Jason Paul For what it’s worth, I’m in the middle of reading Douglas Rushkoff’s “Program or Be Programmed”. Here’s some of the take away for me as applies to this recent Facebook discussion that I can apply from that book. Software always tends to the reductive, to simplicity, back to the 1s and 0s. People are (were) incredibly nuanced. By a massive swathe of the world’s population now living chunks of their lives vicariously through Facebook our brains conform to the reductive paradigm Facebook has made for us. If you uncritically give yourself over to the Facebook paradigm (and it seems many have) you are changed. Your brain literally is changed, adjusted/adapted to this very simplisitic world of Likes and “friends.” The more predictable you become the easier it is for Facebook to tune their algorythm to “you”. 1 hour ago
Nohbdy Society will tip one way and then back again in response to it tipping too far the other way. In fact most of the fervor of the tea party is in response to the progressive movements that were passed just a few years ago, and we are already seeing push back against the tea party’s ideals as well. It’s a endless cycle and there is no such thing as a perfect balance. I believe it should be our goal if not considered our duty to every life that we share this planet with to try and maintain the what little balance we can achieve. Balance within ourselves, balance between our neighbor and balance with nature. Its when we stop trying or try to push to far in one direction that the real problems begin. I mean what good is day without night, there’s a time and place for both.
I hope you don’t take any of this as my disproving of your opinions. I respect your different point of view and like it when I hear what is obviously an informed opinion. I know i can be opinionated and I will be the first to admit my knowledge is lacking in several areas. I just call it as I see it and try to remember that the reality of something and how I see it are not always the same. 3 hours ago
CAW a.k.a. The Aquatic Ape Respect, Nohbdy – I like your spin and do respect your difference of opinion. Time will tell which way the scale tips societally. I’m quite convinced that people only consorting with like-minded parties and tuning into their “narrowcast” is a primrose path for America, though.
Have you read your follow Texan Bill Bishop of the Austin American-Statesman’s “The Big Sort,” by any chance? http://www.thebigsort.com/home.php You should. Some of the costs that are already being exacted for America’s appetite to only hear what you wanna hear get depicted very starkly there. 4 hours ago
Anybody who is undecided about how they feel about this stuff MUST be sure to catch up to Frontline’s fabulously information “The Persuaders” from 2004 (which, of course, is like a lifetime ago when you’re talking about these trends). See it here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/persuaders/ 7 hours ago