>You don't need drugs or force to frick someone's mind up and turn them into total a total slave

>You don't need drugs or force to frick someone's mind up and turn them into total a total slave
>An entire industry is dedicated to finding new and more sophisticated ways to turn their consumers into living husks (and they are being extremely successful)
>People don't play to win, they pay to keep playing. And they keep playing until they fricking die.
I need more books like this that explore how technology can be designed to be so addictive. Everything in the fricking casino is designed to turn people into skinner box rats, it's such a precise arrangement of components that it makes me feel a sense of awe somehow. A lot of the principles applied to the slots/pokies are already being used for shit like Gacha games and TikTok.
Any books that explore in depth how stuff like vidya, porn, social media is designed to be addictive?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Everything in the fricking casino is designed to turn people into skinner box rats
    As someone who doesn't really ever gamble, it blew my mind when I found out that casinos will kick you out if they suspect you of counting cards in blackjack. You're literally not allowed to be good at the game, because then they can't bleed you dry.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      First time, eh?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      As someone who gambles, we were all winning in blackjack and someone came to get the newbie dealer and told us to go to another table.
      Most people don't know their limits and keep chasing and losing after winning, I'm afraid. The appeal of gambling is gambling itself and going all in on one card, money is nice but ultimately secondary. It's like having fun at the arcade until you run out of money except you sometimes end up with more money.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >The appeal of gambling is gambling itself and going all in on one card
        just reading that makes my heart race.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >The appeal of gambling is gambling itself and going all in on one card
        I remember listening to artie lange.
        the purest form of gambling: putting a bet on odds or even at the start of the superbowl.
        frick statistics, frick analysis, it's just pure chance.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          The great tragedy of the slot machine addicts is that this is exactly what they feel, but there is nothing random or pure in those machines.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Iirc a lot of the old crank operated slots were basically random (with low odds, obviously.. VLTs have always been rigged though.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This book really was a mindfrick. Especially as someone who's had issues with not just gambling.
    I know it's not exactly what you're asking for but I think Foucault(if you haven't read him), either M&C or D&P, really complements the institutional pathologizing of the ' problem gambler'/addict presented in the book.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    any other books that discuss this theme but in general?
    pic related is a good documentary

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Read Tiny Habits. It's written by a Stanford professor who taught a class on how to make apps behaviorally addicting which many current tech company CEOs took and applied. The book is about applying the same principles to affect personal behavioral change

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Anyone have the webm with the row of boomers playing slots?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous
      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Grim.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Me refreshing the lit catalog

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          (You) ding ding ding

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >IQfyraelies refreshing their crypto tickers.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          IQfy is fun since in a certain sense they're just a big a bunch of gamblers as any Boomer who's ever gone to the casino, but their gambling is moronic. Las Vegas casinos are a well oiled machine, what IQfy does is the total opposite of that.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I don't get it. I don't know what's addictive about that. High stakes poker would be different but that's just braindead.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          It's the boomer version of gacha or mmo autism.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          if you've ever grinded in a game killing low lvl enemies you know what they are feeling

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          According to the testimonies in the book, these people are in "the zone" when they play. They forget who they are and where they are. The machine allows them to experience randomness in a controlled setting that also makes them feel safe and comfortable. Winning and losing are meaningless states for these people, what matters is that they can keep playing.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Me running the Chaos Sanctuary and Baal on repeat trying to complete my grail

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Me gooning and opening new tabs of pr0n when I already have 78 tabs open.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        TikTok for old people.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Gambling is a big vice the youth of today are being drawn into. A brewing epidemic. I gambled away half my net worth.

    As for books related to vegas and gambling, on my to read list I have:

    The Theory of Blackjack: The Compleat Card Counter's Guide to the Casino Game of 21
    Griffin, Peter A.

    Whale Hunt in the Desert: Secrets of a Vegas Superhost
    Castleman, Deke
    Beat the Dealer: A Winning Strategy for the Game of Twenty-One

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This, but they got me with Libgen and endless Neoplatonic tomes and Christian explorations of the Logos. I spend all my time now reading or contooomplating. I don't even want to read as much any more, just fast and contoomplate. I wish I had joined the Carthusians or Cicstercians. I'm going to go back to contooomplating and praying, I can't stop. They got me bad.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I don't get how young men fall for this. Don't they see that Socrates was unemployed and got the death penalty? Diogenes was literally homeless. So was Saint Francis. Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Bonaventure, Aquinas? All hit the birth jackpot getting born rich and ended up impoverished VIRGINS. Same shit happens to the women too. Like bro, open your eyes, you're going to end up homeless, broke, and with no GF changing psalms in some 600 year old drafty stone hut with no heat.

      But they don't think it will happen to them.
      >"Just one more moment of gnosis bro! Just a few more hours, I can feel the illumination coming. Just one more day, I can feel the coomtumplation peaking, I'm going to get infuuuuuuuused!!!!"

      Burnouts. Junkies. Get a job.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Augustine had a GF and a kid as well as a very successful secular career in the Roman court and lots of money, but he said the most fulfilling moments of his life were glimpses of the beatific vision during contemplation. Aquinas was likewise a celebrity in his day, had close relationships mentoring spiritual sons, and got to feast with nobles and travel and he said his vision during contemplation was vastly above all his worldly work and experiences.

        By contrast, I have never heard anyone describe getting ebin loot in a game, cooming, shit posting , or gambling as even better than the birth of their child, or even as a "deeply meaningful event." In general, the people who do these a lot tend to talk about them with remorse and wish they could stop, which is sort of the opposite of Zen or Christian monks.

        Modern philosophers DO talk about academia that way though, which really says something. The old guys were delighted with it while beaning homeless and starving themselves, and these guys with modern amenities describe it as downright dreary.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Daytrading gamestop was a deeply otherwordly experience for me, as well as daytrading on the breakout of the russo-ukrainian war

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Gambling addiction and problem gambling behaviors are significantly more prevalent among native americans than among whites

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I fricking hate gambling. I hate losing money. I have a physical aversion to gambling because I don't want to lose money playing a game. I lose enough money as it is.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Haha, we all hate casinos dont we!
      Anyhow, I have this great offer for you. An account to trade options and futures in a market based in khazakstan, unregulated. You'll get up to 100x leverage, and the first thousand dollars risk free.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    that's not what a skinner box is, you fricking idiot. but yes gambling is the devil and casinos are a form of automated vampirism.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      What's a skinner box and how is it different from the slots?
      Reply correctly or your mother will die in her sleep tonight.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    B J Fogg academic books.He has written a pretty good self help book on habits.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >B J Fogg

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >People don't play to win,
    False.

  13. 1 month ago
    austin schumacher

    that isn ' t a real book .

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      source?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Just Google it. That's an AI cover. You homosexuals have been discussing a book that doesn't even exist.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          the book exists. you're a moron. Stop making up bullshit

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