To BE or NOT 2 B ? Is There a Question in There Somewhere?

About: opinion: facebook threatens to 'zuck up' the human race - cnn.com

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CNN: ...

It may even be Zucking us up as a species.

Andrew Keen
Andrew Keen

Sherry Turkle, Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, tells us there's a "shift" from an analog world in which our identities are generated from within, to a digital world in which our sense of self is intimately tied to our social media presence.

But this shift to a Facebook world of incessant "friending," Professor Turkle correctly warns us, is a "seductive fantasy" which is weakening us both as individuals and as a society. The problem, she explains, is that a "capacity for solitude is what nurtures great relationships." But in today's always-on social media world, our solitude has been replaced by incessant online updates, which both weaken our sense of self and our ability to create genuine friendships.

I call this shift from the private to the public self "digital narcissism." Behind the communitarian veil of social media, we have fallen in love with ourselves. But this is a super sad love story. Because the more we self-broadcast, the emptier we become; and the emptier we become, the more we need to self-broadcast

... Well I'm off I guess to resume my Alan Watts marathon on YouTube for the rest of the afternoon

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Comments


Seth says
M 2012-05-31 10:30:18 16034
You perhaps agree with Alan Watts. Something I watched yesterday in my Alan Watts marathon suggests that you two are congruent at least in your "in the world" thingy.  
I still agree with the article in that FaceBook is mostly digital narcissism.

It's neither good nor bad nor should nor must for me.
If the Internet & all the appliances ever gain a will then I'll take another look on that.

Well i think that narcissism is it's own thing and not really related to social media and Facebook.  I tend to take a lot of pictures of myself ... even publish them ... i don't think that makes me a narcissist ... what  i am doing there is becoming aware of myself visually from the outside as others see me ... and learning to dink with that image.  Carrying that to the extreme of an obsession would deserve the label narcissism ... actually i have not seen a lot of that on Facebook.

Mark de LA says
BTW for those who appreciate sage advice the CFR commentary on line #6 of hexagram #6 (contend) applies since noon & is worthy of study.

(*)

Mark de LA says
Seth above: ... There is of course this idea, offered mostly by Steiner and GW, that the more external worldly interaction you have, ... the more your internal spirit dies.
... this is neither Steiner, GW nor Mark .... (probably @S'th).



Mark de LA says
seth 2012-05-31 14:29:04 16034
M 2012-05-31 14:10:31 16034
seth 2012-05-31 13:45:21 16034
Fine, i will leave you to your own conceptions. If you are interested in mine, then you can always ask about them.
It was your attributions I quibble about. Concepts are NP.

well i'm pretty sure that you have the same meme ... coded perhaps differently ... in your own mind.  trace it back to some source ... quote it if you can ... that would actually be informative.  i am not interested in arguing about my memory with you.
I don't have that/your meme AT ALL, coded in any secret or unsecret way, hidden up my ass or any other place! It a gift all your own - keep it!


Seth says
Well the internet has opened up a hot space where many more human interactions can take place.  It is faster than real life .... and because it is not  limited by geography ... many more possibilities abound.  With all the new possibilities, ...  it is in fact all too easy to get lost ... to think that something important is happening when actually all that is happening is you are being stimulated by shallow conversation.  I'm thinking: .... as with any hazard, people learn about it ... and then they learn to avoid it's harm to their being  ... some people, of course, won't .... and then their lives will consist of that shallowness ... in that regard, the beat truly goes on ... as that has always been there in real life too.

Thing is every body will adapt to the new media in their own way ... bringing to the table their own unique history and predicament.  I have faith that no great and permanent harm will come to everyone from it.

There is of course this idea, offered mostly by Steiner and GW,  that the more external worldly interaction you have, ... the more your internal spirit dies.  There is perhaps a lot of truth in that ... some might say good riddance ... others might cry.  I see it as a choice ... with no big and grand  "should"-arrows pointing THE way to go.  Some go one way ... others the other.  A long time ago i chose to seek my value in world and judge my deeds accordingly.   That is my way.   I suspect you have chosen the other path.   That we can still talk with each other is the fun part .

Mark de LA says
seth 2012-05-31 12:46:04 16034
M 2012-05-31 10:25:17 16034
Seth above: ... There is of course this idea, offered mostly by Steiner and GW, that the more external worldly interaction you have, ... the more your internal spirit dies.
... this is neither Steiner, GW nor Mark .... (probably @S'th).


well i'm pretty sure that i first heard that idea from Steiner and GW early in my youth.  perhaps it was more coded as the mechanisms of materialism deadens the spirit ... you may recognize it more in that form ... but in essence it ends up being the same thing, once you factor out all the ambiguity of the words ... and i believe you ran that one on me just recently.
Deadening the spirit is neither RS nor GW & makes no sense. Read more about Lucifer & Ahriman - extreme egoism & extreme materialism -  which would take mankind in a different evolutionary direction from freedom were it not for Christ.

Mark de LA says
seth 2012-06-01 09:17:57 16034
M 2012-05-31 16:29:38 16034
seth 2012-05-31 14:29:04 16034
M 2012-05-31 14:10:31 16034
seth 2012-05-31 13:45:21 16034
Fine, i will leave you to your own conceptions. If you are interested in mine, then you can always ask about them.
It was your attributions I quibble about. Concepts are NP.

well i'm pretty sure that you have the same meme ... coded perhaps differently ... in your own mind.  trace it back to some source ... quote it if you can ... that would actually be informative.  i am not interested in arguing about my memory with you.
I don't have that/your meme AT ALL, coded in any secret or unsecret way, hidden up my ass or any other place! It a gift all your own - keep it!

all contention aside ...

i think you have this meme more as:  "materialism deadens your spirit".  Does that sound familiar?
Nope! Materialism leads you down a different evolutionary path. One looses one's connection to the Cosmos & the Christ & is enchanted by the fruits of the material world in a false future.

P.1806 - #12,6 67-5-5-29-15-22 Monday

No more material advance now for subject, so while he can still do good work for the state or neighborhood - the oracle which here is good applies especially to Spiritual Advance & what is above & beyond ordinary call of duty! Past can be falsified by LUCIFER & future can be cheated by enticements of AHRIMAN.  Mission of MICHAEL directs us toward the right position to take, viz. PATH of the CHRIST!


...
This was one of the three temptations of JC when he descended into Hell:
Luke IV,6-8: ... The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
... balance is the thingy.


Mark de LA says
... or if RS &/or JC bother you as foolish myths make up your own like "materialism deadens your spirit"  whatever a spirit is.

Mark de LA says
M 2012-05-31 12:02:56 [item 16034#25383]
I like the hat.  Otoh, even if your reflection is electronic it does seem metaphorical to:
 
(*)
Another aspect of the  Law of Attraction exhibited abovelaughing #narcissism

Seth says
seth 2012-05-31 12:38:39 16034
well i just like to note that being aware of what you look like from anther's perspective does not carry the sin of vanity.  

in fact, it just occurred to me, that being aware of how you appear to others is almost a per-requisite  to following the Golden Rule ... think about it ... eh?
M 2012-05-31 12:54:10 [item 16034#25386]
Like you never looked at yourself in the bathroom mirror if you have one?  Nothing to do with the Golden Rule which is not just the appearance of ethical reciprocity (the materialistic point of view).

Seth 2016-04-10 04:34:46 [item 16034#51038]
looking at yourself in the mirror is still all that which *you* construct and interprete.   listening to  others reactions to your persona is quite another matter. 
MR 2016-04-10 07:34:46 [item 16034#51039]
Nothing new here – wonder why it bubbled up. (NOT)
well if you realize that your selfie is not your image in a perfect mirror, then yes, nothing new.

Mark de LA says
Narcissus of mythology tends to capture (in paintings) what today is done with selfies. #GoForIt


nullnull #narcissism

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