There are few days that move me to write – be it time, place, or reason.
Up until today. Today, I think, is the day I reach back into the madcap funhouse of the qwerty keyboard; my fingers extended as direct extensions of thought, poised by ponderous purpose across constellations of thought. Suffrage, perspicacity, und the errant portmanteau.
A sense that there is yet a nobler edge – a fashion separating the recoiled dread from the projected prejudiced complexion of the regions – the whole is greater than the part, and the network is human after all. Progress is the densification of interconnections; increasing the bandwidth of narrative flow bridges the past’s excesses by more immediate contextualization.
Or, perhaps more succinctly – I don’t fear so much for the future.
We, the people, are the conversation – and the politicians, the power brokers, the corporate owners, backers and sponsors, are realizing the audience has the power to change the channels of power. Reddit supplants Myspace and Friendster in a collective lexicon of contemporary myth, and we, the people, move on.
There is a new network out there somewhere just waiting to be reawakened.
The change is in the air – disruption of old forms, making way for new possibilities. Flags are coming down, signaling a shift in generational power, in psychic purpose, in mythic resonance. Change comes in small ways, but also in symbolic ways. Change reflects on our sense of justice, our collective outrage, and the pull it has in building momentum of an historic and transcendent ideal.
Reddit was never transcendent – it supplanted and improved on an earlier functionality.
What it was was a space simple enough any idiot could navigate it reasonably well enough to use it to spread bullshit, innuendo, and porn. At its best, it was a cultural early warning system, a showcase for immediate interaction with various celebrities, some of whom had relevant or insightful text to share.
Available in one giant data set, a collection discussed by TNR: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/07/10/you-can-now-download-a-dataset-of-1-65-billion-reddit-comments-beware-the-redditor-ai/