Russ Brown

Children's Author

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Comes with full inkstructions.

By russbrownauthor, Sep 8 2011 06:26PM

Welcome back to yet another snap shot of what is going on in my mind.

At a ridiculously early time this morning on the way to work, I heard a story on the radio about a plucky 82 year old woman. This pensioner had, had a tattoo put on her chest. Nothing too outrageous in this day and age I hear you say; it was more what the tattoo actually said.

Blazoned across her chest in clear bold lettering is the statement “do not resuscitate”.

Plucky….yes, tacky…perhaps, but her intentions are clear, she is definite in her inking.

This got me thinking, imagine if it was a prerequisite of all of us from birth to death to have permanent markings which told all of our important information which could be updated over time. Many science fiction novels have toyed with the idea of “barcoding” people, but with the increase of technology and the complete overwhelming sense of fear in the world some would see it as a plausible option.

Just imagine all of your important life facts and figures could be held on your person. Without too much intrusion a tattooed inch square could have access to you name, age, medical information, criminal history, travelling abroad would be simple as you constantly held your passport, in fact, it could almost hold infinitely more.

This is an interesting thought, perhaps terrifying but also almost stupidly useful, if used correctly. That is where the crux of this idea/theory fails. It is almost without question that in the space of the first willing people to have their tattoos inked that someone, somewhere would devise a strategy to manipulate its uses for something far more sinister.

People would also question the “big brotherness” of it all and see an Orwellian world of those in charge knowing where we are and what we are doing at all times.

The truth of the matter is this; we already live in that world.

The majority of the Western world carry a mobile phone with permanent GPS, companies on the internet know your date of birth, names, addresses, mother’s maiden name (some even know my inside leg measurement) and our income and shopping habits. Social media sites know all of our friends, family and where we are and where we are going!

The world needs plucky tattooed pensioners who, even if incapable, still get their beliefs and point across. But they should only do it through choice.

Would the idea of everyone in the world being given a set of inkstructions (see what I did there?) that could be scanned and read intrigue me? Yes.

Would I volunteer to get it done myself? Definitely not.

Thanks for following and let me know what you think :)


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