Do we control IT? or Does IT control us?

The reader is not made aware of the genesis of Global Frequency (GF) operations until Warren Ellis takes you back in time to five years prior to the organization’s start. This particular scene reveals the first time that Miranda Zero and Aleph are formally introduced. When Aleph accepts the job offer from Ms. Zero, as center commander in the GF operations, the female dynamic duo takes its first breath together in saving the human race. Ms. Zero gives her center commander the name Aleph because it represents”a point from which you can see all other points in the universe (Warren Ellis).” The narrative reveals the truth of our interconnected world and the crises that occur right beneath our noses.
In Martin Heidegger’s The Question Concerning Technology, he makes a claim that technology is a poesis and that it brings forth the truth. “Everywhere we remain unfree and chained to technology, whether we passionately affirm or deny it (Heidegger 311).” The world is constantly increasing its demand for instant communication. It is hard to think of a day when we are not connected to technology in some form. We are all linked to a cyber network of some sort, similar to the way the Global Frequency operation is set up. Aleph is the powerhouse of the GF operations. She has the ability to find the location of virtually anything on the planet with the click of a button. With the combined efforts of Aleph, Ms. Zero, and the 1,001 agents to keep in contact, they are able to save humanity from ruthless acts of harm.
Ellis brings forth the idea that we are not alone in today’s world. There is someone, like Aleph, always watching. This idea is quite similar to the idea that George Orwell had in his novel 1984 that “Big Brother is watching you”. In the 1984 novel, there are telescreens in every house that are unable to be switched off. The people are being constantly monitored and watched under the eyes of the Party leader, Big Brother. Aleph relates to Big Brother in that she is the overseeing eye of every documented human on the planet. The vast increases in technology can stimulate power hungry humans, which can lead to a corrupted society. In recent years, humanity has developed excessive pride to think we have complete control in terms of technology. It is naïve to believe this. There are great advancements in technology to track and trace our every move. For example, Google has the ability to trace back to every letter we type into the search engine. This brief video explains the extent of control Google has over our browsing selections.


There is a strong correlation of increasing technology and decreasing privacy in present day. There are numerous concerns of maintaining control over technology. Anything too powerful has the ability to cause destruction. Heidegger agrees, “[t]he will to mastery becomes all the more urgent the more technology threatens to slip from human control (Heidegger 313).” We are losing control unconsciously with every update we make to our smart phones. Our phones are able to recognize the words we plan to type by entering a single letter. The autocorrect on our electronics seem to always be one step ahead of us, similar to the way Aleph is one step ahead of the villains in each chapter of Global Frequency. Technology has full capabilities of surpassing human kind. Therefore, we must not allow touch screens to cause us to lose touch of reality. We must be aware of the control technology has on our lives.

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3 Responses to Do we control IT? or Does IT control us?

  1. dfw1alskare says:

    I was both super excited about the video you posted and then also super shocked to find out even the slightest bit of information about the way Google is the “Big Brother” of 21st century society. I really like that you ended your post in saying, “We must be aware of the control technology has on our lives” because I was just speaking to a professor about this recently – how a society that is so advanced in its use of technology is different from a society in a different part of the world that may not be as advanced as we are. Like we spoke about in class, human kind exposed to the exponential advancement of technology is changed into posthuman kind. As a society, we do not do the things that are natural to us as “social” beings. For example, before smartphones were as ubiquitous as they are today, when people used to converse with each other as opposed to stare at a screen, as we all do today (e.g. when we are waiting for a bus, right before class begins). It is so interesting that in gaining these advancements in technology to communicate more efficiently with one another, we are at the same time desensitized and completely unsocial when it actually comes to human-human (or posthuman-posthuman) interaction.

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  2. lostmythics says:

    Your post reminded me of some thing from Japan that also relates to universal oversight is a game for the Playstation Vita called Freedom Wars. This title is based around post-apocalyptic city-states that fight to protect and steal people from each other. Each individual is really seen as a resource and furthermore each person must earn “entitlements” to be able to run, interact with people of opposite genders, interact with different classes, etc. Things that are seen to detract from a person’s value is suppressed. For that reason your character is under 24/7 surveillance by an android that follows you wherever you go and records your every action and words. Definitely this is another allusion to how all we say and do on the Internet is in some way recorded or followed.

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  3. danwillisdan says:

    Global Frequency, as we discussed in class, seems to contain a very utopian vision of information technology and distributed networks. Do you sense dystopian undertones anywhere? I think Ellis is not without his reservations, but for the most part seems concerned with the saving potential of technology like the Global Frequency.


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