We Need A Word For This

03/21/201755 Comments

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You know that feeling you get when you catch a glimpse of the future that we are being socially engineered to accept? Of course you do. We encounter it with more and more frequency in our everyday lives here on the cusp of the New World Disorder. Today James provides an example from everyday life here in Japan and asks for a word for that particular sense of unease we get when we encounter the thin edge of the social engineer's wedge.

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  1. Obliv says:

    the term your looking for is just plain old “technocracy”.

    Im a forklift driver and temporarily worked at a massive glass bottle producing plant.
    the warehouse stored approx 100,000 pallets, they replaced half the forkies with automated forklift robots who could lift 4 pallets at a time instead of 3 on a regular fork.

    they had initial teething problems but in the end one person monitoring 4 robot forks replaced about 6 regular workers.

    google images “robot forklift” and look at the blue one on the first line, you’ll see what i mean.

  2. m.clare says:

    How about combining two words in Dr. Seusian fashion: “Septiphany” – a septic epiphany. Or, “Vomen” – a vomit inducing omen.

    How about a “kissinger” – foreboding asskissing harbinger of impending fascism… James, you may have recently suffered the fetid sting of a kissinger. You’d better sit down, collect yourself and seek medical…wait…no. I think a kissinger is something you step in at the dog park.

    • Shar says:

      Sorry, I must vote against ‘vomen’ because it would soon be used to describe ‘vomit inducing women’ and with all the names used in place of ‘women’ I’m a little surprised this hasn’t been discovered already. You may just start a trend here. Uh-oh.

  3. I propose calling it the Corbett Effect, perhaps because you were in a mall and the Gruen Transfer or Gruen Effect came to mind ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gruen_transfer ) which I first learned of from the amazing Australian Gruen television series about advertising, political campaigns, and the art of persuasion.

    Though I like what m.clare offered too.

    How about technoxious or technauseous?

    • 2D Corbett animation test coming very soon. 3D much later. It’s never too late to let me know if you have a phrase or few you’d like rather than random soundbytes. Once the character rigs are set up my animation can flow.


      Questions For Corbett: The History channel is clearly full of junk, but I do enjoy the guilty pleasure of half-watching the repetitive reductive treasure hunters on The Curse of Oak Island while I’m busy with other stuff. (BBC has some good ones often enough. Have you seen Assassin’s Creed?) What do you think of Oak Island and/or do you have any guilty “mainstream” pleasures that you’re ashamed to admit to?

  4. nosoapradio says:

    I think you were suffering from an acute case of what’s known as “Creeping Cassandra” Mr Corbett, which is often characterized by such symptoms as “Cassandra’s Colic” and “Cassandra’s Cough”. Of course, though it is often passed off as being mere technophobia, this perfectly healthy, albeit relatively rare condition, often afflicts those already suffering from the notorious Cassandra Complex.
    A few minutes of Tetris, Candy Crush and/or Pokemon Go have been found to ease the symptoms.

  5. HomeRemedySupply says:

    I agree that a term, a nomenclature for this concept would be important.
    An acronym might be a good way to go.
    “normalizing” “conditioning of society or culture” “nefarious” “covert”

    (“nefarious” or “covert” is important in that a society can evolve to a normalization of a beneficial concept. e.g. We don’t use old-time pewter (lead) cups to drink out of.)

    I am amazed at all the things becoming the “new normal”.
    Recently, anarchist Tim Allen has been hit hard by media headlines. Example: Anne Frank Center Slams Tim Allen For “Deeply Offensive” Nazi Germany Comment
    WATCH (4 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7rpWLLPQSA
    In the video, he discusses how free speech is affected. Also, Tim humorously expresses concern on how we are being spied upon via our phones or Google AND how this has become normalized.

    More Tim Allen…

  6. tomith911 says:

    To describe the feeling that one gets when they are confronted with something that is being portrayed as normal even though it is well known, by that person, to be abnormal.
    I propose “oxymornwell”, as in: “I feel oxymornwell after seeing a friendly robot guide in the mall that I know, with a high degree of certainty, represents a facet of the technocratic agenda to control society.”
    The word is derived from “oxymoron” and the last name of George Orwell; I thought the word should pay homage to his book 1984 and its references to newspeak (black is white, up is down, etc).
    Clearly I’m an amazing linguist, but I won’t be hurt if you don’t like my word 🙂

  7. rexdavis2010 says:

    This isn’t exactly what I believe you are trying to get at here, but the term “Uncanny Valley” could perhaps play into a useful term….

    In aesthetics, the uncanny valley is the hypothesis that human replicas which appear almost, but not exactly, like real human beings elicit feelings of eeriness and revulsion among some observers

    • Richard Ran says:

      The real uncanny thing is that I get that creepy valley feeling more and more with actual human beings. A growing number seem like they’ve landed some time ago, but still slip up every now and then when the ghost of Pepper san takes over. Humans get peppered and Pepper gets humanized 😉

  8. LenZoo says:

    For me it’s a “Technolution” where we are right now.
    I work for a major broadcaster and the camera men/women in the news studios have been replaced a couple of years ago by preprogrammed robotic cameras. (Could get dangerous if you should stand in the way).
    Personally, I’m a sound engineer and my (and that of many colleagues) occupational field is diminishing daily. Our job was to, not only record and transmit radio/TV shows, but be the first listener/viewer offering criticism. Now we are being replaced by software in the offices and always more by cell phones.

  9. HomeRemedySupply says:

    I understand how James Corbett’s 3-4 year old might react the way he did.
    ANECDOTE – Back in the very early 1950’s when I was 3-4 years old, I had two reoccurring terrifying nightmares. One was “clowns”, a thin tall one and a short round one, the images of which came from a children’s book. My younger brother would not get out of bed at night because a whale was under the bed. He also got the image from a children’s book.
    My most terrifying, sweat causing nightmare was that I can’t move while a laser beam starts to go through my pillow into the back of my head. Keep in mind, I had no idea of the concept of laser beams nor any exposure to such during this era. At this age, I could not communicate well nor even define the concept. I did not talk about the nightmare. My Mother was so alarmed that she was trying to coerce me to see a Psych. I would say “no” and keep on playing. Eventually, the nightmares went away.

    NIGHTMARES & B1 – Sugar or coffee or alcohol or lots of white rice can deplete Vitamin B1 (thiamin). Taking Vitamin B1 often resolves nightmares (or sometimes depression). Vitamin B1 balances with Vitamin C and Magnesium…so if one gets a nose bleed, do Vit C …or if one gets leg cramps, take Magnesium in some type of citrate form. All the B complex vitamins are important, helping with mental and other body processes.

    • lanita says:

      I used to take care of my nephew, and once watched “Frosty the Snowman,” the animated film they show at Christmas… when Frosty melted, my nephew burst into tears and ran to hide. So traumatic for him, it made me think about the impact that had on him (and other children, no doubt.) So a human-like character was acceptable in the storyline, but once he started to melt, for my little nephew, it was a ‘human’ melting. I expect that for James’ son, the robot was a human, but not a human, so frightening. Indoctrination starts with animated movies, with little cuddly robots. It’s their healthy brains that reject the image, or the robot. They’re not yet indoctrinated. James’ son will grow up with the ability to engage in critical thinking; lucky kid! 🙂

      • Shar says:

        I’ve often wondered why kids are exposed to such awful images in fairy tales (Grimm’s are good if you want to scare the hell out of your kids), or with books like Old Yeller, then Bambi, then Frosty…Yuck. I think that should be just ousted because real life is going to teach them all about loss all too soon. THEN they can watch Bambi, read Old Yeller, etc.

  10. Jason Forbes says:


    noun: unsanity
    the ability to not think and behave in a normal and rational manner; unsound mental health.

  11. tyler.c says:

    Looks like a Downer-Bot to me. We’ve given up the skin and flesh of human interaction for sleek plastic and metal. If only for crappy directions in the mall.

  12. lanita says:

    A Panopticon moment… seeing the real world behind the one presented to maintain somnolence. That shock when you notice the cameras trained on you in stores, on the streets, at the ATM machine… everywhere. That shock when you realize you have zero privacy. Behavior changes accordingly, by design.
    Recommend: http://www.igi-global.com/chapter/public-intimacy-new-face-book/36047

    Think about BFSkinner: http://www.acrwebsite.org/search/view-conference-proceedings.aspx?Id=9201
    Also see: http://www.archive.org/details/openmind_ep1313

    Or Cass Sunstein’s “Nudge” – controlling behavior by ‘nudging’ someone to make a decision in the way YOU want them to decide: https://books.google.com/books/about/Nudge.html?id=dSJQn8egXvUC

    Matrix moments: once you are aware you can’t unaware yourself. That peaceful existence many of my family and friends enjoy, they don’t want to wake up.
    Sometimes I’d rather take the steak.

  13. Tech.lish


    extremely sensitive to new (strange, weird i.e., New World Order oriented) technology

    the feeling one gets (chills) when confronted with electronic components (having human characteristics) that are covered in plastic or silicone “skin”. (young children being particularly sensitive)


    • nosoapradio says:

      Nice! I feel a little “techlish” when I watch the British/American TV series Black Mirror. Or when I sign a refusal form for my son to use his handprint to enter the junior high school cafeteria.
      But I have to admit, for a long time I was under the mistaken impression that “Techlish” was a form of International Doublespeak that I was supposed to know and be teaching my European business students.

      On another note:

      Any sort of mask (Halloween or Commedia dell’Arte) has always made populations of little children cry with horror and anxiety… (at least ever since I’ve been paying attention to little children’s reactions)… like bots and clowns make little and not so little children shiver, gag and weep…

      • Of course then there is also:


        That’s an even more extreme reaction caused by intrusive technology and more likely to happen when having to submit to a hand-print or any other personal bio-data.


        …Clown faces will never be friendly again; too many horror movies have put paid to the notion that a clown is “Friendly”.

        • nosoapradio says:

          I really must thank you for that precision concerning the true definition of “techlash”. Since I’d always thought that “techlash” was when a country that had been repeatedly attacked by a “superpower” country using a certain type of weaponry, subsequently responded using the same or a similar form of weaponry.

          Though, many say this sort of military response only occurs in the form of a false flag attack carried out by the original agressor country, penalizing the originally victimized country.

          This sort of technical vocabulary can be so confusing…

          Actually, I’d be interested in hearing more about “tech-leash”…?

          • You mean where a person is unable to stop texting -no matter what the circumstances?

            …Or was that Tech-laden?

            I get those two mixed up all the time.

            • Richard Ran says:

              Isn’t Tech-laden the Pepper version of Osama?

              Glad to be of help.

              • nosoapradio says:

                My sincere apologies for having been such a tech-lush last night leaving incoherent messages comprised of pathetic pseudo political punning (a little like tech-leashing but on websites after falling into a bottle of bordeaux)

                unfortunately this can lead to tech-leechinng making it impossible to detach oneself from said websites and can be associated with exacerbated erratic message making characterized by excessive alitteration

                and even tech-loaching when one feels compelled to write depressing scenarios about poor people victimized by technoc

                nevermind… gotta get an asprine…

  14. Pablo de Boer says:

    Dear James,

    There exist also Pepper the Geriatric nurse / Pepper the Social caretaker, the robotic cat for the elderly and Robear nursing care robot. I hope that the grandparents of your children will also run away from those robots just like your child did….

    The soft side of robots: elderly care

    Robots could help solve social care crisis, say academics

    Meet the robotic cat for the elderly – BBC News – BBC.com

    ROBEAR: The experimental nursing care robot

    I think it is better when we humans take care for the elderly people, otherwise corporations like IBM will do that for us

    IBM is working on a robot that takes care of elderly people who live alone

  15. Richard Ran says:

    Hi there James,

    Back here in Woodenshoesland, these were my first attempts at capturing your experience:

    1) humalienation by a gateway desensitizer (sorry, it gets better)

    2) a Newordor alert (ok, perhaps not quite)

    3) a Ctrl+Alt Erlebnis (then I gave up)

    After diner, the puzzle suddenly fell into place. It’s not unlike the novelty response research on primates.

    The upgrading of machines (and all things non-human) and corresponding downgrading of humanity can be explained in a simple flowchart depicting:

    A) person’s introduction to a “gateway desensitizer“, a novelty like cuddly little Pepper san.

    B) person’s experience of that introduction, what we call a typical “NeNoCo experience” (New Normal Conditioning)

    C) person’s reaction to that experience (a reaction depending on one’s level of desensitization), in this (James’) case best described as a “BoFro alert” (Boiling Frogs)

    My 2 (euro)cts, for what they’re worth,
    Cheers, Richard

    P.s.: the BoFro alert isn’t for everyone. Many people will react to Pepper san and other cuddly creeps with primal hostility and eventually, a grudging toleration. Others might react like a sigma male, embracing the novelty to climb the ladder so clearly displayed in front of the discerning opportunist.

  16. robert.b says:

    Hi James
    In this particular example “trainerbot” comes to mind. For other insidious, candy coated attempts to desensitize the public to otherwise parasitic and invasive technologies how about “insertech,” “groomology,” “technopablum,” “trainertech,” or simply “techbait”? These terms don’t seem to capture the pseudo warm, cuddly aspects of that horrid little Pepper-san you showed us, and I wonder if Japanese culture does not regard this kind of sticky packaging quite as cynically as the U.S. market might. I like the other responses riffing off Newspeak and I wish I could think of some.
    Thanks for the video! There needs to be a word for this…

    • robert.b says:

      I thought of one: Normerge, normergic, or normerging. The feeling of being subjected to a covert attempt to induce the incorporation and normalization of a concept, device, system, or technology as if it were already a generally accepted reality.

      • Richard Ran says:

        A normerger, in this case by means of “technocratical correctness,” i.e. the orchestrated acceptance of a transhumanist worldview?

        • robert.b says:

          Like when the friendly bank teller says, with a smile, “Just look into the RetnaSecure and we can begin processing your deposit,”? Or, when the gas station attendant barks over the loudspeaker, “FIRST put your hand up against that screen to the right of the card reader, THEN select the grade, THEN pump the gas!”

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      “normerging” “groomology” “Panopticon”

      Some great suggestions on this thread.

  17. PeaceFroggs says:

    Can’t wait until someone invents R2D2’s and C3PO’s to help vacuum, wash dishes, laundry and mow the lawn.

  18. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Truthstream Media March 21, 2017
    The System Is Normalizing Cannibalism (e.g. A CNN host eating human brains on TV)

  19. generalbottlewasher says:

    This would be a snap for the author of “A Clockwork Orange ” was it Anthony Burgess? Anyway many good suggestions. I would submit ‘Hypnoplasia’;conscious immobility to avoid being controlled by an subtle improbability responce mechanization. Thank you again James C.

  20. truitt_richard says:

    The word is foreshadowing

  21. bryankaufman says:

    Red Pill Moment
    Smith Spotting, or ‘outing Agent Smith’
    Bernais whiplash
    glimpse of the Camel’s Nose
    Omen recognition
    diversionary mismatch
    technohazard shine-through

  22. Colin Green says:

    Wow! A lot of posts.

    My thought (as posted on YT) is simply combine two appropriate words…
    mortified + epiphany = mortifipiphany
    e.g. In a gut churning instant of mortifipiphany, you realise that the black hole is within

  23. Octium says:

    I got the same feeling with my first encounter of facebook. It was asking me to sign in with my birthday to view a public web page.

    I didn’t sign up then and haven’t signed up since. I had no idea who was behind it back then, however I’m glad I went with my intuition.

    Mind you, facebook did not seem cute like the robot. Just a boring blue web page much like it is today.

  24. david b says:

    Remember the talking robot in the show Lost in Space
    Rosie on the Jetsons

    Can find a name here?

  25. philomen says:

    Lots of great options for the above-mentioned creepy feeling that previously had made me upset. The video inspired me: When faced with technocracy, I will whisper “Freedom” and reward myself with ongoing, incremental actions to further free myself off the grid. I have a Special Note-Book to keep me on track. Thank you James.

  26. david b says:

    call it the age of B-9 (Name of Robot from Lost in Space)

  27. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Social Conditioninghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_conditioning
    Bernays and the Elite “…a dominant group exercises ‘moral and intellectual leadership’ throughout society by winning the voluntary ‘consent’ of popular masses.” Bernays believed that this was a functionalist approach. Stating “vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses.” Such influence is made possible by persistent repetition….

    I also gained more insight by looking at definitions of words, synonyms and also their definitions.

    “Condition” – have a significant influence on or determine (the manner or outcome of something) – constrain, control, govern, determine, decide; affect, touch; form, shape, guide, sway, bias
    – train or accustom (someone or something) to behave in a certain way or to accept certain circumstances – : train, teach, educate, guide; accustom, adapt, habituate, mold, inure
    “Normal” – conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected. – usual, standard, ordinary, customary, conventional, habitual, accustomed, expected, wonted; typical, stock, common, everyday, regular, routine, established, set, fixed, traditional, time-honored, ordinary, average, typical, run-of-the-mill, middle-of-the-road, common, conventional, mainstream, unremarkable, unexceptional, garden-variety
    And more words…“Abnormal” – “Aberration” – “Perverted” – “Degraded”

    MAN – Molded Abnormal Normalities

  28. macburns says:

    Affliction: SOBBSS Sudden Onset of Big Brother Sensitivity Syndrome

    Signs and symptoms: Feeling as if you are the only person in the world who sees this, isolation, despair, hopelessness, powerlessness, inability to communicate what you are seeing in a way that others will understand.

    Remedies: Regular infusions of the Corbett Report content and subscriber tribal unity. Get out of debt, eat a local whole food organic diet, avoid western medicine at all costs, heat with wood, collect rain water, grow your own food, don’t vote, don’t send your DNA to any company, home school your kids, don’t vaccinate, make lots of babies and have them at home, ditch your smart phone, plug in and don’t use wifi, keep trying to awaken others, don’t be afraid, seek God. !

    • macburns says:

      …or PAINE: Panopticon Awareness In the Natural/Normal Environment

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      I like the use of acronyms to describe this concept Corbett was talking about. Much of our language is now full of acronyms.

      “Panopticon” – a building, as a prison, hospital, library, or the like, so arranged that all parts of the interior are visible from a single point. from Greek panoptos “fully visible, seen by all”

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