We read about revolutions in school. But now we're in one.
This isn't the run of the mill update to technology, it's the reformation of everything, from our societal systems to our culture. And what happens in revolutions? Everything changes, and often in ways you couldn't possibly believe.
Like suddenly having all of human knowledge in your pocket. Like when we abandon driving cars and let the computers do it. And when banks disappear in exchange for the Blockchain.
You read that and are thinking to yourself, yeah but...
Which is what's always said. And then the wheel turns and we hit a new normal. As soon as something is done, it's pulled into the fabric of our culture so that we no longer notice it. Which is why we're no longer impressed by Google searching through a billion web pages in a second, or how the plane you're in is being flown by computers.
But technology is advancing farther than ever. Forcing us to reckon with and abandon our tools faster. It's disturbing the comfortable rate of adoption.
To feel a whiplash you first need to accelerate, fast.
Which we did, for 25 years.
Now we're feeling the pull back.
As we are accelerating forward by the ever-progressing technology engine, we have the pull to slow down or go backwards.
Half of us excited, elated, and diving into new opportunities and new frontiers.
Half of us concerned, skeptical, wondering about what the consequences are and what will be.
We're seeing that a lot of the consequences of our internet are becoming apparent and validated.
As they say, the invention of the Facebook was also the invention of the Facebook Bully.
So we're tenuous about our data, about who's listening, about whether or finances online are safe. In the infancy of revolution, there's always turmoil and uncertainty.
The question is then how can we positively move forward while in a revolution?
Paradoxically It's likely by leaning in.
Which is why if you're in Radio... doubling down isn't the right answer.
But you knew this intuitively.
As we lean in we also need to protect ourselves. And the best way we can do that is to bring humanity into that which asserts control.
The wheel that's guiding the ship for us all needs to be reigned in, not from growth, but from ignorant destruction.
Which makes me think that the real issue in any revolution is precisely in ignorant destruction. And sadly this can come from both sides of the coin.
From those racing forward not caring about those who they destroy in their path. (technophiles)
To those trying to go backwards, keeping positive progress from happening (building oil pipelines, closing borders, preventing freedom).
With the validation of our technology concerns, expect an increase in media and tech to help protect people, their privacy, their rights etc. This is a good thing. It's how technology always rights the ship. The negatives are negated by the positives. We need people to create methods for predicting downsides and minimizing them. We need to address privacy. We need to address security.
Expect the pendulum to swing back from internet addiction to real life. People vocalizing their interest in real life experiences, in meaningful conversations, face to face, in phone free time.
We still have the most high-def, reality software available: the real world.
Personally, I'm hoping to see more people engage in this topic. How does one live a fulfilling REAL life today? (This is a big opportunity to explore). Experienced life before the web? We need you to write a book about it. Maybe it will help us return in some form.
What we need is for artists to address this and guide us through. Help us make sense of what's going on. Art has always been a mirror for who we are. And we trust it to help us see ourselves better in the midst of these changes. To bring us truth and meaning amongst the metamorphosis.
One such artist is Laura Karetzky, who brings this tension into her oil paintings by bringing in the screen. Including a real perspective at what someone today might experience.
One such app helping us keep privacy is Signal.
One such luminary talking about these issues is Anil Dash.
Revolutions breed more questions than answers.
We're in it together, might as well welcome the discussion.
Paintings by Laura Karetzky