Friday, October 23, 2009

When you're not in the business of telling the truth (but we are)

Sad that the word "media" doesn't automatically equal "truth".  A nicely sharp and to the point overview of exactly where we're going wrong in our latterday communities can be found below, via Labour Matter's Twitter feed this evening.






The thesis is definitely attractive - convincing without a doubt.  We are engineering followers of fame by the millions.  The suggestion that rising levels of mental ill health and those yearnings for public notoriety are somehow linked is - at an intuitive level - seductive.  But I'm not sure the connections are so simple.  Human beings are resilient souls.  If corporations are exploitative creatures, they are - also - astonishingly vulnerable too.  Their mastodontic instincts make them easy targets, once we realise we have weapons we can point.

Social media like Facebook and Twitter make money for these gigantic dinosaurs - but the tools are so powerful that they can be very easily turned against their very progenitors.

Now it seems that both Microsoft and Google will pay Twitter for the right to use the results of its instant search technologies and real-time mini-blogging, the business model (what an awful phrase!) - as well as the intelligence behind it - becomes much clearer.  But the truth of the matter is that whatever these gigantic organisations would like us to do with their new inventions, in reality we'd much prefer to carry on telling the truth.  They're not interested in truth - but we are.

That's the interesting aspect of the whole debate.

That's what defines the human being since time immemorial.  And no one can wipe that slate clean.

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