Digital Dystopia or Online Utopia?

Image: John Hughes via Flickr

Picture. A summer of restlessness and solitary confinement. Inability to work, money and food shortages, private renters turfed out onto the streets for the sake of those who can afford a life without working in the general sense of the word. Fighting on the streets for the last loaf of bread and people stealing cows. Because you know; that’s what people want. But could we all just live online anyway? Do we really need to see each other that much?

With the world planning for and embracing the potential closure of its services, work, entertainment, and just general fun, it leaves many a question to what summer plans can we enjoy? With decisions yet to be made on Tokyo Olympics and other sporting, music, events of any gathering, could we have a summer with fuck all to do?

More importantly, if a mass decision for isolation is bought up (in the most extreme circumstances) will people have any money to do fuck all? Small businesses missing out on trade and losing swathes of money. Without a statutory sick pay in place for many workers in the UK their money that ordinarily be earned is going to be out the window too. The long term affects of all of this could be quite disastrous.

From a purely selfish point of view, I have to say that the world would be kicking me right in the bollocks, with Wolverhampton Wanderers and England with a chance of European glory if the worst was to happen and all events were cancelled. It kind of backs up this occasional thought I have that this world isn’t really here and it is all made up in my head, and all of you are figments of my imagination / technology that I perceive as imagination. No offence like.

Back to the point in hand though, maybe the major sporting events could be played by the digital versions of the athletes? Perhaps this could be the rise of the gamer? With big money in these things already, imagine if the only form of entertainment permitted was to be carried out in isolation. Millions of people tuning into a televised Digital European Championship final played by two 17-year-olds representing their whole nation and taking them to glory.

Would Amazon be allowed to launch their delivery drones to ship supplies to people? Or a driverless car to deliver some snacks and beers for the final. I mean the possibilities are already there for this kind of thing where we don’t need interaction with anybody. I mean I’m writing this on a train, but I could easily be writing it at home. The argument for companies needing office space and whether it is essential for people to be in the office everyday rages on with many an argument against its necessity.

Don’t get me wrong. I would most definitely miss human company. I’m pretty shit at being on my own in all fairness. I’d much rather go down the pub and sink 4 pints than stay in alone and attempt to entertain myself, but maybe I could just create Skype pubs? All paying our subscription fees to the gamers.

Of course, the biggest problem here will be the reproduction factor. Whilst of course there will always be more than enough pornography to keep peoples urges at bay for the rest of their days. I once discussed the possibility that there are probably more pornos born than humans each day in some form or other. But masturbating into a tissue/sock/plughole, whatever your preference is, isn’t going to be able keep that horny bloodline going for very long. I mean, it would take all the fun out of it, but there are probably delivery services that could get the ‘ingredients’ to where they are needed, but then are babies taken into special isolation units up on birth? This obviously needs working out, and we can leave that to people who know more on the situation than a good folk like myself.

Obviously I don’t want to be taken away from the things I love to do in the real world anytime soon, and it would be advantageous to keep everybody fit and healthy, but just in case this digital world post Coronavirus does take hold, you might want to brush up on your sports gaming skills, I’m going to focus on Football Manager, to entertain the masses whilst taking the fame and power away from those chiselled specimens who have spent every waking moment on honing their skills in the real world, seeing the ‘padiators’ overtaking the gladiators.

But let’s put this to the masses. Destruction via digital dystopia? Or online utopia?

<Insert the generic that sounds like a Black Mirror episode here.>

Albums Getting Me Through The Day #1

Let’s be honest, for most of us, things are a bit shit right now. Props to those who aren’t being dragged down by negative vibes, but for a lot of folk I talk to, the hell is real. Whilst we’re all here for each other, when that goes wrong, it usually results in a three day bender and the following days being ten times worse than the days before. Yeah, a limit on the booze intake is most definitely a good thing for old noggin, but I’m not here to preach that. Moderation and all that.

No. I’m here instead to preach the power of music. Personally, when I’ve been feeling shit whacking an album on as soon as I wake up helps up no end. Get an album done whilst shitting and showering, followed by a walk to work which fits another album in. Perfect.

I prefer to listen to albums in full generally and appreciate how the artist wanted it to come across and all that. Call me a wanker or whatever, but that’s how it is. I’m not against playlists at all, made some bloody good ones actually, but the charm of an album tops it for me.

Whilst I’ve always liked the idea of sharing an album a day, it kind of loses its magic if it’s done just for the sake of it. That’s where good friend of The Bungalow, Harry, has come in with his #AlbumsGettingMeThroughTheDay on Twitter.

The hashtag really sums up what the music is doing at these moments, and whilst it will always be best to pick your own albums, which of course you are experts in, we’ll share ours with you and yours with the world.

Together we’ll build a collection of #AlbumsGettingMeThroughTheDay for all to enjoy, as we march on towards a collective improvement in our mental health.

To kick things off, we go back to December 9th 2019 when H dropped his first instalment.

The Wedding Present – Bizarro (1989) which up on original LP release contained 10 tracks. Below are the UK remastered CD version with seven additional tracks added to the end.

Above is a YouTube playlist that you can enjoy right here (which should work forever, or until someone pulls it down).

Here is a link to the album on Spotify for those on the go.

What albums are getting you through the day? Discuss in the comments below!

Bungalow Returns To Action: 7th February 2020

The Bungalow DJs return to Claptrap on 7th February with their disco covering all of the best music from the past 68 years. Indie, ska, reggae, mod, northern soul, britpop, the lot. If it is worth being played, it will be.

Claptrap will be serving up plenty of craft beer refreshments and interesting cocktails.

Come along and dance the night away with The Bungalow DJs.

Bungalow DJs @ Claptrap the Venue (23.08.19)

The Bungalow returns with the best music from the past 68 years at Claptrap the venue. Along with great music, there will be great drinks, lots of dancing and lots of friendly faces.

Capacity does get capped so try to get there early to guarantee your spot for the night.

Click the poster to check out the FB event.

FPL GAMEWEEK 1 LEAGUE UPDATE

So the season is officially underway and we have had some absolute pearlers to start off the game.

Alex Evans’ Brutal Deluxe steam to the top of the league, and thus picking up the Manager of The Week Award for GW1, with the 97 points. Joel Stobbs’ Gangster’s Allardyce came in at a close 2nd with 96 points, whilst Anthony Mensah’s 5 Buttons and Liam Newall’s Llawen CF land joint 3rd with 94 points.

Evans’ big scorers were Salah and Sterling, but what looks to have made the difference is a solid starting performance from Lewis Dunk at Brighton.

At the bottom of the table, two players go into GW2 sub 40 points. Lewis Hookings’ Irons and Tom Morris’ Amblecote Animals side on 39 and 38 points respectively. The Wooden Spoon of the Week going to the latter, an acclaim that Morris will not be hoping to claim too many of.

Full league table below, and good luck for GW2!



KWFC Hall of Famers Immortalised

Welcoming Kilburn Wednesday Football Club into the Capsule Social family has been a pleasure, and the first exhibit from the club is their prestigious Hall of Fame award.

Whilst it has been etched into the memories of those proud recipients of the honour, for all else, unless they were to find a scrap of paper or one of the infamous spreadsheets lying around on a desktop background, nobody would be able to find the list.

But now, for the first time in internet history, the KWFC Hall of Fame is live, online, and for all to see.

Click the club badge below to see those honoured with this heroic virtue.