Did you ever stop to think what is the essence of life? This is perhaps not dissimilar than asking oneself today: what is the essence of our digital lives? Such existential dilemma has troubled the minds of philosophers throughout the ages. This is perhaps more so the case today, unless you believe in alternate history, … Read More
Did you ever stop to think what is the essence of life? This is perhaps not dissimilar than asking oneself today: what is the essence of our digital lives? Such existential dilemma has troubled the minds of philosophers throughout the ages. This is perhaps more so the case today, unless you believe in alternate history, such as the believe in advanced civilizations like Atlantis, the very nature of our daily lives today are very much saturated in a degree per that perhaps was never experience on earth. As an enthusiast of digital technologies, those abstracts 1s and 0s that are very much an integral part of our every day reality. It does not matter so much whether you are one of those Luddites who have made the decision to seclude themselves from it all, simply by opting out from several websites, together with not even owning a cellular phone. Don’t get me wrong, I have been on that side of the fence myself. In 2007, a few months after joining Facebook, I vowed to isolate myself from all the clutter, I deleted my Facebook account, or so I thought I did, I closed my cell phone account with the Canadian telecommunication provider Fido, a cell phone account I opened in 2001. Funny enough, I was an indeed an early adopter for cell phones and social media networks. I went totally dark for about two years or so until the year 2009, where I remembered that famous, yet very timeless phrase by the children’s books author Jim Henson: “If you can’t beat them, join them.” Information about is you is being collected through third parties all the time, if you are a non Facebook user, for example, you can be sure that someone among the people you love are. Those are the same people who will post photos of you on Facebook, Flickr, Instagram or Twitter. With 1.4 billion users on Facebook as of March 2o14, Facebook alone has become the number 1 most visited website in the world. As such, social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn have become a dream come true for surveillance agencies like the NSA or CIA, whom together have taken the liberty to access countless of user data with impunity. As result our digital world we so much enjoy today comes with a high cost: our privacy.
So what do we do in knowing this reality?
I don’t have the answer for this, but I am searching and searching. I open myself for many possibilities, however I do have one reflection as to what this means. If we look at this from an evolutionary perspective, we can very well say that this is a natural progressions for humans, the Internet is clearly an expansion of our brains, in that it connects us all into a global brain. What are our smartphones, if not very complicated mini computers made up of very rare and somewhat toxic materials, but nevertheless made up of elements found in the periodic table. Much like us, all elements that exist in this world are made up of the same things once you break them down to the smallest particles, those quantum particles which only recently we have started to observe, but not yet understand. The digital reality that experience today, in my opinion is nature running its course, as so unnatural as it may be to say, I belief the rapid changes we experience might even be called part of a master plan, that is nature’s plan.
Our privacy might be to suffer out of all of these, but what is so wrong about living in a world where everything about everyone is known. I belief we will see more Donald Sterlings of the world, in one way or another, our thoughts, our intentions, our inner desires will have no place to hide. What happens when there is a pressure to be and act more closely to accepted positive norms, such as: don’t be racist prick. Or what happens, when the desire’s of many men to seek sexual satisfaction with children. Things like rape might not even exist, if we start to even get the smallest clues that so and so has such derange appetite, the answer to is to threat the root of the cause and not the consequence. The Internet and our digital universe can take the place of the grand equalizer the world needs after decades of uncontested genocide, injustice and lies. Sources: http://afrodigit.com/visited-websites-world/ https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/if_you_can%27t_beat_them,_join_them http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/fcc-net-neutrality-plan-passes-first-vote-1.2644268