The Age Of The Revelatory Matrix

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The problem is that we (most of us, run-of-the-mill humans) have already opened our lives up to the vast digital matrix that is Facebook/Google/Amazon/Apple. We are already “in the system.” We have signed off on perfectly legal “backdoors” to our own histories, our digital “footprint.”

We did this a long time ago—not just with these gigantic corporations, but with every online tom, dick, and harry who came along. We willingly ensconced ourself into that vast matrix.

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The “Jurassic Park” Theory Of The Internet

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“If there’s one thing the history of evolution has taught us, it’s that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories, and crashes through barriers painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh, well, there it is.”
–Ian Malcolm, “Jurassic Park”

“Boy, do I hate being right all the time.”
–Ian Malcolm, “Jurassic Park”

This is the 3rd version of a post I originally wrote over 5 years ago, and it’s about the sociological spiral that forms when websites like Reddit start “purging” their controversial users and content. With the current Tumblr controversy, and just the larger purge in general conducted by sites like Reddit, Facebook, YouTube, etc., I thought the post needed to be brought out and dusted off again.

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The Internet Canonization Of Karin Catherine Waldegrave

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On April 14 2010, an apparent human by the name of Karin Catherine Waldegrave (Von Berg Habsburg) discovered Facebook. Like to many people who first use the social media platform, it was a bit like getting a new toy. She started off with the basics: filling out her Hometown, Looking For and Interested In fields; uploading some family photos; adding a few people as friends.

By June of 2010 Waldegrave began to post long, rambling messages on Facebook. Some of these started out seemingly benign and even witty—”Looking for a Waldorf (a good salad, not a boutique school)?”—but would quickly branch out into sprawling, massive messages to which she (and seemingly, often, she alone) answered with even more sprawling messages. Sometimes, as much as 200+ responses, by Waldegrave, would follow a post.

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The One Where Tumblr Sends Me An Email About All The Bots I Followed

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So I finally got my Tumblr email detailing to me all the Russian bot accounts I unknowingly retumbled or liked or followed or what-have-you:

As part of our commitment to transparency, we want you to know that we uncovered and terminated 84 accounts linked to Internet Research Agency or IRA (a group closely tied to the the Russian government) posing as members of the Tumblr community.

The IRA engages in electronic disinformation and propaganda campaigns around the world using phony social media accounts. When we uncovered these accounts, we notified law enforcement, terminated the accounts, and deleted their original posts.

And then the accounts are listed. My favorite, at least in terms of account name?

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We Need To Pay Attention To What We Let Into Our Head

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So I’ll start this as an update on the media fast I had attempted starting last December. I’ve still been successful avoiding the variety of what I would term manipulative and/or sensationalistic news sources that I used to read regularly. These news sources were across the ideological spectrum: left, right, and “mainstream.”

But part of the reason I’ve found it relatively easy to keep most of these sites out of my regular online diet is because they are often filled with intrusive and/or frankly disgusting ads (of the literal “here is a picture of an ass infected with parasites” variety).

It has not been so easy to avoid Twitter and Facebook trending topics, the former of which I will still definitely check multiple times a day.

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What Happened When I Went On A Media Fast For 3 Weeks

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In the first week of December 2017 I received a rather strong intuition. More than an intuition, it was more like a “demand.” And basically, this intuition told me to largely “disconnect” from the media.

And I immediately did. And the positive impact on my emotional well-being was so profound—not to mention all the extra time I had to do things that were really important—that I’m going to detail for you exactly what happened. Continue reading “What Happened When I Went On A Media Fast For 3 Weeks”