A new Christmas “tradition” has emerged that not only has Santa making a list of who’s naughty and nice, but a personal “elf” to watch over children, spy on them in every room and “report” back to the North Pole ahead of Christmas.
And… the toy makers promise that parents have found it to be a useful “behavior modification” tool, with kids acting different when they believe someone is watching their every move.
In the context of the reality we live in today, this is ridiculous. Do they have a version with embedded cameras that feed back to Central Services?
NSA surveillance state conditioning, anyone?
I mean, really, this goes so far beyond the idea that Santa is keeping tabs from the distance North Pole – this toy elf is in your living room, your kitchen, your bedroom… even the bathroom? (Gotta make sure they brush…)
Did you ever notice that SANTA equates to little else than, hmm…. SATAN?!
Actually, that’s the church lady’s take, we were thinking more of the NSA & Co. who are collecting and analyzing every phone call and total Internet activity throughout the country, and profiling who’s been a good consumer and a loyal, blind American dupe during all the unconstitutional spying, wars, bank heists and provocateuring going on over the last few decades. Don’t be caught being a dissident!
The NSA’s making a list and checking it thousands of times an hour… and this year, the “Elf on Shelf” can help make that experience more, umm… personal. Let’s just say, we were a little bit creeped by its larger implications for conditioning children to accept total surveillance.
There are even extra outfits you can buy to make your Elf one of the family, keeping an eye out for the Big Boys in government, while hanging out with you! It was kind of like this Christmas’ Tickle Me Elmo, but updated for the 21st Century Big Brother society.
And check out the parallels to Terry Gilliam’s cult-classic Brazil (1985), where phony terrorism has made the consumerist society apathetic and closely watched, even during the holidays, when Santa’s helper is Mr. Helpmann, the Minister of Information in an information obsessed total surveillance society and feeds on torture and oppression.