This article is not about Trump, however, that issue is getting closer and I am about to cry in panic as I think about our country.
If you are from another country, know that we are all completely frightened by this election (if we are educated we are), and for those of my fellow Americans voting for Trump, I do not and will not understand you.
I wanted to blog today about Information. And I guess this is relevant to this issue, however, in today’s media information, it seems the truth is scattered about, and is filtered in a way that sways people to believe or think in ways that they don’t fully understand… meaning their sources are bias, and they aren’t getting the whole story.. that or they don’t want to see the whole story because they are too focused on simply one issue (like abortion, that Trump still doesn’t acknowledge his true feelings besides his cold and blunt, and uneducated answers).
BUT – I read a book – the Introduction of Information and here are some cool quotes and points I gathered – and pondered.
Their functioning and growth requires and generates immense amounts of data, more data than humanity has ever seen in its entire history.
This was probably the most interesting set of readings I have read in my own opinion based on Media Theory. The discussion of information, as well as how people interpret it has always been a topic of interest to myself. It was particularly interesting to me to hear about the “life clock” of information, and the amount that has grown based on the amount of time we are here, and the amount of time that we are estimated to be here.
The information society is like a tree that has been growing its far-reaching branches much more widely, hastily, and chaotically than its conceptual, ethical, and cultural roots. The lack of balance is obvious and a matter of daily experience in the life of millions of citizens. As a simple illustration, consider identity theft, the use of information to impersonate someone else in order to steal money or get other benefits. According to the Federal Trade Commission, frauds involving identity theft in the US accounted for approximately $52.6 billion of losses in 2002 alone, affecting almost 10 million Americans.
This overall umbrella of information in our society is overwhelming to think about, as well as slightly intimidating in a ‘personal protection’ sense. In this idea of fraud, I often find myself worried about where my credit card is saved, and what sites I buy from. I guess over all it wouldn’t matter if my credit card is saved on my ‘icloud’ or if I bought from a sketchy website, only because my computers probably aren’t protected that well, and if someone was smart enough of a hacker, they could probably get into much more secure corporations and other important businesses, that mine would seem like stealing candy from a child. Identity theft is very well and alive in our society, and it seems to be important information that obviously is stolen very often.
I find myself wondering how this can be protected better, and how could we make it pertain to someone so personally that it would be hard to steal. I guess that’s where the idea of living human robots could be a benefit (heart monitors, other robotic systems in our body), cyborg type of things that could help if we created a system that was only recognized with our personal ‘keys’ or information that no one could break into. These ideas are really just my own brain rambling, but the idea of identity theft or other information being stolen is quite alarming to me, although I have been aware of it all of my life.
Since the 1950s, computer science and ICTs have exercised both an extrovert and an introvert influence, changing not only our interactions with the world but also our self-understanding.
Now, information that exists today, as well as society interactions, has changed and advanced. You hear older generations discuss daily how cell phones, iphones, and other smart devices are ‘ruining our culture,’ and maybe there is a truth to that to a degree… however I can’t help but acknowledge all of the good that has come with it too. Facebook, twitter, tumblr, pinterest and instagram have their down falls; they allow people to speak so blindly and rude behind a keyboard, it allows our society to make everything about THEM and THEIR opinion, but it also does just that, it allows everyone to speak THEIR opinion and be HEARD among a lot of people.
I often think about how much I hate politics, and I hate when people discuss them on the internet, however, there are really great ways to use this platform to inform those uneducated about the topic. It also allows those who are shy in person to share their opinions and personality, without stepping outside of their comfort zone. Although it doesn’t necessarily encourage someone to grow in person, and with human interaction, it does allow people to put themselves out there and maybe educate those who live with their blinders on, who may never encounter this same information as they do with these platforms.
Growing up I was extremely sheltered, and we had poor internet. I was fed information from my parents, my teachers, and my peers, but never got out and researched new and unsought information. When I moved on my own into the city, I had faster internet and I stumbled upon the harsh realistic conditions of factory farming. My heart sunk, my heart broke, and within a month of living on my own I changed my lifestyle to a vegan lifestyle. I would have done this sooner, if the information would have been available to me.
Walking around with a Bluetooth wireless headset implanted in our bodies does not seem a smart move, not least because it contradicts the social message it is also meant to be sending: being constantly on call is a form of slavery, and anyone so busy and important should have a personal assistant instead.
Another point that jumped out to me while reading both of these articles is the idea of being ‘on call.’ I feel all of this so frequently because of the industry I am in. When you own your own business, people think that if they text you, email you, or message you on facebook, that means you have to reply in a fast paced manner. People forget that we also have lives, that we may not get back to them within 12 hours, and that we too, have families and other responsibilities. All of my peers in the industry, as well as myself, get bombarded with people that expect us to respond in five minutes, and if they do not get a message back from us in that time frame, will literally try a different method of messaging and send multiple messages in a different way excessively until we respond.
Because of this issue I have deleted many things off of my phone, will turn off electronics by a certain time, and really just give myself a screen break because of the demand of people that really just don’t understand the respect of our own time.
There was so much relevant and incredible information about information in these articles, just because of the different types of information out there. Whether that be factual information, based on quantity and numbers, and fact, or theory information, which are based on a variety of different ideas that have merit to them, but not everyone understands.
Floridi, Luciano. Very Short Introductions : Information : A Very Short Introduction. Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press, 2010. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 20 October 2016.