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Shock Value

It seems in the age of “wokeness” and sensationalistic activism that there has been a swift and severe degradation of our capacity for civil discourse and critical conversation on challenging and complicated issues. The moment a narrative has traction or popular adoption, speaking against it in any way places you solidly in the “against us” category. It’s embarrassing, infantilistic, and clearly holding us back from progressing as a collective.

In Love/Hate with the Modern World

It starts at the top. We all know that. What we don’t really know is who is truly at the top; it certainly isn’t a president, prime minister, nor a pope. Oligarchs? Clever (yet evil) aliens? Stonecutters? Regardless, our modern world is dependent on hierarchical structures of power — especially in government, industry, commerce, education, science and religion — all of which are largely subservient to the market (capitalist) system. The system is obviously broken, though this isn’t news to most of us.

Information

No book is complete. In fact, your imagination and belief structure are constantly filling in gaps and interpreting words and ideas, based on the perspective of one author (or council, agency, sect, special interest, or society) filtered and remade through your perception again.

Social Medium

All day long, there’s a heartbeat and flow to our networks. A concern could be that because we can control much of who and what we see, that we create our little extended bubble realities, and thus don blinders of a sort. It certainly is true to a degree. Google and others of that ilk make their billions in this way. Information (we provide) allows the billions and billions of search results to filter down to what should be most relevant to us, uniquely, every time.