The Fully Externalized And Hollowed Out Being

maskDoes an interior life still exist when all of our motives, quirks, and desires are quantified, quasi-monetary units? Via The New Inquiry, Rob Horning writes:

When the mechanistic imperative has been successfully internalized as the prevailing life style of our society, we shall find ourselves moving through a world of perfected managers, operations analysts, and social engineers who will be indistinguishable from the cybernated systems they assist.

The cybernated system might demand not conformity but constant innovation within constrained categories — the mechanistic imperative could be: CREATE! Creativity in personal expression is not immune to being bureaucratized.

The new fear is not that people will be all the exact same “blank” dispassionate drone — people’s identities are more variegated and articulated than ever — but that they will become indistinguishable from their social-media profiles, the mark of a systematized personality.

Indeed the sites propose that all of identity must be externalized in order to be authentic. By instrumentalizing tokens of identity so thoroughly, social media deny the relevance of other people’s interiority, making that interiority seem somewhat implausible. Why would you think something you couldn’t use?

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  • Simon Valentine

    a great briefing on this sort of cybernetic lotus, forget-me-not cancer, and intermittently matured wisdom from ancient times of floods and babylon.

    Graphical Structures that seem to defy the Algorithms played through It – defiance is itself a growing layer (if not Monster) and equilibrium of its own – how then to maintain an orderly economy, government, and indeed any idea of what’s what whatsoever? not with all the pieces and all the possibilities could one manage it, at which i jest, while mocking fallacy equated Group Theory.

    the incapacity of the mathematical and physical sciences (here together as computation and cybernetics) still looks divine in comparison to the incapacity of those who may, and tend to not, wield it. gaps will widen so much as eyes.

    again, (a) draw of the generic repeated theme one may see of such is that of youth – incessant, modulus modeled grind – gears of creativity all too often ill designed, if ill be ir and ir be rational modulus. what then does the writer seek in “imperative”? nilpotent tangent bundles of a Haar mechanism?

  • Ted Heistman

    Well, There are abandoned spaces always opening up.

  • jnana

    I think this is related to our culture’s emphasis on the psychological functions Jung called “Extroverted Thinking” and “Extroverted Feeling”(which is what we use when we get caught up in the enthusiasm of the mob). We seem to focus and encourage this function but not so much as the Introverted psych. functions, particularly Introverted Intuition, Introverted Thinking and Introverted Feeling. In fact, these are actually discouraged in our society, being “anti-social”.

    The extroverted functions aren’t bad, they just need to be tempered by the Introverted functions. But it is easy to manipulate those who have weak introverted functions.

    • Ted Heistman

      really? How so?

      • jnana

        do you mean how are those w/ weak introverted functions easily manipulated? if so, its because introverted thinkers create concepts and play w/ ideas, whereas extroverted thinkers play w/ raw objective data and what is agreed upon consensus truth. And introverted feeling types have their own feelings of whats right and wrong whereas extroverted feeling types want to please others and get caught in the mob’s feelings. the extroverted types need the approval of society. the introverted types are sufficient unto themselves. Although, I do think, in this day and age, extroverted intuition is a function that should be strengthened in us.

        • Ted Heistman

          interesting. I have no idea what I am. Could be ISFP or INTP or ENTP I thought I was an INTP but I don’t think I am. I think maybe that was from trauma.

          I am kind of an ambivert. I maybe a feeler more than a thinker. I read that intelligent feelers often mistake themselves for thinkers. I am a thinker but I don’t make decisions based on Thinking. I go by intuition.

  • BuzzCoastin

    the modern human cyborg has many personas and faces booked
    Buzz Coastin is one of many online personas
    created by the persona that impersonates me
    he’s even typing this right now
    but it’s not me

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