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A comic on social credit system.

Discussion in 'Ethics & Morality' started by Paulos23, Apr 19, 2021.

  1. Paulos23

    Paulos23 Never tell me the odds!

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    One of my favorite webcomic artists has made a cute comic about a social credit system. They are taking t from the view of a Christian, but even as a non-Christian I do find some of the things they bring up disturbing.

    Like government tied to corporations cyberpunk post-utopia levels of disturbing. With fuzzy bunnies!

    A webcomic about a Social Credit system

    At any rate, what you think of social credit systems? To me, they have always existed in one form or another via social pressure and governmental laws. Social credit is just a fine-tuned way to implement that pressure. But that doesn't make it right.

    Controlling what people read or talk to or buy at that level in the comic is frightening. But with the levels of terror in the world today, I can see why some governments think this is a good idea.
     
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  2. OldWiseGuy

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    Waay too long to finish. Cute graphics though. :oldthumbsup:
     
  3. GreekOrthodox

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    The Black Mirror "Nosedive" and the Orville episode "Majority Rule" have good commentary on social credit systems.
     
  4. Paulos23

    Paulos23 Never tell me the odds!

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    If it is to long I recommend scrolling to the end and read the artist's message at the end.
     
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  5. Paulos23

    Paulos23 Never tell me the odds!

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    Yup. With bunnies. ^_^

    But yes, this ticks off all my late 80's and early 90's triggers from my social commentary sci-fi reading.
     
  6. Bradskii

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    The writer says at the end that even the slightest trespass deserves eternal punishment.

    Whut?
     
  7. PloverWing

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    I think this is right, that communities have long used gossip and ridicule and similar social pressures to enforce conformity. A social credit system like we see in the comic and the Black Mirror and Orville episodes is just an over-the-top formalization of this.

    It actually took me by surprise in the comic when reading the Bible was worth 0 points, then negative points. In the subculture I grew up in, reading the Bible would be seen as positive points (unless you were seen to be faking it for the points!). I trust the author is aware that social conformity pressures happen in all kinds of groups, including religious groups.

    I like the art and the fuzzy bunnies. Is there a place online where other comics by this same artist are posted?
     
  8. Paulos23

    Paulos23 Never tell me the odds!

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    This is the webcomic I know the artist for (and is still working on): Stand Still. Stay Silent - webcomic

    Warning: it is not a Christian comic, but a post-apocalyptic comic based in Nordic countries.

    There is a link to their store and other work they have published on the page. They did say the bunny comic will be out in book form.

    As for the Bible being zero points, that is a fear of many Christians, even when I was growing up in the 70's and 80's. I understand where the author is going with that, extreme Christians do not shine a good light on Christianity and it could backlash on the rest of the Christians, or the state has decided that Christians don't fit with their society.

    Given how some Christians have treated minority groups in my country, I can understand those fears.
     
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  9. PloverWing

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    Thanks for the pointer to the webcomic!

    Yes, I understand those fears, too.
     
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