Semantics of Social Media


source: my comment on facebook

OMG yes!

With our folksonomy hashtagging we have been making up natural language words which our cybernetics can process and assist with the focus of our individual and collective attention. That *is* building a semantic network. I like to call it a *mind* -- i can not really distinguish it from my own

When i say i cannot really distinguish, i meant it like in the following story from my childhood.  We kids, we must have been around 5 to 8 years old, were playing in a big hole that was dug in the back yard.  Our parents had filled it with water and we were playing in the mud.  But the soil did not just stop in one place.  The walls of our pool were not definite.  No it kept breaking off and joining the water and mud inside the "pool".  We were digging at it ... and there was no end to it.  It haired into all kinds of things, shap glass, and wierd stuff found in the soil.  I think our parents noticed what was happening and made us get out.  Perhaps they though we had a swimming pool there ... er, we did not ... but what we had was an experience that has lasted a life time.


also posted to G+


i think it is a great practice to reduce a thought to it's essentials stripping away unimportant associations.  but i always wonder if there is some magic in the number 140 used for the maximum characters ... i always seem to make it ... magic? 

Tags

  1. folksonomy
  2. hashtags
  3. social networks
  4. social media
  5. mind
  6. kurt cagle
  7. thoughts
  8. conjecture

Comments


Seth says
(;-)) 2015-09-10 08:32:31 18797
WOW! I can tell the difference.

Well i may have slightly exaggerated ... this distinction being big and round, not thin and sharp ... and i certainly emphasized the similarity to get people to pay attention.

... that being said, i may be more aware of what is external to myself than are you.  Who knows, you certainly could not. 

... and knowing from where your thoughts come ... which we seem to have a different framework for determining ... might explain why you want to favor and separate your mind from the external cultural one so passionately ... in other words, you are biased.

but hey, i am almost certainly going to be odd man out with this assertion, and do realize that it is a radical thought.  If you care, your could provide actual examples in minute detail to refute (or support) it.

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