Trying to connect the dots here. Decided to address the old topic of the virtuality of the internet and how this relates to the consciousness shift in the planet...
The WM articles refer to "Olin Technology", whatever that means. Then there's this phenomenon of blog sites and social networks. Mostly fluff. Opinions and likes/dislikes, favorites, what superficial little activities most people are up to... Games, consumption... So where is the MEAT? Where is the real at the center of all that?
I joined facebook years ago because I thought it would be a good way to dialogue with others. I did not find that to be so. Most people don't really "have the time" to engage in real discussion, but they will find a bit of it to post "TGIF" or "kids are sick again" type stuff. So, what causes the direction of focus to shift? If the internet goes away or is further corrupted, I won't miss it too much. Except for the cheaper deals than paying retail prices! Besides that, I almost feel as though I've already gotten most of what it has to offer.
But what a tool for expanding consciousness! Far exceeds the abilities of any libraries I know of, gets one connected to anywhere on the globe almost instantaneously, allows one to research or find others with the answers to one's questions (beats the telephone!), links and networks... But all VIRTUAL. Not real. Not here.
So, then it becomes the ? of what do you do with it?
We've all heard talk about what happens when 100 monkeys get together. It better be one BIG BED that they get to jump on. Critical mass, escape velocity, falling bodies catching fire... #s, #s, #s...
The funniest think is that some think the system allows for the "knowing" of individuals through those [mostly] superficialities. But those are all based on consumption and entertainment (mostly), not on creativity and self-expression. So, unless someone is really saying or doing something, "they" have no idea.
Anywhizzle, I was getting around to having rediscovered http://www.enterthemandala.com and their fun take on the whole situation. Trying to hit that magical number of 144,000. A more interactive format and set-up. Choosing clans or avatars, totems... A little more personal. They have a comic book being published at the end of the week and a friend of mine did the art on another comic book they have on their site.
So, maybe my point is that all of this should be FUN. The dark, the light, the many colors. It can all be done or dealt with in a more enjoyable or interactive fashion. Martyrs, self-proclaimed or otherwise are no longer useful in the big picture of 7 and 1/4 billion and counting. Time to tighten those laces and join the adventure with strength and gusto. Nothing to be afraid of that we haven't pretty much already seen, thanks to the internet.
Just doing some fishing here. Trying to gather the forces before the current medium is possibly jeopardized and made even more confusing and unintelligible.
And growing a pair. Of wings! ;)