caffeinated conjectures from the concrete jungle/ so.. over the last 10,000 years or so, it seems culture has surpassed biology as the main driver for the physical, social, and psychological/emotional evolution of our species..this kinda makes me wonder about the ongoing qualitative changes to our humanity and attempt to picture who we are becoming as our values and agencies adapt to the rapidly changing landscape. what are the values of a modern world? are we becoming more open and social creatures as globalization and modernization spread across the planet like digital wildfire, opening new lines of communication for the sharing of ideas and things? are we becoming more kind, compassionate, and empathetic beings as the light of information grows or does our fear of the unknown steadily find new ways to manifest itself toward self-preservation and isolation while we draw more borders and boundaries in order to perpetually create the 'Other' and attempt to privatize our environments while we marginalize ourselves?
in this memetically driven, increasingly technological modern world, the internet (and other media consumption outlets) can quickly and easily become something of a digital echo chamber where we assimilate information (as well as disinformation) to feed our own subjective inputs and reinforce our worldview with confirmation bias. this is an effect of our own psychological tendency toward the normalization of ourselves to relative points on a personal spectrum based on our own experiences. i feel its important to be conscious and cautious of this process, as the deeper and longer one frolics in any externalized information feedback loop, the more the pattern tends to describe an artificially translated affine 'hyperreality' built on the external actions (and experiences) of others versus the accumulated knowledge of your own experiences and perceptions. whether the intended change is 'good' or 'bad', the effect doesn't seem to be neutral and i feel like it should be taken with a curvilinear grain of salt.
as much as i love to be connected to the web and its seemingly endless supply of information and vibrant population of very social yet digitally represented people and their self-constructed avatars, i feel i need to disconnect periodically (hence the intermittent posting patterns) to be able to better sense my place/trajectory in the 'real' world in order to reconnect to a bigger picture beyond what an artificial media or medium is attempting to show, tell, or sell me (and maybe find more natural and internally derived knowledge in the process). sure, pattern is as pattern does but the map is not the territory. but hey, what is 'real' anyway? and what is 'normal' for that matter? is it some illusory personal notion, a subjective 'truth', or is it a tangible objective value of what makes us human individuals?
well anyways, thanks for being.