Let me put into words a wild notion of comparing information on the internet with primitive stages of biology. It will take us on some unusual paths to explain this, but that is par for the course with any opinionated observations.
First, I want to point out that any singular culture are not all of one mind. Cultures are mostly made up of, if not more, hundreds of sub-cultures. Sub-cultures being made of groups of individuals that relate by hobbies, interest, beliefs, & limited access to available resources. A over all culture is more of a overlap of all those sub-cultures that bond together over contributional identities(A.K.A. a nation or region, depending on localized available resources).
So when I say that cultures are made up hundreds of sub-cultures, what I am picturing in my head are circles
made up of small cells.
Why am I applying this concept to the internet? Because the information of the internet are playing out like groups of biological cells.
So let’s take a trip back in time before the internet. Information moved as slow it was available. That means folks could cherrypick information to suit their needs or fears. Even with each information revolution from books, to newspapers, to radio, & television information was cherrypicked. Some information was prioritized over others by those that could afford to produce the information. And other information was prioritized over others by the consumers. A sort of cultural algorithms, if you will.
Then came the internet. New age, new benefits, & new problems.
Access to early stages of internet was still limited to those who could afford to have a computer & network access. So this meant that the internet’s newly unwritten etiquettes was being built into the new sub-culture with all the limits of another sub-culture.
Thankfully, & I type this with great praise, the majority of the early public internet was mostly altruistic about who should have access to information. Anonymity became a staple because the majority of users were under the belief of the same cultural limitations.
When the access to the internet became more wide spread businesses saw a chance to market towards more people. THUS THE USE OF ALGORITHMS RUSH TO THE STAGE.
PROs: Algorithms play a helpful role in guiding people to things they love or discover skills and talents about themselves they would not have access to in real life.
CONs: Algorithms is a tool like any other, which means if one person uses it build, there will be one person who want to use it to destroy.
Algorithms coupled with the use of anonymity & pseudonymity get a bad reputation in the media because of the toxic nature of stubborn & forceful folks.
The uses of anonymity & pseudonymity helps folks discover how they can exist when they fall under “life’s vast variety”. Which means they most often neither are totally here nor individually there on the spectrums of life.
The bad uses of anonymity & pseudonymity is when a person uses it to attack people assuming those people who they think represents their idea of a group. Harming strangers with assumptions & perpetrated lies because they desire retribution or harm toward a idea of a group.
Even with all what is available, everyone still cherrypicks information to suit our fears. With most folks they cherrypick even faster than before the internet.
Now back to the biology metaphor.
All living cellular structure(that I assume) are not a totally fixed structure. Meaning every 7 years every cell on your body will be replaced with a newer version with same general function. The same thing happens with sub-cultures. The sub-culture grows, divides, replaces, &/or separates over time. So if someone time travel, they would most likely barely recognize the information used by newer or older version sub-culture. This also means that any group can change over time, for better or for worse depending on the resources.
This also means that, thanks to the internet, there will be a exponential growth of sub-cultures because of the new distribution of resources. Which I honestly believe is necessary to help our growing population size. More sub-culture groups means more variety of infrastructures & less strain on resources. This also means more people with a flexable purpose, it won’t be all the same exact purpose but finally a chance for more people to believe in themselves.
This brain fever realization & rambling post was initially started on Twitter.