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Culture Grinds To A Halt In The Digital Age

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 Culture Grinds To A Halt In The Digital Age

[This post is published with permission from a personal blog of SEC Senior Policy Advisor Rick Bookstaber.]

A new New York Times article critiquing of renouned song for 2011 came divided with a perspective that “2011 competence good be remembered as a many narcotic year for mainstream stone song in history. The genre didn’t furnish a singular good album, and a best of a intermediate walked blindly in footprints laid out years, even decades, earlier.”

The same could be pronounced for a genre over many of a new past.  And could be pronounced for song in general, art in general, and culture in general. And for a simple structure of a lives in general, as well. A teen currently meditative behind to a 1960 is peering into a past as private in time as when we as a teen looked behind from a 1960s to a universe of a 1910s. For me this was a apart and remote universe hidden behind World War II, a depression, and World War I, a universe with that we common little. Not so for today’s teen looking behind to a 1960’s, still listening to a Beatles and informed with a epochs of James Bond cinema using from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig.

The conveniences of daily life were many altered from a 1910s and a 1960s, though not so from my teenage years to today. We had a refrigerator, TV, write and dishwasher. we gathering my friend’s Mustang. The fridge didn’t have an ice maker, a phone was rotary, though afterwards again, vital in Nevada during a time, where a speed extent on a highway was whatever “is protected and sane” meant  we could expostulate a Mustang a lot faster afterwards than we do today.

Given a volume of time we spend on-line and a ubiquity of mechanism chips in mediating a lives, we would consider that we would have reduction tie with a fifty-year past. One reason we say this tie is that we have recordings and movies, while all we have from a 1910’s are books and grainy photographs. But there is another reason.

Think of what we are unequivocally removing from a Cloud that competence compute us from a past. For all a 4-G networks and iPads, what we have constructed are differences in quantity, speed, and access, not differences in kind. Through on-line hunt we fundamentally have a faster and some-more endless encyclopedia, by on-line selling we always have a latest catalog during a fingertips with operators always station by, by e-mail we have a inexpensive personal telegraph.

Jaron Lanier creates this point: “Suppose that behind in a 1980s we had said, ‘In a entertain century, when a digital series has finished good swell and mechanism chips are millions of times faster than they are now, amiability will finally win a esteem of being means to write a new thesaurus and a new chronicle of UNIX!’ It would have sounded definitely pathetic.”

What these new, softened modes of telegraph, encyclopedia, and sell have finished for altogether potency is a renouned subject of debate. But a discuss doesn’t finish there. The outcome that this has had on a lives is not usually one of economics and productivity, though of culture.

In his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death, Postman looks during a changes for a culture and a mode of meditative as we altered from relying on a combined word to a evident tie of a telegraph, afterwards to a sound-bite laden, visible middle of television. Among many disconnected effects one stands out: we became rapt with “news”, with meaningful what is happened even when those things had not even a many remote value to us, and when, in any case, a speed of receiving that information was inconsequential. Postman asserts that a news of a day is a fetish of a technological imagination. It is literally a media event.

This engrossment indeed started even before television. Television usually leveraged a outcome of a telegraph, that already had unleashed a direct for evident stating of irrelevant information from apart locations, by creation it some-more interesting and accessible.

Now we can supplement a internet, amicable networking, and email to a telegram and television. We are removing improved and improved during gripping a critical during brook while jacket ourselves in a absurd. Postman, maybe reflecting on a first of USAToday, considered a presentation of divide length news reports as “an startling reverence to a inflection of television’s epistemology”.

Now we have Twitter. Look during what are we saying in a recent commercial from ATT: Two tailgate heroes, eyes glued to their dungeon phones, spin such “breaking news” as a player’s sprained ankle and a stolen mascot into something “so 42 seconds ago”, not to discuss posting videos to Facebook with blazing speed.

News becomes a guiltless form of party given we perspective news as pithy and estimable of attention. We get to have a chocolaty provide while arguing it is indeed nutritious. But a ubiquity of a Cloud extends this over a 6 O’clock news. While a heading corner in a aged media was party masquerading as news, now we have party masquerading as usually about each member of a waking lives.

Entertainment masquerading as amicable lives as we keep on tip of what a friends (including all of a celebrities friends) are meditative about and doing during a moment. Entertainment masquerading as work as we e-mail colleagues ceaselessly and check out anything on a web that is even remotely associated to work.

There is usually so many that is unequivocally function in a universe during any moment, so to have sufficient calm to fill a demand, we recycle and remix. We can see a same news in dozens of opposite venues, second palm links to a few strange news equipment and thoughts. Or abandon a idea of news or suspicion altogether and simply follow someone as they go about their daily lives (which eventually could turn self-referential if they are going about their daily lives doing a same thing).

It seems that we are awash in information, though a tangible information has frequency changed, it is usually repackaged in many forms. Lanier also points this out: “It is startling how many of a gibberish online is driven by fan responses to countenance that was creatively combined within a globe of aged media and that is now being broken by a net.

Comments about TV shows, vital movies, blurb song releases, and video games contingency be obliged for roughly as many bit trade as p**n. There is positively zero wrong with that, though given a web is murdering a aged media, we face a conditions in that culture is effectively eating a possess seed stock”.

So for all a apparent newness we have turn a culture of a remix. We consider that we are in a technological revolution, though what we unequivocally have is some-more of a same, usually faster, ever-present, and in color. We are mistaking high fortitude and portability as an enrichment of culture.

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