Sunday, April 20, 2008
The Virus Becomes Us
Having been besotted by viruses, I look to the words of Jeff Lebowski paraphrasing Lenin: "It's all a goddamn fake. Like Lenin said, look for the person who will benefit. And you will, uh, you know, you'll, uh, you know what I'm trying to say--" Since the only people who benefit from computer viruses are anti-virus companies, I want to conclude that they are the ones behind their proliferation. The alternative is that the world is full of nihilistic, mindlessly destructive peons with a means but no end; little boys in mother's basements jerking off to the sight of their perfectly, purposelessly constructed dunce-codes. Sadly though that is exactly the case, which is why Lenin, for all the seeming beauty of his argument, was wrong. People are just not reasonable or competent enough. Maybe certain aspects of the American government benefited from 9/11, but that doesn't mean they did it: nihilistic, mindlessly destructive peons with a means but no end did it, and that many people believe otherwise contrary to all facts is a sign of man's denial of the chaos of his nature and nature in general. So although I want to blame anti-virus companies for the proliferation of computer viruses, and refuse to buy an anti-virus program to spite their machinations, I know in my heart that there is no conspiracy. There are only dunces.