My response to Lanier report is mixed, as I have followed him over the years, my hopes for this media boom has more or less fizzled. I have withdrawn from FB and feel much healthier, I use you tube a lot but have bad moments when I am looking for something to hold my attention and realize the best thing for me to do is turn it off and go to sleep.But then I dream more often about computer screens than I do angels or demons.
I hope the video recording appears soon so we can start a new thread. I can start to review what Patterns may start to emerge. I look for pattern and meta-pattern and if I notice something it is usually not based upon my memory of a cafe conversation. My land based, real time sensory acuity is of little use to me. Memories captured without a sense of a digitized record of the meeting are more and more difficult to keep stable. My plea for perceptual modeling is becoming more intense as I sense the old sensoriam is re-organizing around a new attractor that is not breath based. Without a breath based awareness it is difficult to create a boundary, and I have found impossible to create a momentum, to have a relationship at all.This bodes ill for a future humanity. If we cant breath together, in close proximity and make joint attention, we cant make joint decisions. We can use words to create treaties perhaps but the ambiguities we need to make poetry is lost.
I rely more on the technology to record as does a photograph an event like a visit to a museum or a birthday party. The actual occasion because it was carried upon a digital wave doesn’t become apart of my episodic or autobiographical memory. There was no touch or smell or shared environment to recall. And the subtle rhythms that are distorted in these asynchronous events which makes the distinction between day and night no longer a part of the field effect, amplifies the sense of isolation. Hence my wish to review the video before I comment further comes out of a digitized blind spot, not from the actual physical apparatus, which I can no longer trust with great confidence.
I believe already the capacity to hold a strong complex memory in the sensorium is starting to disappear. If you dont save the event on your hard drive you will have no proof it ever happened. Autobiographical memories are the first to go in dementia, the older episodic memory, using a fork, turning on a lamp, recalling a tune, lasts longer. As I have worked a lot with older persons with dementia I am amazed to see subtle signs of it occurring in younger and younger people who seem not to remember who Janis Joplin was. Of course I look at present day, Taylor Swift, and see many others who were just like her. We see the parade of Types. Another flash in the pan. But it is the duty of the young to wallow in quick cults of fashion and the duty of the mature to stay in touch with the much slower cultural surround.
So without the recording to review I find the patterns that I relied upon most of my life to orient socially are of no use whatever. But with the video, which I will watch, I can notice the bifurcation points and the various alternatives that could have happened but didn’t happen. I am modeling the effects of an artifact.
I recall Artaud’s famous remark about the saints signalling at us through the flames. Now we are signalling sadly through the digitized rows of tiny boxes with oversized voices emanating from a computer screen.
I’m not sure which is more awful but I take contact however way I can and say thank you. I am willing to experiment and play at the edges of this social medium. What have I got to lose? But I dont think it is nearly as interesting as a lucid dream and the Virtual reality ( whatever that is) is as superficial as a swim without any water.
Fuerstien was a great Gebserian but he passed away before the internet really took off. I dont know that the world from which his excellent guidance pertains is around anymore.
We are rapidly no longer becoming what we were becoming.