Academic journal article Hecate

Metcard Is Coming

Academic journal article Hecate

Metcard Is Coming

Article excerpt

They stand like hungry sentinels ready to claim money, time and the self-respect of humans waiting a minute into the hour 'Watch your newspapers,' the signs say painted on blue straitjackets padlocked over steel-hard cases

They are obedient to the premier voice, shredded of ability to think and act with reason. One commuter has ripped off a blue bag but the soldier stands

uncommanded, not yet activated. The perfect guard - no soul, no feeling and no mouth

We have met their brothers and have made way for them greeting them even in the street. At the auto teller last week I tried to withdraw 150 dollars twice 'This exceeds your daily limit,' the teller printed silently across its screen and automatically, without handing over any cash, deleted 300 dollars from my account

On the day of the half-yearly sales the ATMs joined ranks. In the city in the morning they gave each customer one 20 dollar note and deleted the rest from their accounts. In the afternoon each withdrawer received one 50 dollar note. Australia-wide the ATMs followed suit and this was not reported in any news media

The sentinel on the tram refused to sell me a zone 2 ticket until six stops further on when it decided the tram was now in zone 2. …

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