Alexis Grey (agrey) wrote in anagnosts,
Alexis Grey

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Here I am, Andrew, This is I, Andrew

Well, Andrew, good evening. I'm here.

Yes, I've agreed to take part in your little experiment. I have to say I find your own attitude about it rather abrasive. Certainly, Lovecraft's stories presented some rather extreme feelings, especially alienation and technophobia, but, really, isn't that exactly what's happening in the real world?

Most people don't want to know how technology works. They don't bother with the details of it like we do. There's just too much of it for them to care. All they really want is for it to work and to do what they want it to do. And, of course, because they don't bother to learn, they get frustrated and angry when it doesn't. And they provide work for people like me.

Alienation... we are the ones who end up alienated. Because we do care to learn, to pry, to want to know what the big shiny red history-eraser button does. And when we swoop in out of the blue and fix their problems, people see us as miracle workers. Other times, it's "Oh, that's just Alex, playing with her toys. Doesn't she do anything fun?" Well, yes, I do do a lot of fun things. I enjoy them. They don't. And so we drift further apart. Lack of common interest produces lack of socialization proceeds to alienation, fear, and mistrust. Lovecraft's mad scientists in their dark, hidden laboratories are today's hackers, gadgeteers, and fiddlers-with-things. We face not the mindless horror of Azathoth, but the mindless horror of Windows XP - certainly more prosaic, but to the average citizen no less frightening.

So, yes, Andrew, I'll be here. I'll watch while you dig yourself into your "pile of crap". And once you're good and buried in it, maybe I'll be waiting with a shovel.

Or maybe not.

That, after all, is the essence of Lovecraft's work: to peer into the unknown, accepting its dangers, embracing its infinite possibilities.
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