I got some time to look at the data research for some work I am doing with streams on social media. it amazes me how little dialog people have with each other besides a one-word response like “good, cool, wow, awesome” and then a bunch of emoticons to reinforce it. (insert smile, frown, laugh, cry, shy) and what appears to be a weird game of how many people can one get to follow another – this is considered “social.”
last night I took a prayer book and nothing else into a café and started to pray and read it – a moment of unplugging in the world after a day of dealing with the reality that when you get more than two people together, there will be differences and stuff of humans to figure out. I can live in a lab for two weeks straight and not really get tired working away by myself. when you bring lots of people into your day, you do use a lot of energy trying to communicate and get everyone on the same page.
what I have never seen in any meeting is people answering questions or making a presentation with one-word answers (try getting a simple yes or no today) and having them hold up emoticon signs to express how they feel. in real life – it appears people are actually treating each other far worse than before. listening and conversation have given way to browbeating, talking over each other – dare I say even screaming, and attacks on people versus what they might be saying or thinking about a topic. just turn on the op-ed news shows that are designed to capture a segment of some idea or belief and watch the bloodletting and bullying.
a sad reality for this type of behavior is that it is so profitable as a business. I doubt any real news room was profitable in just reporting objective information and news? today, the old school news people I know lament that their golden years is not what they were promised. It used to be if you won a Pulitzer your retirement was spiffy fees to speak and product endorsements. today – well, it is just sad in that you can take one of them and give them a camera and then some kids with cameras and the beauty of the images and story of the one will be passed by because a crappy image of the same subject only costs a few dollars.
cost vs. quality? this might be tomorrow’s missive. but it is heading in many respects the same way. there is one area of hope in that robotic manufacturing and assembly really will reduce flaws and such from a reliability standpoint…but will our world have robotic news photographers & videographers? will the talking heads with too much makeup and the staging that has producers thinking all your time on the planet is a show – will they too be replaced by programming bots? hmm…this is interesting, and probably the reality of where we are heading as the power to control the data as well as the flow of it takes place on the planet.
maybe I have it all wrong with thinking the beauty of free will is that you get choices. maybe people want to be told what to do and think they have freedom?
interesting times ahead. but trying to find people that want to discuss ideas like this, beyond a monosyllable + emoticon is sparse. most are too busy pushing their agenda and idea out to take the time to answer actual questions from people. will everyone have quantum computer communication assistants in the future?
I really wonder what humans will be doing in the developed world soon.