Saturday, February 14, 2015

The rear view mirror view of our future

The following post was prompted by the article in Nautilus linked below.

I think that a big part of the problem here is that we are still being pulled in divergent directions between the mind sets that Marshall McLuhan described; the first being the typographic and the second being the new age of oral via electrified experience retrieval. The first emphasizes segmented linearity while the latter simultaneous flow throughout multi-spacial, complex, node matrix's.

In this do we also see the tension between what works for the former as a social organizing model, and the disruption of that model by what the latter requires of social organization. In this are what becomes of the notions of "work," "production," "skill," "commodity" and "ownership." This is so precisely because the dictates of what is information in the former, and how it must move about, as opposed to how it can move about, becomes quite different in the latter.

The bottom line here is that everything concerning information becomes doubly conflicted when information is money, and human skill is no longer viable as a commodity. Electrified systems, as well as equitable societies, require the free flow of information, but this remains impossible when social organization still insists on money being real, and that the flow of "money" be bounded by ownership and net gain.

Money as a "Universal Experience Translator" may have made sense when skill was difficult to come by, and it's output bounded by distance. Now that we have applied information  via electrified systems of experience retrieval, such notions are rendered quite absurd. The idea of distributed processing came about for reasons very specific to a new mind set. That view point is thwarted by the obsolescent structure of a bygone mind set. And there are a multitude of social systems now that suffer deeply for it. Something that only a complete rethink of what have been fundamental assumptions will fix.