Family takes us as we are, often broken and insecure, and loves us unconditionally. To them we are perfect. Friends come and go over the course of a lifetime but family never fades. There’s no stronger bond.
*This video cover of The Black Keys’ “Everlasting Light” was shot using my brother’s iPhone 4S and Nexvio’s 8mm app during a family party at my grandparents’ home last weekend.
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.
Life’s fast, reading isn’t
I’ll try to keep this short. This very statement is the issue at hand. The fact that you’re reading this may make you a minority. This is text that I am typing, it’s slow and demands that we delve into our scary, infinite minds. As we seemingly move from an age of limited information to one of information overload, scarcity is not a concern anymore. The problem is surplus. Which raises the question, how can we responsibly know what to consume versus overlook?
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.
Here’s an original song that my brother and I recorded the other day. Haven’t done something like this in a while so I am pretty pleased with how it all turned out. Would love to know your thoughts. Enjoy :)
Globalism & Tribalism: Two Forces At Work
Lately I have been fascinated with the idea of two opposing forces going toe to toe. I can’t help but to think of Newton’s 3rd law of motion stating that for every action there is an opposite yet equal reaction. That all the energy in the world is already out there looking to be converted into another means. This brings me to the concept of globalism and it’s opposite, yet equal, force tribalism. In a nut shell it basically states that as the world is constantly getting smaller (globalism) the world is in fact getting larger (tribalism). Through globalization, there is an active blurring of boundaries yet our world seems to constantly be splintering into smaller and smaller categories. The world is a mass of niches which we can constantly subdivide.