Berg’s 12th Law Is No Less Universal Than The Others

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

Volvo will install in-car cameras to monitor your behavior.
I suspect the signal will be beamed directly to Mac-Groveland for review by a cadre of St. Kate’s students who will scrutinize it for every micro-aggression and Tweet their dismay that offenders remain employed.
Joe Doakes


While not as well-known as Berg’s Seventh Law, Berg’s 12th Law – “The humorous, satirical or hyperbolic explanation of “progressive” behavior will, in direct proportion to the recklessness, extralegality, deviance or confrontiveness of the “progressive” actions being analyzed, to be the correct explanation.” – is both applicable here, and utterly on point.

We may be in line for a corollary, though. “Today’s jokes about “progressive” petulance, hypocrisy and bullying are tomorrow’s headlines, next week’s proposals, and next month’s policies”.

5 thoughts on “Berg’s 12th Law Is No Less Universal Than The Others

  1. Volvo will install in-car cameras to monitor your behavior.

    Orwell could not have seen this, well from private companies at least.

  2. A futurist was telling us about how the Age of the Algorithm, and how in China they don’t even use cash any more when giving to beggars; each beggar has his own QR code for e-transactions. i asked about China using facial recognition, proximity detection and algorithms to control its population and “reward” social behavior (and punish what they don’t like). He said what we have to understand is that China is a closed system that allows the government to do this.

    “We’ll have the same the same thing in the West,” he said, “but it will be controlled by corporations, not governments.”

  3. I bet teenagers on dates will just LOVE that feature, and their little brothers are going to hack into the system and tell….

  4. I bet teenagers on dates will just LOVE that feature, and their little brothers are going to hack into the system and tell….

    While my previous post eliminates the video portion, I’m sure the audio portion will be picked up by the in-car cell phone microphone. That one would be a little more difficult to defeat. I suppose you could have the stereo cranked loud enough to cover all other incriminating sounds. If meaningful communication were needed, there’s always SMS (while fully stopped, of course).

    I’ll leave it at that.

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