This morning I was scouring the news wires for the sad images from the new Malaysian airlines catastrophe. I can’t think of any other words to describe it. Part of me wonders why the American media feels the need to broadcast “graphic” or a warning that images might be unsettling to a viewer and then blur the image, while In Europe they don’t edit, you see life as it really is. I wonder if there is some made up standard of life inside the united states that is unattainable without Photoshop and heavy editing - that doesn't want reality shown?
Might sound a bit harsh, but after visiting that library a few days ago, perhaps it was seeing the books, but the message of how few had access to knowledge and information before the invention of the Gutenberg press except via spoken word, really sunk into my mind.
Yesterday I wrote about the net neutrality issue in the United States that can easily be expanded to each nation state on the globe. He who controls the information will be the winner in the future. In the future, it won’t be what message is actually sent to a viewer. For those who get further plugged in with better mobiles and the coming first wave of the rudimentary smart devices with the Internet of things, which will evolve into some very interesting devices in the next 20-40 years – the message will be tailored to each individual.
What a perfect platform the Internet is for doing this. More and more, it simply allows people to focus and look for what they want, and exclude a larger knowledge base that exists. It would be like universities cutting out all unprofitable departments and closing them up. Few would agree with that analogy as realistic for qualitative knowledge, yet, the Internet is doing a wonderful job at taking people further apart, or with only like-minded people.
Social media pundits will say, “This isn’t true!” Yet, I simply point that if someone doesn’t like something with social media, there is no “I don’t like” or “I don’t agree” with this button. Coincidence?
What struck me most yesterday was reading the comments from people about the horrific incident with the Malaysian Airliner. I should write an email to Danah Boyd and ask her about the psychological implications of people with tweeting. Are the responses simply human shock and a coping mechanism with the audacious stupidity of some comments? Do people try to become comedians to cope with the stress? Are people really that self-absorbed with themselves and not see/understand the bigger picture? Did education fail to let people know there was a lot more outside the borders of the United States?
There is also the fear that people were always like this and social media just gave them a bigger playpen to operate within.
I will go take a café and pull out the Augmanity files today and refine/distill/create the technologies.
There has never been a better time, or bigger need on the planet for man to be able to really see and understand each other.
Current technology is heading on a path where i think we can only see our-self better. Soon the algorithms will be perfected to send only what our-self think it wants to receive, not what it might need to receive. This is a potential danger of the internet in the future.