Sunday, 27 March 2011

Ups And Downs

    Edgar Allen Poe had The Pit And The Pendulum, The Prisoner has the domed Control Room, and a steel See-Saw device! The Pendulum is seen as an intrument of torture during the time of the Spanish Inquision, and this tool was used to convey fear into the inhabitants of the land.. But can the steel See-Saw device of the village underworld, be seen as an intrument of torture? The definition of See-Saw is an up and down, back and forth movement, and I don't think that the two Observers who sit on either end of the See-Saw are being tortured. That fact of the matter is that the use of the Sea-Saw is a technique developed to help prolong the attention duration of an Observer. Usually the duratioin when security is monitoring screens is twenty minutes, then they fail to notice what is taking place on the monitors, and so after twenty minutes duration, it's time to take a break from the monitor.
   However, deep in the bowels of the village, beneath the village, in a cavern, the steel See-Saw device is put to a much darker use, as the two men sitting at either end of the See-Saw are armed with heavy machine guns! The purpose is to maintain security whilst the session is in progress, during the trial of three rebels during Fall Out. Only I have to say that the positioning of the heavy machine guns was not that effective. Oh they were fine when firing upwards, or on a level. But when it came to a target below them......well it was the depression you see, not enough downward depression!
    Only in the village could an innocent childs toy be employed to prolong Observers observational duration. Some might say that it evolves into a symbol of the unfair rise and fall of power, which ultimately becomes a symbol of war, rendering both death and destruction.
I'm Piet Hein

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