Man or monster?

by Phil Elmore -- "Battle not with monsters," wrote Friedrich Nietzsche, "lest ye become a monster; and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes into you." Nietzsche understood that to more…

The incubator for narcissism

by Phil Elmore -- In the last few Technocracy columns, I have dealt with topics that have in common the theme of your mental and emotional fortitude. How do you approach your more…

Beware nut-job 'trolls'

by Phil Elmore -- There's a scene in the movie "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" in which the movie's protagonists act out a fantasy that lives large in the minds of more…

Do you suffer from 'FOMO'?

by Phil Elmore -- Is your computer laughing at you? Is your smartphone taunting you? Do you feel worthless, inadequate or simply intimidated by the things you see when you read your more…

From Internet surfers to Internet serfs

by Phil Elmore -- It is said that everyone has a price. In a challenging economy – one suffering under the yoke of President Obama's hostility to capitalism and free enterprise – more…

A nation of mental weaklings

by Phil Elmore -- Do you become despondent when someone you barely know "unfriends" you on a social media site like Facebook? Do you weep when you realize you have fewer "followers" more…

A lesson from 'Casey the Punisher'

by Phil Elmore -- His name is Casey Heynes. Thanks to pervasive technology like the video sharing site YouTube, Casey, at just 16 years old, is now famous. Nicknamed "Casey the Punisher" more…

The 1 must-have tool for turbulent times

by Phil Elmore -- "May you live," the ancient curse goes, "in interesting times." We certainly live in days that are anything but boring. The word is, politically, figuratively and, in the more…

Our inviolable right to self-defense

by Phil Elmore -- The state in which I live, New York, is contemplating a law that would register and tax every firearm in the state. Already ruling the state most hostile more…

How our gadgets breed complacency

by Phil Elmore -- The most fundamental component of technology, of the technocracy we occupy in our daily lives, is the software on which we operate. That software is found in your more…