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Self Service Check-Outs Have No Soul

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Human anxiety / disillusionment in the machine age.

e-chapbook, 1, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2017 by DIY
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Harry Whitewolf
Apr 19, 2017 Harry Whitewolf rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry

It’s not like I’m completely against technology, but more that I’m against what modern technology stands for. Back in the day, I’m sure we used to see technology as something that would advance our lives – machines would be able to do things for us so that we could have more leisure time, and we could solve basic problems like feeding the world. But now technology seems to be first and foremost about selling us toys; latest models of things we don’t really need and which don’t advance us at all
A. Blumer
Apr 12, 2017 A. Blumer rated it really liked it
Amen to all of this!

I honestly feel like the people who grew up on the original Nintendo, back in the time of dial-up, an house lines, have a responsibility to immortalize the simpiler times. We saw this technology blossom. We witnessed the birth of the Internet. Those are bigger moments in history than 911 (yup, I said it).

I sort of fear how this next generation is going to turn out with a smart phone in their pockets from age 8. I'm sure they'll turn out alright, as long as they listen... bu
Rebecca Gransden
Apr 27, 2017 Rebecca Gransden rated it really liked it
This one is puckered and frowny, though Carrington brings again a level of self-awareness which offsets the moany-old-before-its-time-gitness. Slaves and masters to the machines and their promises, faced with broken down connectors and entrance points denied. I wonder what will happen when we give up the lament? Everyone has the years stacked up to wallow in nostalgia for their era in rare earth elements and plastic cubes. Makes for sadness sometimes, and Carrington reels off these frustrations, ...more
Apr 04, 2017 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, read-in-2017
The thing I love most about Andy Carrington's poetry is that he writes about what is happening in the real world, stories on the news and things he sees when out and about. He also includes links to those news stories, a nice little edition to the poems.

The thing I hate is how short the books are, it has all ended too soon, the collection could really do with being double in size (hint hint). :-)

If you are one of those people who hates technology and thinks things are moving too fast...then you'
Casey Kiser
Apr 24, 2017 Casey Kiser rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
4 1/2 stars.

' -I know I'm awake (not dreaming)
I can hear it in the grooves.'

I really enjoyed this book. Andy captures this agonizing moment in time where technology has our souls by the balls, with finely crafted frustration and humor. My favorite being 'New sign-in attempt prevented'. That shit had me cracking up cause it be like , seriously though!! Looking forward to reading more of Andy's work.
Andy Carrington
Apr 04, 2017 Andy Carrington added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: bile
I am a robot. I have no opinion.
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Andy Carrington's "Self Service Check-Outs Have No Soul" was an thought-provoking quick read that focused on how technology has become a sordid boon to all of mankind. Yes, an oxymoron of how technologies were created to advance us but has also made us simply mindless to the days of writing with pen and paper. So with these technologies, the Internet, smartphones, iwatches, digital cameras; Windows 10 (I agree) social media, etc. making us like mindless zombies ( instead of chanting brains, brai ...more
Gisele Walko
Apr 04, 2017 Gisele Walko rated it it was amazing
Cutest rant against modern technology that I've ever read. I connected with it. Andy had a lot of good points. The poems were fun. 5 stars!
Kokila Patel
Apr 05, 2017 Kokila Patel rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect until I started to read this book. It didn't take me long to get through it (it's short and a real page turner).

I was nodding my head in agreement when reading, thinking how much we all rely on technology in everyday life.

It's hard to pick a favourite poem, as they all ring true to all walks of life!

But I realised just how much truth there is in the poem "As seen in Die hard 4.0" regarding how much panic sets in when we, as a society, feel disconnected from technolog
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There's a real sense of melancholy about Andy Carrington's newest poetry collection, Self Service Check-outs Have No Soul. The visceral anger of his earlier work is muted by nostalgia and resignation as he perhaps comes to terms with his predictions and warnings being ignored. Society instead craves ever smarter gadgets and machines seemingly oblivious that with such inventions we are slowly making ourselves redundant. I particularly liked th
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