Man’s Inability to Close Doors and Decide Is Compounded By Information Overload
Social Media-"The Twitter" and the "Twitterverse"
Twitter and Twitterverse Are An Extension of Ourselves
"Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send 'updates' (text-based posts, up to 140-characters long) via SMS, instant messaging, email, to the Twitter Website, or an application such as Twitterrific. Twitter was found in March 2006 by San Francisco start-up company Obvious Corp. In April 2007, Obvious LLC spun off the service as a separate entity under the name Twitter, Inc. with Jack Dorsey as CEO. (Twitter.)"
Being a newbie and having had a shortened encounter and participation with this new medium known as the Twitter, I was awestruck by what I have found in its that Data sphere whilst cruising the WWW Stream. On this Hub are my impressions using the Tweeter-the one on the white and a light Blue background icon or APP(Application?) and is fast churning put some modern social media theoretical spins, memes. zines, and empowerment of the user.
Tweeter-speak information or data spewing social network and coordination thereof, is spreading out like our nervous system is patterned in our bodies, also, spreading like the Universe is growing and barreling into the Spaces' Dark Matter.
The rate and generation of "Tweets", depends on who you "Follow" or "Unfollow," and is replete with many social networking interaction, intra-action, Retweeting and posting or venting and ranting-at times some use aphorisms and in the process are affects and effects that turn this "Social Networking Beast" into a complete "enveloping experience".
This is spreading, borne out of engaging and addicting new forms of communication enabled by the internet and all the new and emerging Gizmos, and in the process empowering the Users.It is also a new way of communicating all sorts of ideas and data by ordinary rich/poor. literate, illiterate, suave or ignorant/rural/city slicker, you add your understanding, the global scene that is the Tweeter, has transformed the way we live our live on Earth, do business, fights, communicate, think, acquire knowledge, disseminate information or Data, interact, interconnect, intra-communicate and go viral, merge and submerge in the Data Soup.
It does not matter, there is this transformation of an industrial society into a fully functional Technological society of the Jacques Ellul mode, the Twitter has introduced anew and unique way of handling, processing and distributing memes, zines and information circulation . On Board the Twitter is the world community in haste to inform, connect follow, find follower, send youtube streams, News agency with their streams bringing news and others peddling their wares within the context or space of 141 letters, broaden and make the Twitter user-friendly to their adherents.
Because I am new on Twitter, as of writing of this Hub at this point, I have received over 1200 tweets in an hour, The memes, zines and raw data and information in the stream are overwhelming; the messages, information, Data, public relations posts, all sorts of relations interactive probes, Musicians hawking their wares, Record stores selling and promoting vinyl, and all other paraphernalia of their productions, and then there are people who stream using famous quotations with their family, friends, other followers.
Others cull from all sorts of media sources and outlets and Tweet it by positing links through RTs,to groups of followers, or those of the one who Tweets Follow, big companies in the media and those big companies using the medium to their own end-are all what gives Tweeter the bubbly like effect, boomeranging and spread-eagled infiltration throughout the world is all about.
Thus far, these are my impressions as to what I have learned from the Twitter. I will further break this down below as to what these impressions have gleaned to me about the new inter and intra-communication, submerging/converging medium: Twitter.
It seems that the information glut and its speedy flow creates forgetfulness and constant need to be satisfied as at it pops and spirals to the receiver and at the speeds tantamount to that of the spreading and growing Universe.
Information gathering and knowledge seems to have come down to a 100-1000 per second delivery to the receiver, who has to inter- and intra-connect-merge and submerge to, latch on by login in or out in the streaming viral and primordial tweeter verse, wherein a user, upon receiving tweets they retweet to their followers and newcomers from ones Twitter receptacle with a name, picture and the information the Twitterer has virally cloned into the Web through disseminating the Data-glut and recycling or relaying the screen popping information or Data which comes at incredible and excellent speeds.
And need response and one to respond to-or one to depose or repose of it in proscribed ways that are germane to the Twitter; some have resorted to filling up their Tweeter communicative space with links and connection, grouping them in many and infinite orders; others tweet whole batches of information at the rate of a minute or less a tweet-purveying and throwing our mimezines and clogging the Cyber Space and Cyber consciousness. It is better at this juncture we learn a little bit about these message systems and meanings. Douglass Rushkoff explains Mimezines and Zines this way
"Take the virtual reality meme. While any convincing application of this technology is still years away. VR as an idea has brought together a wide assortment of countercultural figures. Timothy Leary and other psychedelics advocates immediately recognized the association between the virtual world and the acid trip. They both provided the user with access to a new world, apparently unbound by the laws of physical reality. Likewise, once people learn to make a fantasy true in a virtual or hallucinatory world, they bring back with them and inkling of how to create the same reality in the physical world.
The more people feel free to design reality, the more influence they will begin to have on the systems with which they interact.[I would swear that this was the coming of the Twitter-my addition] The spiritual connectedness people experienced on LSD in the sixties translated into the antiwar movement, a rebirth of radical politics and spirituality and eventually the feminist, environmental, and New Age movements... the memes of psychedelics, spirituality and revolution seem inextricably linked to virtual reality(VR)'.
Leary himself is most responsible for spreading awareness about the technology, as he toured the United State and Japan demonstrating and lecturing on VR throughout the late eighties. Sirius's Mondo 2000 magazine, which brought VR into the printed media, was most famous (in its previous incarnation as High Frontiers magazine) for its bold description of psychedelics and their effects, as described by men like Leary, William Burrough, Terence McKenna, and John Lily.
By bringing the memes of computers and drugs into the same place, Sirius linked forever the ideas of psychedelic hallucination and virtual reality simulation. An interesting way that will help humans to deal with the new technologies and realities that we see happening in the form of the Twitter and other Social Media.
Rushkoff further explains the ways and means and modus operandi of the viral World and reality functions and how this envelopes our extended selves and subverted consciousness:
Rushkoff writes: "To get these memes on mass media, to develop 'Wild Palms' from a comic book morphed into a fully fledged self-similar media world, complete with a companion book to explain the background and details. Stone and Wagner enlisted some of the leading meta-media theorists around today.
To invent the detail of the psychedelic drug, mimezine , they hired Gary Henderson, a Bay Area expert on designer chemicals and founder of Yang sportswear-a company that advertises "Clothing for Altered States" on the back cover of Mondo 2000. Even the name of the drug-mimezine is meant to evoke consideration of memes-or create the reality of a techno-spiritual cult. Stone needed to present them-as did Donahue-in most sensationalistic possible light.
While his own hopes for our culture are based in the psychedelic visions of Bob Dylan, The Doors, and other sixties poets and philosophers, only the hard-edged grim cyberterrorism of "Wild Palms" could successfully package these ideas into a marketable viral shell. But under the soap opera veneer of "Wild Palms" hid an army of metamedia activists whose own lifelong efforts at cultural conversion are just beginning to be realized.
Contributing to the commercial but meme-aware filmmakers like Stone, watered-down their own agendas,but slowly and meticulously prepared popular culture for future viral infection. What we see as Twitters and other social media, had their beginnings according to the narrative laid down and as described above by Rushkoff.
According to Rushkoff, Gary Henderson Radzik, an engineer came about with this Gaia hypothesis when he pondered that: "Nature just decided, 'Okay, if I want to get conscious, I'm gonna need technology to do it because these people don't have clear enough minds to use telepathy. They are too-cluttered.' Technology is an extension of nature, but people don't see it that way to help people understand and cooperate with Gaia's plan to link humanity together through media, Jody decided to promote the memes of chaos math.
"The biggest cultural enemy," according to Jody, "is fear". Tadzik's own guiding light in the development of his chaos ideologies has been Goddess Kali: "Kali represents the universe. She's got a sword and a severed head in her hand, and she's really scary, but she's also offering a blessing, 'Fear not. I know it Iooks scary as shit, but its's cool. If you approach me with humility I'm gonna take care of you."
Don't worry about it. It's frightening, but if you go with the flow, you're gonna be okay.' For me, the fractal and chaos attracotrs say the same thing. They show that random systems have limits to their behaviors. There's a 'from there',out they are beautiful. Have no fear. There is comfort. Plus, I thought that they just looked cool'. This gives us the ideas as to how we are as comfortable with the Twitter and other social media outlets because the conception of the Twitter came before the actual Twittering that we all experts of, today.
Rushkoff clarifies thus: "Radzik chose the symbols of viruses and chaos math for three reasons. The looked cool, they were technology promoting, and they had magical connotations. His intention was to wed the memes of chaos with the memes of viral invasion-this would bring his culture into a greater awareness of the frightening-looking methods Gaia is using to bring us together while keeping people reassured and comforted."