Technology has countervailing effects. We can send a battle by air to a land we have never set foot in, laying previously unimaginable distance between us and our wars. But at the same time we can see on a device in our pocket a satellite picture of these places so remote. Maybe, Bridle writes, the instant connectivity of our world can be a platform not just for faster information, but for deeper empathy for people who live a world away.
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I’m not sure this writer for The Atlantic understands the nature of Washington’s drone warfare and this blatant promotion of the ‘Dronestagram’ product frightens me.
The reality is murder is inflicted predominantly onto people whose names don’t exist on any lists as suspects of legitimate crimes or potential threats to security, which would not excuse murder if it even were the case. Victims of drones are completely unknown to those sent to kill them. The U.S. military kills people in multiple regions across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, which you empathetically deem ‘another world’, based on monitored “patterns of activity”. This vague data is believed to signal possible intent to conduct terrorist activity somewhere, onto someone, maybe someday sometime. The lives of thousands of people and their entire communities are in the hands of Americans staring at computer screens while wielding joysticks that turn human beings into “bug splatter”, as they call them, with the touch of a button. If the soldiers who order these murders can do so without having any empathy, what the hell makes you think the most privileged members of American society looking at maps will develop this emotion?