Or, bringing the phrase “it gets better” into disrepute.
See, the real root problem in what follows is one of individual limits, a lack of contact with reality, and their combination with historical ignorance.
The first of those is a big problem: an individual who is not of the most blessèd in the brain department, who makes do the best they can with what they’ve got, but who is a fundamentally simple creature (like all trolls) with simple appetites, comprehension of their surroundings, and capacity for meaningful interaction and activity. I was always taught that one should pity the afflicted, and help them as best one can, as much as they can take too (because these are still sentient beings with feelings and will, albeit of limited judgement). Now, a simple creature thinks in terms of survival and territory. At least defending what territory one has (vs. diminution and extinction), at best expanding territory. The latter counts as “success.” One all-too-prevalent version of which is the Viagra Paradigm. Also, all Ayn Rand idiocies.
We’ve seen—heck, even Darwin saw this, and certainly Malthus before him—that how evolution and The World work is a bit more complicated. But here’s where the unhappy, nay verily tragic, conjunction of individual limits and interaction with reality intersect. For the simple creature does two things:
(1) being of limited awareness and imagination, believes all other creatures to be like her: selfish and territory-centred;
(2) but is also dimly aware of some other creatures being different and being perceived by others as “smarter”: this difference is a threat, as it could be an advantage in defending and expanding territory. Its nature and means of operation is unknown, as are the means to combat and annihilate it. The result is fear, anxiety, and paranoid delusion. The latter as these incomprehensible exterior forces are a threat not only to our simple individual, but to their whole world. Because “their world” = “how they perceive the world to be”; over to you as to whether you’ll pick the phenomenologist explanatory route for that one, assorted linguistic ones, or go all factually neuroscientific on the poor simple creature’s
arse mind arse.
The simple creature is aware of the internet, which is seen as part of their world: and of conquerable territory. They may be aware of “social networking” as a useful thing for business-/empire-building. Who knows, they may have worked as an Avon Lady in a past life. They may even have heard of the term “Web 2.0” in combination with “monetization” and “social networking.”
Two problems here:
(1) the (other) major element of “Web 2.0,” back in the day when this was a new idea (and with new tech: I mean, at the architectural, scripting, and coding levels…), was sharing, community-building, forwarding, syndicating: yes, “networking” but in a positive sense. In an anarchic sense. Or whatever you would label as “the opposite of a system that is build on a simplistic dualist model, operates on dominant/submissive power-relations, and results in phallogocentric patriarchalist oppression.” Like that silly “he who is not with me is against me” nonsense. Maybe, in minimalist (but by no means simple) terms, an “and/and/and…” way of being, as opposed to an “either/or” one.
Personally, come the revolution, I would ban (and I don’t often want to ban things… well, not that many) all courses in economics, finance, and business departments that are responsible for teaching and researching “social networking” and thus for perverting its principal (and principled) sense. I’m still in two minds as to whether, come the revolution, I’d have the perpetrators of these monstrosities taken out and shot. There are limits.
Also, I refuse to use “friend” as a verb, and certainly not the participle forms “friending” (leading to a whole new noun-form) and “friended.” There is a perfectly good verb already: “to befriend.” Like the former—or “FaceBook-friend™” as I prefer to think of it—”befriend” is always transitive and often reciprocal, both of which are important to its meaning. The difference: that all-important prefix “be-.” The difference? Two changes:
(i) intensifying the action of the verb, and reinforcing the reciprocity and all-around-ness (think ambi-, “all around, on all sides” + adds pretty much every preposition in the book: at, to, in, etc.);
(ii) causality attached to deliberate agency, doing something, making something happen.
So “befriend” is more intens(iv)e, more active, and more interactive than FaceBook-friend™. A better word: and FaceBook-friend™ offers not only a weaker sense, but has also removed individual agency and interaction.
Language is important, grammar very important, though of course both pale into insignificance next to thinking before one speaks and thinking about what one is saying. Speaking, and being, mindfully. That’s “with mind” and “minding out for others.” Wittingly, but also carefully, attentively. Communication, as one’s principal way of engaging with the world, isn’t (all/just) about self-expression and asserting one’s ego, that whole Viagra Paradigm simple creature thang. Nope. Communication is about transmitting and sharing ideas; anyone can self-express by talking to themselves, but one moves beyond such infantile onanistic activities in having conversations and building relationships.
Incidentally, markers of “civilized life” (anywhere on the planet, in any period, for any species, and indeed in many an alternate world in speculative fictions).
(2) Last I saw, we’re somewhere around about Web 4.0 at the moment: semantic 3.0 web + AI → symbionet ecosystem, approximately speaking.*
Enough guff from me. Over to the fun and games…
Aaand also (alas, I peeked over at MUA too late to see what the comment was that got deleted):
Aaaand last but by no means least, this:
* Historical footnote** / short select bibliography:
—. The Future of the Web. Testimony before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet (2007-03-01).
Berners-Lee, Tim, James Hendler, and Ora Lassila. “The Semantic Web.” Scientific American Magazine (2001-05-17).
Keen, Andrew. “Web 1.0 + Web 2.0 = Web 3.0.” The Great Seduction blog (2008-04-25).
Markoff, John. “Entrepreneurs See a Web Guided by Common Sense.” The New York Times (2006-11-12).
Pariente, Cedric. “Web 3.0 and 4.0.” Finextra (2009-06-29).
—. In “Les Quatre web,” MEDEF (2008-01-29): ”aujourd’hui, on va sur internet; demain, on n’ira plus sur internet: on sera dans internet … écosystème informationnel… le web symbiotique.”
—. “Qu’est ce que le Symbionet,” TEDx Paris sur le Web 5.0 et le futur d’Internet 2030 (2010-01-30).
Smart, John, Jamais Cascio, and Jerry Paffendorf. “Metaverse Roadmap: Pathways to the 3D Web. A Cross-Industry Public Foresight Project.” (2006/2007).
** Footnote to the footnote: The MUA Notepad That Says It All:
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