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A browsotron is any metaphorical or literal vehicle or mechanism which facilitates the navigation and retrieval of the internal content of a network or other structure of related or interlinked objects.
Derived from the term browser, which is a computer application for accessing textual, audio and graphical resources on the internet, a browsotron is the container for, or realiser of, the act of browsing. Browsotrons are typically thought of as the collection of web browsers including the likes of Internet Explorer, Mosaic, Opera, Netscape Navigator, Firefox, Safari & Chrome but in fact the term covers a much wider class of objects and methodologies. The visual cortex in a brain, for example, is a browsotron although it would not normally be referred to as such. Many vending machines which rotate the available goods are also in the class of browsotron. Other browsotrons include automated waste recognition and sorting devices, flow cytometers, automated microfiche readers and library automated retrieval systems. Many new technologies including web based brokerage systems like CORBA use browsotrononicle substrata methodologies and algorithms to locate, analyse, sort and access software objects efficiently in cyberspace. Browsotronarians debate between themselves about the retrospective application of the term browsotron to archaic methodologies like those used by the ancient Egyptians and browsotrononicalisation in general is frowned upon by academics. However, there is no disputing the fact that browsotronology (the study of browsotronics) is a very specialised and esoteric field which has been around, though undefined as such, for much of human history. One of the most advanced and perhaps the most famous and powerful browsotronic analytical engines is believed to be at the heart of the Google search engine. Search engines per se are not browsotrons but it is believed that the functionality of the Google search engine is essentially browsotronic.
For most people though, the term browsotron in common usage implies any technological mechanism for seeking and locating useful information or media. Browsotrons can be found on computers (in the form of browsers) on mobile phones, interactive televisions, MP3 players, e-book readers and many of the new generation of consumer micro technology devices.
The term "browsotron" is little known outside of the specialised field of browsotronology and first appeared on the internet in the encyclopaedic web site of the now famous eccentric and leading edge philosopher/scientist Zyra at http://www.zyra.org.uk/plink.htm around the beginning of the 21st century.
Browsotronophobia, although often used to mean a fear of browsers, is in fact the fear of comprehension or understanding. Although rationalised in self deprecating remarks like "I'm such a twit.", "I'm no good at maths." or "I don't understand computers." the underlying condition is often one of browsotronophobia and the subject is actually afraid of the act of browsotronisation or in simple terms the process of cognitive analysis. In the modern world of post industrialised technology this is becoming an increasingly common condition and has been the subject of a number of research papers which to date (20 June 2009) have not been published on account of the seriousness of the pandemic qualities of the condition and the threat it posses to national security.
As the computing power around the globe increases at an exponential rate the spread of automated browsotronic functionality is pervasive. Software operating tirelessly and almost invisibly behind the scenes is exhibiting self regenerative feedback which is resulting in complex emergent behaviour. This emergent behaviour is described by some observers as being almost identical to the evolution of intelligence in mammals. It is worrying enough to have the internet develop intelligence as it begins to coordinate and reorganise the information available. This information is supplied by an ever expanding number of humans and mechanised resources and is correspondingly provided back to those humans and resources in a more organised and meaningful way. But there seems to be a negative feedback effect resulting in this dual path information transfer in that the humans are developing what is sometimes referred to as information overload and are becoming increasingly incapable of processing the volume and density of traffic flowing through the neurological system which is the brain. The hypothesis is that this is causing the inhibition of the cognitive pathways causing the phenomenon of increasing browsotronophobia. In evolution terms this is the brain becoming subjugated to the larger network of which it is a constituent part. It is similar to the loss of consciousness in the phylogenetically atavistic parts of the inner brain, the amygdala and the brain stem. The synergetic effect is like the lizard part of the brain drifting away from consciousness as the cerebrum develops to do the more complex and advanced work. Piggy back intelligence is one way to think of it. The increase in the occurrence and severity of browsotronophobia is of special interest to certain powerful individuals in the world. It has pros and cons. It could be that the population will become more stupid and hence more malleable or it could result in the meltdown of intellectual progress in humans. Either which way it is a serious issue with regard to global security and the national security of a number of countries. Various governments are keeping a close watch on the developments in this field and in particular on the evolving science of browsotronics.