Friday, February 13, 2015

Fast Food Politics

My father was a quiet, socially-conservative but politically liberal American who became just a bit more quietly radical as the years went by, after we moved to Canada.

Late in his life, while visiting family in the States, he was told that he should take a look at a new fast food restaurant that used animatronic figures to entertain kids.

My father's profession and passion was usability testing to match computer systems to human needs, and so he took a look at this restaurant.

He was appalled.

Later, he said to me, "If that's the fate of computer technology under capitalism, then I'll be a communist."

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