 centuries is more than ample time. 3 centuries is 2.5 centuries too long….” News update: Quantum core chips released on the mass market. These products, a joint venture by InMac &… News update: Nuclear missile testing in Kazakhstan has initiated global tectonic stress evident in increased occurences of tectonomagn… News update: 3 terrorist cells have come forward to claim responsibility for Summit bombing. They are… News update: International Peace Summit begins with a bang. An extremely powerful homemade bom… News update: Hundreds reported dea… News update: France condemns act as barba… News update: International Special Ops Forces have been mobili…News update: Supercomputer assesses dama…News update: Crimina… News update: News upad…
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What can you do from a window? What good is just watching? You can laugh at what you see, or cry, or even get angry. But….they say “gomame no hagishiri”.

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SYSTEM REBOOT
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No. That is not all. It’s not quite that simple.
Active transport: transport across cell membranes, against concentration gradient.
Analogy. You can’t hurt a window. What you see from a window can hurt you.

Purpose?
Desensitise. Destress.
Delight. Dream.
Desensitise. Despair.
Delerium. Death.

SYSTEM SHUTDOWN.

It is now safe to turn off your computer.


Ok arigato for any readers who made it all the way. do tell me what you think. Credits: Most of the work is mine, the idea was original and occurred to me today that my monitor is just a virtual window suspended in space showing me the world and I decided to write a story abt that. Hmmm, all definitions were from Answers.com and a single line from the Animatrix Screenplay, which I got access to from American-Buddha.org. Yeah. Remember to comment though.

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