Two years ago, I wrote “Embracing Imperfection,” a post championing vulnerability in day-to-day life. I’m happy to report that I still live by that philosophy. It’s very much apart of me.
Recently, Carmine Bellucci, an internet stranger turned collaborator turned friend, reached out to me and asked if he could submit a few visualizations of this very post. How could I say no?
I am honored to share his work with you.
The web is a reflection of self. It’s a mirror showing us what we want to see. It’s not biased – we are. So why are people worried the internet is rotting their brain? If anything, they should be worried about themselves.
Understand that technology is agnostic
Jeff Jarvis, author of Public Parts, a book on technology’s role in shaping our ideas on what constitutes public and private spheres, states that “technology is agnostic.” As far as the internet is concerned, it’s all ones and zeros. It doesn’t matter if you use the internet to search for pornography, chat with friends on Facebook, or use it to brush up on the history and significance of Picasso’s Guernicia on Kahn Academy. It’s all the same to your internet browser. Like liquid filling a mold, the internet becomes what you want it to be. It takes the shape of what defines it.
Loyalty as it stands
As a species, our loyalties had shifted from the tribe to the local village, from organized religion to the great nation state. As national boundaries blur, economies mix, and identities splinter, our loyalties are changing as well. Though still very dominant, nationalism is weakening. With the extreme growth of multinational entities like the UN, EU, and some corporations, we’re seeing a shift in loyalty not restrained by physical boarders but ones of ideology. As the idea of membership becomes more fluid and access trumps ownership, where will our loyalties lie in the future?
What will this shift mean?
How have the recent Arab Spring and the Occupy movements help usher in this new sense of loyalty and community? Where will power and authority be maintained within this splintering and simultaneously blurring world? As we create new spaces for people and ideas to inhabit, we must be conscience of how it affects loyalty.
The Passion Of Learning
What do I mean by the passion of learning? Unfortunately, many things. The concept stems from the idea that with the more one learns, the more one is held accountable for his/her actions. No longer can one hide behind the veil of ignorance, safe and comfortable. The weight of responsibility grows heavier each day. Though I have talked about this before, I wanted to look at it through another perspective. Here I want to talk about it in terms of passion.
What does passion have to do with this philosophical dilemma? To me, a lot. Here one is faced with a twisted, addiction for knowledge, growth, and self understanding. However, the more one uncovers, the more one gets buried in it. One cannot help but want to expand their mind and soul, the more you do, the deeper you fall into its captivate fantasy. One is presented with the illusion of greatness by defying human limitations. Our experience pushing the bounds of self and reality; constantly reinventing identity and thus life.
One has a deep desire to learn, to better oneself because, after all, “if you’re not growing, you’re dying.” However, you are but a man, a mere mortal. The more you learn, the more you grow, the smaller you become. You begin to accept your insignificance on a universal level. However, madly attempting to further grow in futile hopes in challenging that. The more you know, the more you suffer because of it.
As Seth Godin says, “Ideas that spread, win.” So how do you prime your ideas so that they spread easily? There is no science to it but I believe the Internet culture provides us with some clues.
Ideas That Spread Are…
Free – There are no barriers to adoption. Ideas that win are easily accessible, sharable, and linkable. There are no pay-walls, prices, or other economic barriers to prevent others from adopting them. The best ideas are accessible on an array of platforms with different flavors and perspectives in order to give a well rounded presentation of the concept. They are universal truths that speak to the soul of the human character. These ideas have a viral quality about them built into the fabric of its architecture. The best ideas travel fast across physical and digital barriers. In truth, no one “owns” an idea, it’s best to treat them so.
Open – The ideas that win today embrace the Internet’s remix culture. They are filed under the Creative Commons copyright and are encouraged to be dissected, broken, built upon, and changed. These ideas are platforms where others launch their own ideas off of. Others tinker with the idea in order to grow it, cultivate and unlock hidden potential within them. They are vulnerable, transparent, and public. The best ideas have nothing to hide and they serve the community by adding to the human body of experience. The more people feed the idea, the better it gets. Read More…
My Life in Beta: Let Me Collide Into You
I often feel guilty. Sometimes the guilt is justified and other times I create it out of no where. I sometimes feel guilt when I interact with certain people because I know somewhere deep inside of me I want something from them. I want their inspiration. As if I were mining the earth for a precious metal, I cultivate and hold on to acquaintances just for the possibility of ideas. I am searching for what Steven Johnson calls, a complementary “hunch.” As if all the ideas I have are actually parts to a much larger, grander idea I have yet cultivated. By mining for the individual, smaller hunches, I can begin to put together a really fantastic idea quicker than if I came up with all of it on my own and I can do this more efficiently because most of the ground work is done already. Like scientific research, each researcher builds on those before them. As Newton said, “If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.”