the decline of the fourth estatethis blew my mind
Evolving Personalized Information Construct
it's slightly creepy that this has come to my attention just now, because last week i just started re-reading debord's society of the spectacle.
#32: the spectacle's function in society is the concrete manufacture of alienation.
in these times, we have ample evidence of the use of the spectacle to manufacture truth and erase history, and the consequences for what it means to live in a free society
more interesting to me, however, is the thesis that the role of the spectacle is to manufacture alienation. much has been written i'm sure, of the role of the internet community in bringing people together - but at what point does this reach the balance point, where one's community actually starts shrinking because of the ever increasing choices we have in our lives to seek out and find others who subscribe to our perspective. this narrowing of perspective makes me uncomfortable. encountering diversity of opinion, i.e. not demanding (and expecting) information that conforms to our existing world views, is the only way we will really ever find tolerance and democracy.