social media dispatch – epilogue

EPILOGUEperformance improvement notice:

 

goal?

define: next level social media

we live our lives in a place beyond classical bit states, and love gives us answers beyond any logic gate. we are every bit of info volunteered in our social media profiles, and every bit of info left out of them, alive and humming in quantum superposition. cuz all is flow all is change. and if we humans are humming in a superposition of flow and change then maybe our social media platforms could and should reflect that, then maybe next level social media can and will create a truly social network, that goes beyond a non-existent self in a non-existent center, that recognizes that humans are alive in a quantum realm, in that each of us is entangled on multiple levels with other human beings, other living beings, other pasts and other futures, all humming together in superposition at the same time.

as the prophet siddhartha gautama showed us, we suffer when we attach to that which is delusion, when we identify with what does not exist, when we personalize what is impersonal. and yet all of us are personalizing and attaching and identifying with such things as selfies, and suffering all the more. not breathing, not seeing, that a selfie is just an arrangement of pixels on a screen, and the concept of “self” is merely and purely that – just a mental construct, a thought, a feeling, a sensation like all other sensations, like all other things in existence, flowing and changing, never an unchanging concrete particle or a grain frozen in a center point at some coordinate in space.

so next level social media will find a way beyond these bottlenecks. next level social media will move beyond a self-in-a-center, defined by a profile that is merely volunteered inputs, beyond classical bit states, and will faithfully reflect the quantum and entangled nature of human life. and it will be truly social for doing so.

my assertions here do not seek the end of social media. social media is here to stay, as a global presence, because it is a manifestation of the natural human urge to talk and to share. and to speak specifically about how to get to a next level social media, it is not necessary to reinvent the social media wheel. perhaps the small but incredibly important first step is to use the present architecture of social media, even with it’s self-in-center focus, to destroy confirmation bias, by getting users to connect to and share with other humans who are NOT of the same mind – the faces we never see, the voices we never hear, the other half of our shared reality. if there’s any one in our group of friends, perhaps they should be the face and the life of a stranger, who we have come to understand we are entangled to. and perhaps it is the job of social media to help us understand how we are entangled. we humans are beyond [ 0,1 ]. we are [ 00, 01, 10, 11 ], all together, in the same moment.

 

streaming screens beaming screams

flashing faces, marching flags, false mirrors, wrong reflections

identity hooked, hung up on looks

 

put our self in the center, our suffering enters

when there’s no self at the center, our suffering heals

 

breathe in breathe out

instead of suffocating, dropping out

be right here, be right now

why we tripping over, tripping out

 

beaming screens streaming memes

that seem to mean life a show, like show some booty, to win a penny, be happy emoji 

identity’s just looks, but yeah baby just look at who’s hooked

 

freeze our faces in selfie cages, our suffering rages

when there’s no self in the frame, our suffering fades

 

breathe in breathe out

instead of tripping over, tripping out

be right here, be right now

no choking, no checking out

 

a screen, a thing seen

a selfie, pixels

ego, the avatar

a profile, information in a formation

a thought, just a thought

thought lungs, breathe thoughts

think, without tripping

feel, without fearing

no need for the jealous rage

bust out of the selfie cage

social media dispatch III

DISPATCH IIIthe scout ant’s dispatch

 

sunday, may 24th 2020, about 7am, 63 F, getting cloudy

this is scout ant here, of camponotus pennsylvanicus persuasion to be precise

scoutin’ on the sandy, leafy, dank green, root run banks

of the northern mississippi river, here in minneapolis

hear you loud and clear

for example, when i searched for scout ant on google this morning

why was the very first search result in google’s results list

an advertisement for an exterminator service

?

above all the other results

like, you know, knowledge about us ants

that you all could learn about us

before executing us

excuse me, did you say something?

let this go down on the record

as another dispatch from another life form

being edited out of human knowledge

cuz when my brothers and my sisters try to find the right answer about me

your first search result returns the user / destroyer adversary model

which, thanks to your messed up ranking algorithms, your dinky little personality games, your demonstrably false fate to power ratios, your fraudulent AI models 

is the wrong answer, on the wrong side of history

see, we’re all better than this version 1 shit

next level here we come

social media dispatch II

DISPATCH IIdefine the problem:

 

ego avatar  x  input bias  x  self-as-center social media  x  confirmation bias = present day atomization, tribalization, agitation, inflammation, false AI models

define: ego avatar

the avatar created at that moment when a real human life differs from the one presented on social media

define: selfie cage

when events in life create a different picture than the one presented in a selfie or any social media profile and the feeling of being trapped in the old version, in the old selfie, and how that icky dishonest feeling leads to a margin call on one’s happiness.

why is this happening?

define: input bias – cuz the social media model of a personal profile is already biased, right from the start. this is due to the fact that it is a simplification, which leaves information out, and can’t fit everything in.

in that social media is fundamentally biased towards inputs, towards the information volunteered into it by users of the platform. in that it only recognizes or acts on what is given to it, but cannot recognize or act on what is left out of it.

such that from a purely computer science perspective, social media seems a relic functioning in classical bit states of only 0 or 1, only input or output, while human life exists in a quantum superposition of 0 and 1 bits, input and output, information and no information, at the same time:

i sit in silence, and i yell above the noise

he is what he shared, and what he left hidden

she is what she said, and what she left unspoken

they are what was given to them, and what was taken from them

we are what was loved, and what was forgotten

each of us an entanglement of other humans, other beings, other pasts, other futures

humming together, as one

the tree releasing oxygen from stomata the same moment our lungs are expelling carbon dioxide from our blood through alveoli

2 very different beings

entangled, breathing together, as one

 

human being, are you only the information you volunteer into the empty text field? only the face volunteered into the empty selfie box? if so, then human being when there is the slightest difference between who you are and what you volunteer who should be trusted – you, or your inputs? if so, then human being if you volunteer no information, no face, then do you no exist?

so why is this a problem?

cuz social media is conceived, organized and managed self-as-center.

define: self-as-center

due to current computing and networking technology a location, an address, a center point in space, a name, an ip address, some hardware, and an internet connection, is required to operate a social media platform so that other locations, other center points in space, and other names can identify and network and communicate.

in that social media as presently conceived, organized and managed has decided to make this location, this center point in space a personal profile made of inputs volunteered by the user. a personal profile which quickly and easily, and perhaps intentionally, becomes an object of personal reputation, an extension of self, an avatar of ego left hanging, exposed in cyberspace.

and so behaving as the hungry, needy child pure ego is, it demands to be the center, to be a self in the center of constant attention. and as the hungry, needy child, it is also very very defensive and highly reactive to any perceived peer status challenges. 

result?

define: confirmation bias – like something designed with a genuinely good intention to connect humans (which social media certainly is) becomes something which merely atomizes and tribalizes humans. cuz users only communicate with the other users that make them feel good and that provide the ego’s baby food of attention and protection. it is absolutely true that social media has increased communication and connectivity, but because social media has strengthened rather than weakened humanity’s inherent confirmation bias, the increased communication and connectivity has occurred only between those who are like-minded.

 

ego avatar  x  input bias  x  self-as-center social media  x  confirmation bias  = 

 

ego tribes only communicating with other ego tribes

of the same mind

so the red tribe gets redder and the blue tribe gets bluer

so the data knives get sharper

so the cutting apart just gets more precise

so the separation just gets reinforced

so self obsession gets confused as self expression

so self segregation gets fully engaged

so the avatar of ego awakens

in a jealous rage, in a selfie cage

building everything up and burning everything down

social media dispatch I

DISPATCH Isouls in the bottleneck:

 

how our avatars of ego flicker and dance like flames

that elegant dance between who we really are and the profile presented on a screen

our human lives flow and change

while social media profiles stay the same

lagging a few seconds, hours, days behind

until we reach back in time

to update our profiles to now

but now

is already gone

 

our human lives being sliced up into tribes by the data knives

of self-as-center algorithms

whirring and smoking in the trembling hands

of me-and-nothing-else leaders

in the context of

e  v  e  r  y  t  h  i  n  g   and   e v e r y o n e

else

 

enter your information into the text box

do it now, enter it

can’t you see, it’s empty

trouble is, we’ll never get high enough

never get rich enough to find peace

in the self-as-center algorithms

washing over us

 

how the jealousy rage in the selfie cage

chase the fame right into that frame

like we chained 

to the stables in a sweltering server farm

so busy performing life to notice what living it really feels like

that hi def sound of shell casings raining down in a video game town

so we can’t hear what 25 sirens racing by in the night really sounds like

 

enter your life into the selfie cage

do it now, enter it

can’t you see, it’s empty

trouble is, we’ll never be high enough

never be rich enough to find peace

in the self-as-center algorithms

washing over us

 

our human lives flow and change

while social media profiles stay the same

lagging a few seconds, hours, days behind

until we reach back in time

to update our profiles to now

but now

is already gone

social media dispatch – forward

FORWARD  – as humans have always wanted to talk and to share:

 

look, a dove has arrived with a message about olympians in athens

gutenberg

morse

daugerre’s gift

and thomas edison’s too

bell, meucci, and the work of all the other names

maxwell and hertz and bose, to marconi and fessenden

and words and music and books and prints and photos and blueprints and manifestos and mass printed color posters going to and going fro

and ww1

world. war.

1

lumeire to baird to farnsworth

and communism and socialism and fascism and nationalism and racism

and all the other isms

and all the other flags

and all the other tribes

and the big screen

and mass propaganda and mass propaganda

and tripping and twitching

ww2

world. war.

2

davies and pouzin, taylor and roberts, to berners-lee

and how we humans communicate

when the communicating gets really really easy

how we only talk with the ones we really want to talk to

only read, listen to, watch what we really want to 

only what we agree with, only what makes us feel good

not what we don’t want to read

don’t want to hear

don’t want to see

like maybe the other half of a shared reality

yes yes all of these are revolutions in communication

the immense good yes

all bringing humans closer together yes yes

but always the same pattern throughout the history of mankind

the confirmation bias, the input bias

forming us into tribes of the same mind

flying the same flag with the same name

atomized, tribalized, radicalized

this natural weakness of human nature

and now the name zuckerberg

and social media

and now the ego avatars and the selfie cages…

the united states of consciousness

america, the united states of america, we’re the united states of consciousness, the united states of all of us, the united states of breathing in and breathing out about us, instead of tripping over tripping out about us, america, the united states of neighbors, the united states of a language we don’t know spoke across the hall, across the street, in our face about us, with a look in the eye clear as sun light, clear as a plate of food handed out to a shaking hand that grew up to understand us, and years later reached out and lifted us, america, the united states of consciousness, the united states of all of us, the united states of breathing in and breathing out about us, instead of tripping over tripping out about us, america, the united states of no single american language, the united states of no single american religion, the unites states of no single american race, and oh how that means we race, straight up and down main street showin’ off about us, cuz we’re the united states of hard workers and hustle up and what you gonna do about us, cuz we’re america, the united states of america, the united states of consciousness, the united states of all of us, the united states of breathing in and breathing out, instead of tripping over and tripping out, nope you ain’t choking and dropping out on us, the united states of getting beyond any obstacles, beyond any small minds locked onto small problems, like the stars and stripes ripped apart into some colors and some tribes, petty shreds of cloth mottoes and cheap slogans tossed out and blown away, by the slightest head winds, by the easiest problems, enclaves of that pernicious weakness where we get only the news we want to hear, only the news we want to see, and can’t handle anything else, like maybe the other half of our shared reality, america, we’re the united states of america, the united states of consciousness, the united states of all of us, the united states of we can do anything, of we got this, of we’ve been through so much already together, the united states of freedom, as free for you as it is free for me, as free as a team of rivals will ever be, cuz america’s not just about you, cuz america’s not just about me, floating on our little islands in a churning mental sea, watching selfies twitching on cracked hi-def screens, america, we’re the united states of america, the united states of the united strength of all of us, the united states of the united strength of all our hands together, of all our strong lungs breathing deeply, breathing freely, all our deep roots in the dirt beneath all of our feet, in the food that feeds us, in the dreams that shake us from our sleep, in the hands that build us, then free us, america, we’re the united states of america, the united states of consciousness, the united states of all of us

thought lung #5 – conscious of atonement in a fragment of a moment

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like spring sunshine like spring sunshine like spring sunshine

how you bring how you bring how you bring love to us

spring sunshine spring sunshine spring sunshine

how you shout’n loud about us

how to sync in and sync out about us

by breathing in and breathing out about us

 

like spring sunshine spring sunshine spring sunshine

shining through my windows through my blinds

my jealous rage my selfie cage

through my cracked hi-def eyelids my heavy wasted screens

like song birds racing through spring sunshine pouring warnings down

about us

how this tripping on and tripping out about us

ain’t helping us from choking and dropping out on us

 

like spring sunshine like spring sunshine like spring sunshine

how you spring how you spring how you spring love in us

spring sunshine spring sunshine spring sunshine

how you shout’n loud with us

how to sync in and sync out with us

by breathing in and breathing out with us