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Gridlock: GOP Healthcare Repeal; Foodstamps Reduction; Homelessness; Crippling Poverty, Poor Roads-Old Bridges and Falling Infrastructure: Whither USA?

Government  Gridlock, Shutdown, Healthcare Repeal and Reduction of Foodstamps means and increase in Poverty, sickness, homelessness and Suffering for the Majority Unemployed and Destitute Americans

Government Gridlock, Shutdown, Healthcare Repeal and Reduction of Foodstamps means and increase in Poverty, sickness, homelessness and Suffering for the Majority Unemployed and Destitute Americans

Gridlocks happen in other places than the grid and these traffic jams are very hard to break up. This is caused by us, Humans.  A diagram of from Wikipedia, and a gridlocked circle

Gridlocks happen in other places than the grid and these traffic jams are very hard to break up. This is caused by us, Humans. A diagram of from Wikipedia, and a gridlocked circle

While Gridlock rarely leads to good government, it at least impedes the forward motion of bad government. While no policy is worse than positive change, it is less bad than negative changes

While Gridlock rarely leads to good government, it at least impedes the forward motion of bad government. While no policy is worse than positive change, it is less bad than negative changes

These are virtual environments and virtual spaces  maximizing resources time and user interactions. Users find a setting to interact with pages of a site using Web technology providing feedback

These are virtual environments and virtual spaces maximizing resources time and user interactions. Users find a setting to interact with pages of a site using Web technology providing feedback

New Media Interactiivty

New Media Interactiivty

Control A Computer with your Brain and Look Good Doing It. Inter-Intra-acting with others using new gadgets of communication

Control A Computer with your Brain and Look Good Doing It. Inter-Intra-acting with others using new gadgets of communication

This is a Neuro Headset, used to communicate on may levels with many other people on the Web using the environments of web technology and programming

This is a Neuro Headset, used to communicate on may levels with many other people on the Web using the environments of web technology and programming

The World Is My Interface

The World Is My Interface

Modern Software Solutions

Modern Software Solutions

The Toshiba Networking Computing Terminal is a device for monitoring electric . Fault locating fo multi-terminal transmission line power systems utilizing an embedded real-time OS and JAVA Virtual Machine

The Toshiba Networking Computing Terminal is a device for monitoring electric . Fault locating fo multi-terminal transmission line power systems utilizing an embedded real-time OS and JAVA Virtual Machine

The terminology is now more complex when referring to mobile phones, with words like smart phone,PDA, PDA phone and mobile phone visible everywhere This are connected to wireless network, they compute, fax, SMS and MMS, Web Browsing, IE and email. Th

The terminology is now more complex when referring to mobile phones, with words like smart phone,PDA, PDA phone and mobile phone visible everywhere This are connected to wireless network, they compute, fax, SMS and MMS, Web Browsing, IE and email. Th

Treo 650. Palm released an update to the Java Virtual machine,the new vista compliant version of the Palm Desktop, with Gmail Client and latest version of Opera Mini

Treo 650. Palm released an update to the Java Virtual machine,the new vista compliant version of the Palm Desktop, with Gmail Client and latest version of Opera Mini

MM225 ISDN Video Conferencing phone. If you are calling a group conferecing system, you can remote control a third party camera from the keypad of your phone.  You can attach a document camera to the phone; connect our PC for T.120 data sharing

MM225 ISDN Video Conferencing phone. If you are calling a group conferecing system, you can remote control a third party camera from the keypad of your phone. You can attach a document camera to the phone; connect our PC for T.120 data sharing

Colored New Cities

Colored New Cities

Connectivity

Connectivity

Touchlite

Touchlite

ISDN Video Phone

ISDN Video Phone

10 Technological Developments

10 Technological Developments

Entecho Hovercraft

Entecho Hovercraft

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There are those in the government agnecies who blieve that the electricity grid in the US has been penetrated by Spies from China and Russia.. They believe that these countries can disrupt elements of the US information structure.

There are those in the government agnecies who blieve that the electricity grid in the US has been penetrated by Spies from China and Russia.. They believe that these countries can disrupt elements of the US information structure.

As the grids exists now, electricity usage and generation must occur simultaneously. That's a major obstacle for incorporating more renewable power, since wind and solar produce power sporadically.

As the grids exists now, electricity usage and generation must occur simultaneously. That's a major obstacle for incorporating more renewable power, since wind and solar produce power sporadically.

By combining high-speed broadband internet with the electrical grid, utility providers will be able to send information to buildings and vice versa, allowing building to control the amounts of energy used.

By combining high-speed broadband internet with the electrical grid, utility providers will be able to send information to buildings and vice versa, allowing building to control the amounts of energy used.

Scientists Plan Artificial Brain to Model Humans

Scientists Plan Artificial Brain to Model Humans

Uploading(called downloading) mind or brain reconstruction- a process of transferring intellect from biological brain to computer

Uploading(called downloading) mind or brain reconstruction- a process of transferring intellect from biological brain to computer

Today, man is merging with technology

Today, man is merging with technology

External voice box prototype helps cancer, stroke sufferers regain speech - Engadget

External voice box prototype helps cancer, stroke sufferers regain speech - Engadget

Finding new and innovative ways to integrate technology in the classroom

Finding new and innovative ways to integrate technology in the classroom

Concept Car of the Future called the Hawk Car, and is a three wheeler,single seat, almost like a bike, and reaches speeds of 233km;h, covered with fibre glass plus plastic leather

Concept Car of the Future called the Hawk Car, and is a three wheeler,single seat, almost like a bike, and reaches speeds of 233km;h, covered with fibre glass plus plastic leather

The Morphing Grid: We are all Morphing even if we do not know it. always in a state of change, but when we become conscious, the morphing accelerates; we can reinvent who we are...transfiguration

The Morphing Grid: We are all Morphing even if we do not know it. always in a state of change, but when we become conscious, the morphing accelerates; we can reinvent who we are...transfiguration

This is what is called the "Wibiya" Tool Bar, gives acess to all interactions, namely, news, p, ideas and information the use of tools, resources, knowledge and ionformation, eg: YouTube, Facebook, Ebay, Yahoo, Amazon, Hotmail, Twitter, Smugmug, etc.

This is what is called the "Wibiya" Tool Bar, gives acess to all interactions, namely, news, p, ideas and information the use of tools, resources, knowledge and ionformation, eg: YouTube, Facebook, Ebay, Yahoo, Amazon, Hotmail, Twitter, Smugmug, etc.

Wibiya makes short cut for one to, through a browser in the bottom, to chat and have a shortcut t your applications, and you can choose what services to include in  toolbar, like Twitter, facebook, fanpage and users online count-griding us virtually

Wibiya makes short cut for one to, through a browser in the bottom, to chat and have a shortcut t your applications, and you can choose what services to include in toolbar, like Twitter, facebook, fanpage and users online count-griding us virtually

Gridlock of information and dependency on the technological sphere and society today

Gridlock of information and dependency on the technological sphere and society today

Technology and technique helped us make cars; which led us into building Highways, which in the final analysis subject us to constant Gridlock. We end up with wasteful efficient transportation.

Technology and technique helped us make cars; which led us into building Highways, which in the final analysis subject us to constant Gridlock. We end up with wasteful efficient transportation.

Huge underground roads are to be built in the Chinese Capital in order to relieve the chronic gridlock paralyzing Beijing

Huge underground roads are to be built in the Chinese Capital in order to relieve the chronic gridlock paralyzing Beijing

Nokia Research Center(NRC) says Cognitive Radios is the solution t avoid mobile data traffic turning into gridlock. They say cognitive radio can sense and understand its environment and use that knowledge to serve us better

Nokia Research Center(NRC) says Cognitive Radios is the solution t avoid mobile data traffic turning into gridlock. They say cognitive radio can sense and understand its environment and use that knowledge to serve us better

ITS Strategic Plan focuses on enhancements to the transportation system through technology and connectivity, such as vehicle to vehicle that allow vehicles to communicate with each other on the road and have shown to reduce crashes

ITS Strategic Plan focuses on enhancements to the transportation system through technology and connectivity, such as vehicle to vehicle that allow vehicles to communicate with each other on the road and have shown to reduce crashes

The tires of the cars create an unforeseen environmental hazard and gridlock in processing and recycling them

The tires of the cars create an unforeseen environmental hazard and gridlock in processing and recycling them

This diagram depicts some key Ssocial Platforms in use today.. social media takes place through various Social Media platforms , and can be divided into many categories and each serving its own purpose

This diagram depicts some key Ssocial Platforms in use today.. social media takes place through various Social Media platforms , and can be divided into many categories and each serving its own purpose

An Online photo management and sharing application to show off favorite photos and videos to the world

An Online photo management and sharing application to show off favorite photos and videos to the world

YouTube is a video sharing social media platform that currently has 75 million videos and 150,000 more adapted per day. It allows one to upload and share video clips through websites, mobile devices, blogs and e-mail

YouTube is a video sharing social media platform that currently has 75 million videos and 150,000 more adapted per day. It allows one to upload and share video clips through websites, mobile devices, blogs and e-mail

Twitter is the fastest growing social media . The twitter platform is used by 94% of marketers platforms

Twitter is the fastest growing social media . The twitter platform is used by 94% of marketers platforms

Who is using Twitter: 5% Whites, 18 percent Hispanics and 13% Blacks; it is used by 11% of online users in urban areas, 8% in suburbs and 5% rural

Who is using Twitter: 5% Whites, 18 percent Hispanics and 13% Blacks; it is used by 11% of online users in urban areas, 8% in suburbs and 5% rural

Social media is the fastest growing aspect of the internet and has spun off industries such as social marketing, reputation management and social media optimization. Since many sping up everyday, I contend this leads to some new form of gridlock

Social media is the fastest growing aspect of the internet and has spun off industries such as social marketing, reputation management and social media optimization. Since many sping up everyday, I contend this leads to some new form of gridlock

84% of social network sites with more women than men

84% of social network sites with more women than men

Web Browsers

Web Browsers

This aggregation of Web 2.0 logos has been floating aound the intrnet today. Most of these companies are unknown. The question becomes, how much that is on the Web we do not know, maybe, some are making les profit because there are so many, or not

This aggregation of Web 2.0 logos has been floating aound the intrnet today. Most of these companies are unknown. The question becomes, how much that is on the Web we do not know, maybe, some are making les profit because there are so many, or not

Gridlocked in the Intersection of a Metropolis like New York

Gridlocked in the Intersection of a Metropolis like New York

Shannon and Weaver's Traditional Model of Communication: This model of communication stresses linear communication. The sender sends messages to the receivers. Although those messages are affected by noise (disruptions, technological issues, accents

Shannon and Weaver's Traditional Model of Communication: This model of communication stresses linear communication. The sender sends messages to the receivers. Although those messages are affected by noise (disruptions, technological issues, accents

Stuart Hall's Encoding and Decoding

Stuart Hall's Encoding and Decoding

Meaningful Discourse

Meaningful Discourse

Global Internet Traffic

Global Internet Traffic

Emerging Gadgets and Concepts: Undergirded Gridlock

There is an extensive array or variety of internet appliances that are being spawned and added to the host of other technologies that have come up in the last twenty or so years to date. It is very important and fascinating to see the profusion of all these gadgets, and their enhanced uses and technical feats and interconnectivity.

It is also important to know what it is they do and how they do it. Added to this, is the most important fact that they are altering, changing, pacifying determining and redirecting how we network, talk, behave, plan, asses, learn, think and perceive and receive the world through these gadgets, and how we are affected and effected.

Internet appliances, for example, are tasked to function on specific devices containing embedded computers and connectivity to the Internet. They trade the functional generality and computational power of desktop computers for low cost and ease of use. The term, Internet Appliances, Applies to a range of products-from low-cost general purpose network computers to cell phones and microwave. These include:

PDA: A hand held device that communicates via two-way wireless networks. This personal digital assistance promises to organize the information we use everyday: phone numbers, appointments, lists, addresses, etc.

Web Terminal & Virtual JAVA Machine: A desktop device optimized for browsing the Web and executing load-on-demand JAVA programs. Similar to diskless workstation.

ISDN Video Phone: A desktop device primarily intended for making video phone calls, but also allowing the recording and retrieval of video messages and clips. Voice mail will be replaced by video mail.

Internet-enabled Equipment & Appliance: Ovens, VCRs,Video Cameras. Automobiles(dashboard & internal monitoring), and HVAC are just a few examples.

Here are some of the advances that have taken effect thus far:

VCRs have now become remote webcams; Microwave Ovens are now somewhat remotely programmed to cook dinner; Smoke/Intruder Alarm check on your home while your out of town; Automobiles today are designed to allow your mechanic to check out the engine while you are using it; Cellular Communications Device allow one to browse the web using your cell phone; Network computer lowered total cost of computer ownership; Pacemaker/heart monitor will allow medical technicians to adjust your pacemaker/heart monitor whilst you have it on you.

These emerging technology are going coming out with 'desktop applications built with easy to use solutions', will be able to 'give access to your enterprise information from your desk and through the world', make easy to 'remote' data collection; enable dynamic communication across your organization and Wireless connectivity; and, increase your ROI by investing in the latest technology; RFID (real Time Supply Chain), Barcode capture/AIT and Wireless Technology.

These services - Workstations, Web Apps, Mobile Devices and Emerging Technologies are integrated to improve our Organizations Information Technology(IT)..In the process of our consuming and utilizing these new and emerging technology they alter and change our behavior, thinking, organization and knowledge in the way they afford us access, speed, efficiency and in the process we acquire new ways of seeing, learning behaving and thinking and talking…

From convergence to virtualization, form narrow casting to ultra high speed broadband connections, the information technology industry and the profusion of technological gadgets is in constant change. These emerging technologies scan the horizon to help its users adapt to changing technology and go through with ease in understanding the ambiguous regulatory environment.

These new technologies use Computer Vision technology which enable new Touch light applications in gesture UI, video conferencing. The incoming new generation of cell phones have a bigger screen and a portable pad for pone button. These phones are called 'Fastap'-enabled equipped with a new user interface, Bluetooth, a Megapixel camera, and a micro SD card slot. It has slick buttons and a variable voice quality; meanwhile it offers innovative Celltop application; Wireless Interface: conference capabilities; Internal Antenna; caller ID; Speakerphone; Short messaging Service; Internet Browser.

The description of the cell phone above is not a sales pitch, but a concise listing of what these gizmos are packaged like and with what features and their network offerings and connectivity. What they have is their ability to increase out dependence, thinking, behavior, communication, networking and learning.

It is important to appreciate what these emerging technologies are designed like and crafted to do. They miniaturize our lives into a gadget that covers all the areas we would have had to try to cover in a myriad activities into one gadget. This gadget is technological in nature and it extends us in all sorts of direction and immerses us into the Electrical Computerized Cyber world and lifestyles.

Then there are people like Steven Woods says that : "We want to reduce the Computer's stranglehold on cognitive processing by embedding it and making it work more and ore like the natural environment. It is too much of a technological device now, and we haven't had the technology to truly integrate a high resolution display in artifacts that have organic shapes: Carved, flexible and textile,like you coffee mug."

A Queens Computing Professor Roel Bertegaal, who is now developing prototypes of these "non-planar" devices, in an article titles "New Computers change shape, Respond to Touch" says: says:"Not only will they take on flexible forms we've never imagined — like pop cans with browsers displaying RSS feeds and movie trailers — computers of the future will respond to our direct touch and even change their own shape to better accommodate data, for example, folding lie a piece of paper to be tucked into our pockets."

Dr. Vertegaal further states: "What we are talking about here is nothing short of a revolution for human-computer interaction." He compares our current use of flat, rectangular to the 19 century satiric novel. Flatland. A romance of Many Dimensions, about people who live only two dimensions and are narrow minded. He say and suggests that: "I think that computers are very much like that today.

"You are essentially looking at a tiny tunnel into a flat online world, and that causes people to think in a two dimensional way. 'Flatland' interfaces are incredibly limited compared to natural 3D ones." Some of the projects carried out by the Queens University's Human Media Lab have in June of this year "hacked together a controller for a Phillips 'lumative shirt'.

"The controller uses a solenoid acuator controlled by an Arduino board. Inputs are capacitive touch sensors connected to conductive fabric sewn into the shoulders of the shirt. By touching the left or right shoulder,friends can operate a back and forward image browser on your T-shirt. We believe that this to be the world's first truly interactive T-Shirt."

Steve Baker says that: "People put out personal data every time they click on a website, change the RV channel, shop, or talk on the pone. In his book, 'The Numerati,' Baker explores ways mathematicians and computer scientists are using information to predict- and possibly manipulate consumer behavior." He offered some 10 technological developments that will hit mainstream:

1. Magic carpet:

Researchers at Intel Corp. have come up with linoleum kitchen tiles wired with weigh sensors connected by radio signals to the Internet. They can measure not only the weight of people going about their business in the kitchen, but they can also determine the length of their strides and distribution of their weight. They are also designed to monitor elderly people, and send alerts if increased wavering signals the risk of a fall.

2. Citysense

Is there a lot of action in your neighborhood at 3 a.m.? Sense Network's Citysense allows users to look at cellphone usage patterns to gauge the flow of foot traffic in a city. What's more, by studying urban movements, Sense can sort users into behavioral "tribes" — people who follow similar patterns, from neighborhoods to night clubs. So, if the dots congregating down the street are red or blue, it might be lively — but not for your tribe.

3. Face recognition

It's been a sci-fi standard for generations — show the photo of a face to a machine, and it comes up with a name. Digital spies, of course, would love to use such technology to identify every face in airpots. That's still far away, But for hobbyists, simple face recognition will help sort out who's who in the family photo. Google's Picasa is already offering a version of this technology. New beards must cause problems. And forget about twins.

4. Supermarket smart carts

A decade after failed attempts to computerize shopping, supermarket chains in the United States, Germany and South Korea are rolling out new smart carts. The idea: Shoppers swipe their loyalty cards and a suggested shopping list pops up on the screen, based on their historical patterns. If this works, markets could offer shoppers customized discounts. The challenge will be to convince shoppers that sharing this data is worth the benefits — and that this trove of information won't be sold to marketers elsewhere.

5. Nano-wired helmets

The Pentagon is experimenting with helmets wired with nano-sensors. The idea: if a soldier is wounded, first responders will be able to download details of the impact — and it's likely consequences — as soon as they arrive on the scene. How long before this technology moves into football helmets.

6. Newscred

Newscred is a site that tracks and analyzes the credibility of news organizations and blogs — as ranked by readers. Fine, you might say. But what if readers on right and left trash the reputations of media they don't agree with? Newscred has to adjust its algorithms for such behavior.

7. Travel-time maps

Why measure miles? New cartographers at Google and elsewhere will be cooking up new generations of maps that combine a variety of data. A site called Information Aesthetics in London compares housing prices to travel time and driving to public transportation One glance at that kind of map, and you may see that you are farther from work than you thought.

8. Dragon Runner 'ThrowBot'

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are laboratories for a new generation of robots, including the "ThrowBot," a cheap 8-pound unit that rolls around dangerous territory, capturing information Look for these data-sweepers to show up in American cities, maybe in sports stadiums. They're the four-wheeled emissaries of the surveillance society.

9. Compulsion TV

Imagine a TV that allows you to click on an image — a woman's bracelet, her sweater, her shoes — to reach the item's e-commerce site. This is Internet marketing brought to Tv and DVDs. Many of us wouldn't click even once. But it could be a breakthrough for the home shopping set

10. Mopeds

Who said emerging technology couldn't be re-emerging? In the oil crisis of the '70s, Americans bought a half-million of these low-power motorbikes with pedals. With oil prices up, moped could make a comeback for all those potential cyclists who would appreciate a push up the hills. Gas mileage for mopeds routinely tops 70 miles per gallon.

These are some of the emerging technologies and their application and usage as envision by Baker. It is interesting to note that these technologies are intertwined with our central nervous system to the extent that we are not only wired, but are having a computer grid, through all sorts of gadgets,be gridded into our consciousness, awareness, thinking, behavior, work, houses,communication,learning and coping with life itself.

"It is important that we understand the promising emerging technologies through the lenses of their creativity and creative inquiry and learning. There is a proliferation of emerging technologies throughout the world and this article cannot cover them all.

"Maybe in the next deposition of technologies that are emerging and affecting and effecting our being, thinking, behavior, networking, learning, using, living-i.e., try to cover as many facets of life, living, thinking and improving our humanity and our perceptions, and at the same time understanding clearly how this new techniques and technologies are morphing into our existence and if whether this is good or bad for us.

"I think as we get to know about what came before, what's coming and what will be in the future will help us better know them and use them better and to our advantages. The problem here is that they come ready to serve our need and deeds; they already have programmed in them as to what they can do, and we adapt to that technique and programming.

"This is where I have a problem with our current technologies. We buy and use them according to what they promise us they can do. We become transformed based on the offerings that come with our gadgets. We o not come to our new technologies with what we want them to do for us. We come to them in their own terms as to what they can do to transform some things we need transformed, communicated, adjusted, monitored, viewed and so on."

Some of these technologies are:

Robotics; Biometrics; Voice Recognition Devices; Disposable Technology; E-Books; New Audio Media; Nanotechnologies; Flexible Computing Devices; Biotech; Digital Health; Eco-friendly Products; Electronic Clothing and Accessories; Embedded Technologies; Emerging Technology/Engineering; Home appliances; Home Healthcare Products; Intellectual Property; Personal Electronics; Personal Safety and Security Products; Robotics; Social Networking; Sports Electronics; Wireless Communication Consumer Electronics; Audio; Computer Hardware and Software.

Lastly we have a Hoverpod, a new Skycar. Chris Jablonski says that, "It uses a proprietary centrifugal fan that allows for the creation of an extremely compact craft with VTOL capabilities and high lifting efficiencies. The Entecho Hoverpod's core IP is an odd enclosed-rotor flight technology that requires a disc-shaped aircraft with passengers or payload in the center...

"Totally VTOL and with a small footprint, perhaps the Entecho Hoverpod might deliver as a practical and affordable personal flight solution. The manned vehicle is about 5 feet in diameter and can travel up to 75 mph, seat 3 passengers, and is currently designed to fly at an altitude of only around 5 feet — still greater that a conventional hovercraft, allowing it to pass any terrain.

"Our technical world not only creates these feelings spontaneously, it develops them with malice aforethought for technical reasons and by technical means which, in their action on the human being, reinforce the structures of that technical world. The words might be taken to pertain to the integration of all men into a brutally technicized environment. Modern society has moved toward a mass society, but the human being is still not fully adapted to these new forms.

Material techniques usually result in a collective social form by means of a process which is largely involuntary. But sometimes it is voluntary; the technician, in agreement with the technical data, considers a collectivity a higher social form. For example, the purpose of advertising technique is the creation of a certain way of life.

In this case, it is much less important to convince the individual rationally than implant in him a certain conception of life. The object offered for sale by the advertiser is naturally indispensable to the realization of this way of life… Now, objects advertised are all the result of the same technical progress and are all identical type from a cultural point of view.

So that, advertising, which is founded on massive psychology research that must be effective, can "put across" the technical way of life. Anyone who buys a given object participates in this way of life and, by falling prey to the compulsive power of advertising, enters involuntarily and unconsciously into its psychological framework.

One of the great designs of advertising is to create needs; but this is possible only if these needs correspond to the ideal of life that man accepts. In the meantime, advertising goes about its task of creating a psychological collectivism by mobilizing certain human tendencies in order to introduce the individual into the world of technique.

Advertising affects all people and its goal is to persuade the masses to buy. The inevitable consequence is the creation of mass man, and in the end, for all the technological advancement and how it is advertised to the consuming masses, we end up becoming the grid and are the grid, in the broader sense of the meaning of the word.

Today, our cultural body is made of media. Mediating technologies are fibrous matter holding society together. We are the grid because the communication, unlike chemistry or biology, is behavioral process. The role and effect of media are not as predictable as the result when two chemicals are mixed at a certain temperature in a laboratory.

Communications involves human beings and society, not physical elements undergoing experimentation in a laboratory. Technique, to Ellul, is "a 'blind' force, but one which unfortunately seems to be more perspicacious than the best discernible human intelligences.

Ellul's insistence that the technical phenomenon is not a determinism is not weakened by the enumeration of five conditions which are said to be "necessary and sufficient" for its outburst in the recent past, since the sufficient conditions for conditions(for example, the causes of the population explosion) are not ascertainable."

Ellul states: "The inertia of the technical phenomenon guarantees not only the continued refinement and production of relatively beneficial articles such as flush toilets, and wonder drugs, but also the emergence of those unpredictable secondary effects which are always the result of ecological meddling and which today are of such magnitude and acceleration that they can scarcely be reconciled with even semistable equilibrium conditions of society.

"Nuclear explosions and population explosions capture the public's imagination; all indices of modern technological culture are exploding, too, and are potentially just as dangerous to the continued well-being of society, if by well-being we understand social equilibrium."

Some peoples cautious reasoning has prompted some people to see the output of the media not as a reflection of raw, unmediated reality but rather as a social index of attitudes and feelings. As Virginia Woolf elegantly put it, 'newspapers are tin sheets of gelatin pressed nightly on the brain and heart of the world'.(Woolf)

Many people actually see the media as responding to general impulses and prodding of the users and consumers of media and technological gadgets. With the new emerging social media, we become the media grid in our uses of the gadgets and we ultimately become the grid, and this has caused disequilibrium for the human being seeking to adapt to his new technological and social communication milieu.

Ellul states: "Our technical world not only creates these feelings spontaneously, it develops them with malice aforethought for technical reasons and by technical means which, in their action on human beings, reinforce the structures of that technical world." And Robert Ley adds: "The only person who still remains private individual is who is asleep." These words may be referring to the Nazis, but they are not limited to that. They pertain to the integration of all men into a brutally technicized environment.

Convergence of Humans and Technology

New Media and Interactivity

In the distant future will humanity ever merge with technology? Close attention should be paid to the fact that when talking about robot people technology, nor the technology of lights and clockwork technology, but one should think of it as any invention of man.

In these time of technology changing and proliferating so fast, changing buildings, phones, cars, networking, communication, behavior, thinking, Health, learning, political thoughts and conceptions, it is hard to keep up with all the changes taking place, but noting a few areas that technology is effecting and affecting, we can have a peek at the window into the future and maybe better prepare ourselves to live and survive in it.

The creation of mass man has ultimately created a mass consuming society with the help of advertisement and the evolution of technique within the mass splurge and constant new offerings of technical gadgets. Until we control our media and technology, we really do not know for certain what the future holds for us. We only hope it is for the better for human development and edification.

On this issue above, Erin A. Meyers writes:"I have been considering new media in a broad sense this semester, for a variety of reasons, and these are some of my ideas. The umbrella term "new media" has been used to refer to a wide range of media platforms and technologies. But the vast array of platforms makes it somewhat confusing to really think through exactly what new media are, and indeed, what's so new about them.If

Netflix streaming is clearly a new media platform, does that mean that Netflix home delivery is not? Or, is an oPhone the same sort of new media as Netflix? Each technology serves a different function, But the potential spaces of overlap (using your iPhone to watch streamed movies as opposed to using it to make a phone call or send a text) makes, I think, a precise definition of "new media" pretty challenging.

The new technologies are so varied and can be harnessed for many different purposes. Though the technologies that have reshaped everyday communication and media are viral to our understanding this new category, but, what's new so new about new media are the way the technologies enable user to interact with information and each with each other.

These interactions are tied to how the technology functions or what it makes possible (e.g., the iPhone lets you make phone calls, text, surf the web, etc., through its digital platform) but also to how individuals actually use that technology in their everyday lives.

What's so new about new media,then,is the fact that users can be both producers and consumers of content(even if that production is limited to a very small audience). Although the iPhones or Twitter are considered as new media, we should also consider how older media forms have transformed to meet the demands of our new media.

The new media, then, offers new sorts of ways to think about and engage with "old media." To this point, McLuhan gives us the picture of the nature of these new technologies when he says:

"Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media with which men communicate than by the content of the communication. All technology as the property of the Midas touch; whenever a society develops an extension of itself, all other functions of that society tend to be transmuted to accommodate that new form; once any new technology penetrates a society, it saturates every institution of that society. New technology is thus a revolutionizing agent.

"We see this today with the electric media and we saw it several thousand years ago with the invention o the phonetic alphabet, which was just as far-reaching an innovation — and had just as profound consequences for man. The electronically induced technological extensions of our central nervous systems, are immersing us in a world-pool of information movement and are thus enabling man to incorporate within himself the whole of mankind.

"The aloof and dissociated role of the literate man of the Western World is succumbing to the new, intense depth participation engendered by the electronic media and bringing us back in touch with ourselves as well as with one another.

"But the instant nature of electric-information movement is decentralizing — rather than enlarging — the family of man into a new state of multitudinous tribal existences. Particularly in countries where literate values are deeply institutionalized, this is a highly traumatic process, since the clash of the old segmented visual culture and the new integral electronic culture creates a crisis of identity, a vacuum of the self, which generates tremendous violence — that is simply an identity quest, private or corporate, social or commercial."

We are also made effective entities of inefficient of stagnant social, but progressive social whole that occupy space and time, over and over again. Below we take a look at the grid and its effects and affects on the in multiple social settings and ecologies.

We Are Virtually in the Grid

We are the grid, even if we do not think so about ourselves because, one way or the other, we are conforming to the cultural dictates of the new and emerging media, and we are in a hurry to dump the old ways or willing to be numbed from acknowledging it. In so doing, we are, in plain view, becoming and allowing ourselves to be enslaved by technology, and cannot even grasp that we are in the act of doing so and are eager to ride pell-mell into the technological virtual world.

Even if the new technologies are offering us ways to think and engage the new media, we are merely extending our already extended nervous-system-like-existence of which we are already one with its grid. In this case, the propagation of the knowledge of human beings, his tendencies, his desires, his needs,his psychic mechanism, his automatisms as well as knowledge of his social existential reality(Ellul),

"Thus technique has managed to dictate its own brand of culture, and suppress the cultural knowledge that had brought man to that point of modern, efficient refined technology and its embedded techniques.

It is interesting to note that McLuhan's analysis of the History of Western Cultures in that what it expeditiously does is to displace people as the chief causes of change. McLuhan is not a Humanist because Humanists stress the primacy of humans as the focus of attention in such matters and questions.

They look at seeking the causes of history in the texts and social movements of the time, in the political structures, in the global conflicts over the diminishing basic resources, and so forth.We thus begin to consider those that help us understand how we arrived where we are, why we believe what we do, why the national borders are as they are, why the distribution of wealth is as it is, and so on.

McLuhan's vision of the role of technology in these questions is that it subtly shapes the 'environment' in which events it occurs. We are different beings by virtue of the way in which technologies are not mere add-ons to ourselves. McLuhan writes: "Tonybee considers that although all of the oriental societies have in our time accepted the industrial technology and its political consequences: on the cultural plane, however, there is no uniform corresponding tendency."

"This is like the voice of a literate man, floundering in a milieu of ads, who boasts, "Personally, I pay no attention to ads." The spiritual and cultural reservations that the oriental peoples may have toward our technology will avail them not at all. The effects of technology do not occur at the level of opinions or concepts, but alter sense ratios or patterns of perception steadily and without any resistance."

He saw cultures as affected by technology via the impact on social structures, but also by the ways in which it changes us in a more personal fashion. The moulding influence of technology on culture, then, is profound. It certainly needn't offer a complete explanation to any question we ask, but is far more important a factor than we commonly understand.

Technology may not determine culture in many ways (what,of value is done with it, for instance), but by its nature and influence on people, technology will "shape and control the scale and form of human association and action."

Gridlock Ecology

We should take note that whenever we talk about gridlock, there are other areas, or ecologies, if you will, that are part and parcel of the gridlock narrative of this Hub. Wildwell writes the following about Transportation gridlock: "Oil's greatest effect has been on transportation. Without doubt this sector has been changed the most by cheap, readily available oil.

"Around 70% of oil goes directly to he transportation sector and nearly 50% is used by cars. As it turns out, cars are a hopeless machine for moving around the cities (or even going to them) — by virtue of flow, parking and accidents and ann that good at energy efficiency.

"So, apart from looking at alternatives fuels, its worth taking off those car-based rose colored spectacles, and look at what's been happening around the world. Imagine the race between the hare and the tortoise, while that 1.5 ton 11mpg personal monster appears to be an example of sexy consumerism, in the real world those that can get to work quicker, more easily and using less energy are ultimately going to win the race…"

Wildwell further makes concrete what he is alluding to that, "Traffic congestion, already costing Americans $63.1 billion a year, is only getting worse, according to a new report from the Texas Corporation Institute [TTI]. Factoring in today's rising fuel prices adds another $1.7 Billion per year. [...]

  • Annual delay per peak period (rush hour) traveler, which has grown from 16 hours to 47 hours since 1982,
  • A number of urban areas with more than 20 hours of annual delay per peak traveler, which has grown from only in 1982 to 52 in 2003,
  • Total amount of delay, reaching 3.7 billion hours in 2003, and
  • Wasted fuel, totaling 2.3 Billion gallons lost to engines idling in traffic jams

"Two schools of thought opine that we should build more highways or we must encourage more people to mass transit. The first option sounds tempting (assuming you have the space) and sits well with the oil companies, car makers and all the pimps of the highway lobby.

"And there is a great deal of political opposition to alternatives. The absolute maximum highway capacity is 2,000 vehicles per hour(VPH) on grade separated freeways per lane, with various diseconomies of scale using ramps as they fight for space down to less than 2,000 VPH for the whole highway. If those 2,000 vehicles have one person in them they are extremely inefficient at getting people around urban areas.

"This compares to new rail lines in China moving 100,000 people per hour, with 99% punctuality record. Some cities were built before cars or in topographically restricted areas — so mass transit has had to the way. Fast and efficient mass transit means that less than 10% of households own a car."

Man Extended by Social Gridlock Ecology

Lost Motorcyclist writes: "Most people think they know what gridlock is,but I want to go over it agains because it happens to highlight one of the most important principles in civilization, and if we can solve gridlock, we could solve any human problem. Let's start with the basics. On a crowded city, such as New York which happens to be laid out in a grid, traffic will occasionally come to a complete halt in a feedback chain reaction.

"Imagine a city block which has an intersection at each corner, when traffic is heavy. Now imagine what happens at one of those intersection when the light turns red, but some cars are stuck in the intersection blocking their progress. Immediately, more cars become blocked behind them, and if the line stretches back to their previous intersection, then that one also becomes blocked the same way, and the chain reaction will now occur in all four corners of the block.

"And with one city block completely stuck, neighboring blocks will also get stuck the same way. That is what we call gridlock. In principal, gridlock can happen in places other than a grid. Apparently these traffic James are hard to break up.

"The root cause of gridlock come down to human nature," writes Lost Motorcyclist. "Each independent driver is trying to get trough the traffic as quickly as possible. So they amy make a decision which superficially may help them get a little further. But their decision blocks another driver, and the feedback from that eventually blocks the entire traffic flow for the whole city."

The psychology of this is very interesting, because even if you explain to each driver how to act in order to ensure the free movement of traffic, where they themselves will be stuck for hours.[We create and grid and we become the grid — locked up and stuck… my paltry two cents] . In short, moving ahead is not always wise if you want to keep moving ahead.

Other Ecological Environmental Extensions like politics, economics, and war also suffer from gridlock mentality. This is the kind of 'self interest' that gives temporary advantage to one person while starting the chain reaction that brings down the whole system for everyone.

"Think of economic banks, that get spooked by economic news, and withdraw their loans to protect their own interests, which shuts down those borrowers' business, which in turn lay-off employees,who in turn withdraw their money from the banks, thus driving the banks out of business anyway.

The circular chain reaction always comes back to the beginning of the problems and then spreads further. This gridlock mentality applies to a military occupation, where soldiers are torturing and killing innocent civilians to get information which ends up having a negative effect with more civilians turning against the occupiers until they finally have to give up.

A small advantage one minute, which is torturing the rebels in order for the regime to "stay safe". But the advantage in temporary security turns millions of people against the occupiers, and the war is lost(Vietnam, etc) "Terrorists are aways trying to find ways to enhance 'gridlock' effect against the occupying forces.(Lost Motorcyclist).

Emerging Technologies and the Girded Grid

Virtual Traffic as an Extension of ourselves

In the final analysis, emerging technologies and the spurious coming into being to users of their gadgetry and other technologies are clogging the market and the consumers are left bedazzled and bamboozled. People never get to know their technological toys, then new one come up just as sophisticated as the old one, but in a new ways, and they are also becoming smaller and smaller, newer and smarter.

The social media applications have been credited as the first social networking too to really make a connection with culture. It facilitates for all kinds of topics. Social media is a broad term which mainly refers to t he constellation of websites who's content is produced by uders, and these users develop communities and enertes conversation between its membership. These social media include: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and other blogging platforms, YouTube, LinkedIn, Digg, Delidcious, Reddit, and much more.

The interest in social use of social media is because of the possibility of the conversation that take place on social media properties and very powerful tool for generating publicity about business or public interest activities, through techniques such as bookmarking, blogging, photosharing and messaging. There is a lot of interconnective inter activity that is promulgated and made possible by these social media platforms. At this juncture, I will use statistics from Pingdom to give a sense of the breadth and depth of the Internet up to 2009:

E-Mail

  • 90 trillion - The number of e-mails sent on the Internet in 2009
  • 247 billion - Average number of e-mail messages per day
  • 1.4 billion - The number of e-mail users worldwide
  • 100 million - New e-mail users since the year before
  • 81% - The percentage of e-mails that were spam
  • 92% - Peak spam levels late in the year
  • 24% - Increase in spam since last year
  • 200 billion - The number of spam e-mails per day(assuming 81% are spam)

Websites

  • 234 million - The number of websites as of December
  • 47 million - Added websites in 2009

Webservers

  • 13.9% - The growth of Apache websites in 2009
  • -22.15 - THE GROWTH OF IIS websites in 2009
  • 35.0% - The growth of Google GFE websites in 2009
  • 38.4% - The growth of Nginx websites in 2009
  • -72.4% - The growth of Lighttpd websites in 2009

Domain Names

  • 1.73 billion - Internet users worldwide (September 2009)
  • 18% — increase in Internet users since the previous year
  • 738,257,230 - Internet users in Asia
  • 418,029,796 - Internet users in Asia
  • 252,908,000 - Internet users in North America
  • 179,031,479 - Internet users in Latin America/Caribbean
  • 67,371,700 - Internet users in Africa
  • 57,425,046 - Internet users in the Middle East
  • 20,970,490 - Internet users in Oceania/Australia

Social Media

  • 126 million - The number of blogs on the Internet (as tracked by BlogPulse)
  • 84% - Percent of social network sites with more women than men
  • 27.3 million - Number of tweets on Twitter per day (November 2009)
  • 57% - Percentage of Twitter's user base located in the United States
  • 4.25 million - People follow @aplusk (Ashton Kutcher, Twitter's most followed user)
  • 350 million - People on Facebook
  • 50%-Percentage of Facebook users that log in every day
  • 500,000 - The number of active Facebook applications

Images

  • 4 billion - Photos hosted by Flickr (October 2009)
  • 2.5 billion - Photo uploaded each month on Facebook
  • 30 billion - At the current rate, the number of photos uploaded to Facebook per year

Videos

  • 1 billion - The total number of videos YouTube serves in the US(November 2009)
  • 12.5 billion - Videos viewed per month on YouTube in the U.S.(November, 2009)
  • 924 million - Videos viewed per month on Hulu in the US(November 2009)
  • 182 - The number of online videos the average internet user watches a month (USA)
  • 82% - Percentage of Internet Users that view videos online(USA.)
  • 39.4% - YouTube online video market share (USA)
  • 81.9% - Percentage of embedded videos on blogs that are YouTube videos

Malicious Software

  • 148,000 - New zombie computers created per day (used in botnets for sending spam, etc.)
  • 2.6 Million - aAmount of malicious code threats at the start of 2009 (viruses, trojans, etc.)
  • 921,143 - The number of new malicious code signatures added by Symantec in Q4 2009

The statistics above were provided by Pingdom and are used here to highlight the traffic on the internet and to give a sense of how huge and deep is the Web. We are in the grid and are the grid. The number of people on the Web is growing daily and so are the emerging new technologies which have what McLuhan would call a numbing effect on the users who are trying to keep up, and the speed and rapidity with they are churned-out and the public given unlimited and unfettered access to them.

Gridlock comes here in terms of people scuttling to keep up with the new gadgets as they hit the marketplace at blitzkrieg speed, and that this type of change demands that the users keep up with the techniques embedded within these new gizmos. There is some unitary consciousness that is being created by the workings of the Internet as observed above.

The numbers tell us that there is something working her in unison like it never did before; human beings are connecting and communicating with each in even larger and within a myriad of ways that are offered by the Internet. It would be proper at this time to see what McLuhan has to say about this phenomenon. The Internet, wherein he enables us to wrap our minds and understanding of the Ways of the Internet and its inner-workings — i.e., its effects and affects on us.

McLuhan informs us thus: "Our very word 'grasp' or 'apprehension' points to the process of getting at one thing through another, or handling and sensing many facets at a time through more than one sense at a time. It begins to be evident that "touch" is not skin but the interplay of the senses, and "keeping in touch" or "getting in touch" is a matter of a fruitful meeting of the senses, of sight translated into sound and sound into movement, and taste and smell.

"The 'common sense' was for may centuries held to be the peculiar human power of translating one kind of experience of one sense into all the senses, and presenting the result continuously as a unified image to the mind. In fact, this image of a unified ratio among the senses was long held to be the mark of our rationality, and may in the computer age easily become so again.

"For it is now possible to program ratios among the senses that approach the condition of consciousness. Yet such a condition would necessarily be an extension of our own consciousness as much as the wheel is an extension of our feet in rotation.

"Having extended o translated our central nervous system into electromagnetic technology, it is but a further stage to transfer our conscious ness to the computer world as well. Then at least, we shall be able to program consciousness in such wise that cannot be numbed nor distracted by the Narcissus illusions of the entertainment world that beset mankind when he encounters himself extended in his own gimmickry.

"If the work of the city is the remaking or translating of man into a more suitable form than his nomadic ancestors achieved, then might not our current translation of our entire lives into the spiritual form of information seem to make of the entire globe, and of the human family, a single consciousness? Translation is thus a 'spelling-out' of forms of knowing".This is what we call 'mechanization of the global collective consciousness,' as McLuhan attested to.

McLuhan writes: "Any invention or technology is an extension or self-amputation of our physical bodies, and such extension also demands new ratios and equilibriums among the other organs and extensions of the body. ...These media, being extensions of ourselves, also depend upon us for their interplay and their evolution.

"The fact that they do interact and spawn new progeny has been a source of wonder over the ages. It need baffle us no longer if we trouble to scrutinize their action. We can, if we choose, think things out before we put them out. In other words, the greatest school had been put for human use before it has been thought out..

"Now, this is especially true of our media. They are put out long before they are thought out. In fact, their being outside us tends to cancel the possibility of their being thought of at all. McLuhan in seeking to understand many media, the conflicts from which they spring, and the even greater conflicts to which they give rise, handed out the promise of reducing these conflicts by an increase of human autonomy.

"We have reached a [certain] point when each stick of chewing gum we reach for is acutely noted by some computer that translates our last into a new probability curve or some parameter of social science. Our private and corporate lives have become information processes because we have put our central nervous systems outside us in electric technology."

We have discussed throughout this Hub how we are part of the electrical and technological grid. What we learn from McLuhan is that when we invented the technologies that we are using today, we "extended ourselves" and that these extension create a shift, a change in our real space and time, and that,it would important that we should be cognizant of what we are doing.

"Whenever we invent we are extending ourselves through the new technologies, and that we neither have time to adjust and get to know our creations, fully. As noted in the issue discussed about Gridlock, one can see that in our creating cars, we got caught in the glut of these new mechanism and now they are taking too much of our time, energy and jamming us in the spaces they fill, and subjecting us to the technological inventions of our making.

Making my comments above much more cogent and even more clearer, McLuhan instructs thus: "The electric light ended the regime of night and day, of indoors and out-of-doors. But it is when the light encounters already existing patterns of human organization that the hybrid energy is released. Cars can travel at night, ball players can play all night, and windows can be left out of buildings.In a word, the message of the electric light is total change. It is pure information without any content to restrict its transforming and informing power."

McLuhan thinks that all "students of the media should mediate on the power of this medium of electric light to transform every structure of time and space and work and society that it penetrates or contacts, he will have the key to the form of the power that is in all media to reshape any lives they touch.

"Except for light, all other media come in pairs, with one acting as the content of the other, obscuring the operation of both. It is a peculiar bias of those who operate media for the owners that they be concerned about the program content of radio, or press, or film. The owners themselves are concerned more about the media as such, and are not inclined to go beyond 'what the public wants' or some vague formula. Owners are ware of the media s power, and they know that this power has little to do with "content" or the media within the media."

Politics of Gridlock and Dysfunction

On the other, America is undergoing a huge change as an industrial and military power. This can be seen in its political system which is beset and bereft with gridlock that undermines the country and its inhabitants badly. Ever since Obama took the reins of power America has become polarized and gridlocked helplessly. One can see the 'sluggish economical recovery of the economy, the loss of jobs, the scale of the soaring deficits.'

Looking at the congressional budget office's projections, that even Senators say that if they do not do anything about it this country will like Greece, with the exception that America does not have the European Union to bail the US out. Senior military officials bemoan the fact that the single most threat to national security was the American national debt. Timothy Garten Ash writes:

"Switch on your television, or turn to the politics pages of your newspaper, and one's heart sinks. But if you ask what will be the biggest geopolitical story of the of the 2010s onwards is that China is rising and America is struggling. When 2020 comes around, the US will have had to find a way to put its house in order. If you want to feel optimistic about America's chances of renewal, go to Silicon Valley. For a downer, look to Washington.

"The struggle for America's recovery is the battle of the iPad against the filibuster. In Silicon Valley, you see everything is still inspiring about American society: innovation rooted in science and intellectual freedom; entrepreneurs and risk-taking venture capital exploiting that innovation commercially; a dynamic, open society that attracts the brightest from everywhere - Indians, Chinese, Europeans, Africans.

"If you ask the people around the world what they most admire about the US, their shortlist is likely to include, beside George Clooney and Julia Roberts and Denzel, the iPhone, Facebook, Twitter or google. Yet, What it is that makes American politics so depressing? They are both polarized and gridlocked. Change in the Silicon Valley happens at the speed of science fiction; in Washington, at the pace of Brezhnev's Society Union."

Ash contnues to inform us that:"For instance, a bill to help out America's job-generating small businesses with modest government-backed loans was stuck in the Senate for months — a victim of the procedural rule which means that the minority (currently Republican) can block legislation by the threat of filibuster unless the other side can garner 60-vote "supermajority." A growing number of American(80% according to the Gallup Poll) believe that their congress needs recall and that their government is dysfunctional.

Ash says: "There are several aspects to this dysfunctionality. There is what I call the politics of cultural distraction. Millions of air hours are devoted to arguments about gay marriage, abortion, homosexuality or, most recently, the planned Islamic center blocks from the World Trade Center in New York," [the national budget battle, tax cuts for the rich, and more cuts in the poor's programs, taxes, payroll cuts/taxes and extension of unemployment benefits and the whole bit — my addition].

The newly elected Tea Baggers are the one who are assiduously working hard to make sure that, 'Obama fils in all his efforts, that he should not have a second term- and they are willing to handcuff the economical growth and in the process make the poor suffer more, and the rich become richer. Ash informs us thus: Then there is a strident, partisan polarization of the cable news networks, with Fox News roaring from the right, MSNBC shouting back from the Left, and CNN flailing in the middle.

There is the shameless gerrymandering, politely called "redistricting". At a recent event organized by Google, a former chair of the Republican national committee, ED Gillespie, explained that winning control of local houses of representatives in individual states is also important, because it helps when it comes to "being able to draw the district lines in a way that is more favorable toward our party". Not even the pretense that democracy is meant to have a level playing field.

All these exacerbate the dysfunctionality. But the most immediate pressing problem is the combination of institutional gridlock and the lack of cross-party cooperation, each reinforcing the other. The present political situation turned out that the Republicans won the House of Representatives and installed some recalcitrant Tea Bagger who are are calling the shots within the Republican party.

The Republicans did not win the senate, and have to date presented Obama with a gridlocked government and have given America the Brezhnevite gridlock and delay, as averred by Ash above. America's decline is China gain and prosperity. According to Ash, "There are no huge changes in the whole political system, no cross-party co-operation to simplify the country's absurd tax code, redirect the budget to the need of nation-building in the US, nor limit the power of money in American politics, the rules and change the procedure in the Senate - making one wonder if whether America can ever be reformed...

We are immersed within the technological smorgasbord, and thus have become girded within the grid that we end up being extended by its techniques and information and formation tendencies. The way the new technologies are emerging and have created a virtual world of interactivity and interconnectivity, the consumers and users of these gadgets have somewhat real, or imagined, and created a gridlock-like feeling at the speed with they are churned and made accessible to the rest of us.

As said when discussing the vehicle gridlocks, it is pointed out that we should be responsible regarding the actions that we take when in traffic; and as McLuhan has warned, we should think out what ever we choose to throw out the as our extended selves, so as to have a chance to mull over our creations, and thus forego the numbing aspects and effects that these technologies bring to bear on us, and try to manage to exert some control over them. We are all logged onto and into the girded virtual grid and political upmanship…

Technology As An Environment; The Medium as The Message and Messenger

Themes From The Environmental History Of Technology

Media (technology) always must be understood as an extension of human mind-body. This is a broader definition of a medium than is usually meant, since it applies not just to communication but every technological innovation starting with language(from oral tradition-a la Ong). By altering the relationship between our self-system and the environmental systems within which we live, we unintentionally cause changes to both ourselves and the environment.

Because media are extensions of our minds and bodies, we shape our tools and then our tools shape us… We have created a computer which works best with the Web: the computer is our body and the Web is our mind-the communication that takes place is an extension of our sense, mind and bodies which we extend virally as we have an extension of us through our nervous system in our physiological metabolism and mechanism.

So that, in the final analysis, clothing extends the skin, shoes extend soles and the feetWheels anther automotive extend our legs; whilst phonetic literacy extends eyes and the mind; that, in the end, electric media extends us akin to the our nervous system in our bodies.

We tend to 'clog' these systems, whether they be in our bodies, minds, computers or the Web-highways and by-ways; the electric grid or any space where were directed and dictated to by technology, and technique in an environment it is embedded in, we are the grid entrapped within the gridlock.

The body, with a gridlock within its functions, breakdown-and one gets hospitalized or sees a doctor; our technologies crash, whenever we clog the Web(this part I am not still sure how it works), and in turn, our traffic jams on the highway, clog the high ways, by-ways and the extended arteries and secondary roads that in the end nothing moves, man-hours consumed stuck are irreplaceable.

In effect, as extension os our mind and bodies, our use of media technologies changes us psychologically, socially, spiritual and intellectually. It also conditions us to accept and have a rear-view mirror viewing of the world. This backwards looking and forward peeping sets us up for a gridlock in a myriad ways. Fro instance, the immediate sensory environment — the context within which things are experienced — is itself very difficult to experience because "it saturates the whole field of attention so overwhelmingly."

Also, extensions of the human mind-body result in new relationships between our perceptual and bodily capacities, disrupting our self-system and giving rise to auto-protective measures, i.e., numbness(psychic anesthesia, emotional dissociation, PTSD ...Our use of technologies easily becomes addictive, and as it clogs "our everything" [so to speak], in order to protect the whole nervous system.

If one were to try and cut off or censor the Web, it has a way of circumnavigating that 'block' and find another way around it. Just as our natural reaction is to safeguard the whole nervous, because we try and block out psychic dissonance of the new media environment by absorbing ourselves in sense of control offered by the new technologies

  • The environmental effects of technological innovations "Enhances", that is, what the new medium does improve, make possible or accelerate in us in our using and interacting with it;
  • "Obsolesce" in a sense we notice that it is that is pushed aside or obsolesced by the new medium;
  • Reverse pushed to the limit of its potential, their new form will reverse it original characteristics.

- For example: automobile: enhance speed, obsolesces horse and buggy; retrieves nomadism, and reverses it into gridlock;

- Cellphone: enhance voice and increases mobility and flexibility, whilst it obsolesce the phone booth and house phone, which tend to keep one stationary, and the cell phone reverses the freedom of being in a leash, as explained;

- Just as Capitalism: it enhances liberty (of trade), obsolesces community responsibility; or, retrieves hunter-gatherer patterns, but reverses abundance into starvation and scarcity.

Technological Process of Imbalance, Ecological Instability, System Slippage and Gridlock

Many people who consider themselves to be modern assume regarding the neutrality or the intrinsic goodness of technological development, have obscured the cultural sacrifice man made in leaving and developing from Oral society, which had then established a balance with the environment; i.e., a balance with the environment, also a harmonious internal balance of sensory experiences, a stable economic and political order, a deeply immersive involvement in the world.

Literacy and symbolic consciousness generally, spreads out awareness past the present into the past and future, along and also into abstract possibilities which empowers us while at the same time, blocking, impoverishing, and dimming down our human potential. This occurs in the following manner described below:

Depression, mental illnesses, apathy, drug addictions and other compulsive-obsessive behaviors occur in "civilized" or 'modern' societies, i.e., societies suffering from a continuous process of uncontrolled explosion/implosion, creating perpetual dissonance and atrophy and entropy. Some technologies that are involved with our current civilizational disequilibrium with the world are:

- phonetic literacy and typography, automobiles, paper/digital currency system, electricity, Internet, Television, Radio, Phones(from land line to Cell phone), totalitarian agriculture;

- certain ideas about: development, what it means to be human, to be happy, to be in control, to be alive . The ills of technology have nothing to do with being not natural, but have much to do with the introduction of perpetual dissonance, entropy and disequilibrium which humans try to process into an even-keeled equilibrium.

Electric media do not merely extend ones sense, but they extend the entire nervous system, therefore extending self-awareness or consciousness past the body-defined self… We are now trying to understand the infinite ramification of the Technological and information societies while we still have time and ability to affect its development and our own development through it.

A key difference is he tension between the Self as a disembodied, placeless cyberanimal which simple processes information and the self living as a disconnected entity and needing to be connected: this is a balance between being challenged by technology and being in control. Thus, technology presents us with a problem: how do we avoid narcissus narcosis in the use of the new technologies.

Well, the way I see it, we seem to be overcome, swamped and swallowed by the fast and emerging and converging technologies and their technique embedded gizmos that it is really going to take a strong will than we can imagine to wean ourselves off this quicksand and gridlock of this tech/gadget environ which is moving us apace with its dictates, and not ours in any form one may see or understand it. At this present state and stage, we are really Gridlocked within the Media/gadget environs.

Americans Fed Up With Constant Political Gridlock

United States Governmental Gridlock

Mim Hall reported in the USA Today that:

"WASHINGTON — Members of Congress care more about their own re-election campaigns than about the nation's economy. Leaders in the House and Senate spend all their time battling. The White House won't take charge.

"A pox on the lot of them.

So say many Americans after weeks of watching political wrangling over how to cut spending and whether to raise taxes as part of a deal to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by Aug. 2 so the federal government won't have to default on its loans for the first time.

"They're screwing up right and left," says Steve Watson, 57, a self-described conservative Republican from Delta, Utah. "We've got to clean house and put new people in there with new ideas. All they're doing is arguing among themselves and not getting anything done."

STORY: Low ratings for Obama, Congress on debt talks

Ann Perry, 70, a liberal Democrat and retired teacher from Chester County, Pa., says, "They're worried about getting re-elected … and it's costing us."

News from On Politics

Less than three years after voters heeded Barack Obama's message of "change" and nine months after Republicans won control of the House of Representatives amid voter concern about government spending and the economy, Americans express profound disappointment with their political leaders.

As Obama and Republicans continue to debate how to handle the debt and future deficits, the GOP is taking the hardest hit with a job approval rating of 28% in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. Obama's approval rating: 45%.

Obama shouldn't rest easy. Americans overwhelmingly are appalled with what they see in Washington. Half of those polled say Obama and Congress are doing a worse job than their predecessors at managing the nation's problems. Democratic Congress members have a 33% approval rating.

"They can't get on the same page, and I don't know the answer," says Bill Gwynn, 65, of Powder Springs, Ga., a life-long Democrat who says he usually votes Republican now. "But something better be done quick, or this country's going right down the crapper."

Carey Lefkowitz, 32, a self-described liberal Democrat who supported Obama in 2008, says he blames the Republicans for the unfolding fiasco — but he's disappointed with Obama for compromising on extending Bush-era tax cuts for top earners this year.

"I want my president to go out there and have the [guts] to stand up for what's right," Lefkowitz says. "I'd like to hear him set it straight with the American people."

Charlene Lewis, 60, a Democrat from Vincent, Ohio, blames no one but the Republicans, specifically House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Lewis says she has a sister who counts on government programs to pay for her kidney dialysis treatments, and she can't abide the notion that entitlements such as Medicare could be cut while tax breaks for the wealthy stay in place.

"Boehner should realize who he's working for," Lewis says.

John Ross, 71, a moderate Republican from Tavares, Fla., also pinned the problems on his own party, complaining that the anti-tax Tea Party faction has scuttled efforts to reach a compromise on spending and taxes. "The Tea Party Republicans are Republicans first and Americans second," he says, "and it's a shame."

Even the Dalai Lama got into the act Monday, chiding lawmakers. Speaking on NBC's Today, the Tibetan spiritual leader said that when a nation is "facing crisis," political parties must become "secondary."

"It is not the interest of this party or that party," the Dalai Lama said. "It is a national sort of interest. So (they) must work together."

Gridlock ... Back

"Gridlock" took a bit of a hiatus during the presidential campaign, but today, we are back. Why not blog during the most engaged political moments of the cycle? Well, campaigns are times of combat, not times to figure out how to get things done. Ideally, we talk about solutions, but it was clear from early on that this was not going to be a campaign about reckoning with our big problems or addressing systemic defects in government.

There was a moment when it looked like the Republicans had put some big ideas on the table about entitlement reform -- that is, when Paul Ryan was nominated for VP -- but Romney distanced himself so quickly from this that it is as if he realized Ryan had a communicable disease a couple days after selecting him.

Anyway, the election was about "who cares about your pr