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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