Social media is changing everything because everyone is watching everything live. There is no more time; everything is Now. We are a internet species now, a flock of starlings that shift in unison in flight. Common sense wise we are still living in the Newtonian universe of billiard balls knocking into each other as cause and effect in a linear line of past to future.
But the real world as changed. We no longer live in the Print Age of regimentation of defined words moving left to right, word separated from the flesh and feeling. The Print Age, as defined by Marshal MacKluhan shaped Western consciousness when the printing press was invented, and we changed from an oral tradition to a visual print tradition, and the mass man was created for the factories, perfect consumers who were then brainwashed by TV ads. Pac Men who just consumed forms.
With interactive social media, the whole world in your pocket, it is having the same effect on consciousness that the portable print Bible had on the Protestant Reformation the broke up the Catholic ritualistic hold on western man.
Two women in an elevator created a change in the direction of the social organism. I think that’s it. Social Media (and by that I mean all electronic media) has created an organism that is greater than the parts or single individuals. Yes….the organism is not an idea, not an ideal, not a biological category to be studied…the organism is US. We can feel it, taste it, cry in it, rage in it…all in unison as if we were fans at a soccer game.
Every event now that we have global media, live and in real time, is a butterfly flapping in Brazil that ends up being a tornado in Oklahoma. (a Quantum metaphor). We live in flocks of humans like Russian Nesting Dolls. There is the Western civilization flock, our national flocks, and then many flocks within that flock, like the Left Flock and the Right Flock, the Trump Flock and the Evangelical Flock. A flock is a whole within other wholes.
There have always been many flocks of humans in the American Flock, and we seem to have lost the Whole American Flock what with the strength of the flapping of the Trump Flock and the flocks against Trump. But there is an AMERICAN FLOCK, but it cannot be seen or described as an object. But it can be FELT. Flocks move by feeling, not by telegraphs, verbal message or visible signs.
Our institutions are a block against the movement of our flocks, which is be design. The Trump Flock wants to deconstruct the institutional blocks to its movement. But today, the American Flock swamped the institution and made it blink.
So as I explore this new metaphor that helps me get a handle of understanding on what is happening to us, our world that seems suddenly new, exciting and terrifying, full of dread and anxiety, I am optimistic.
The question is this. Is the Human Flock that transcends all the social flocks a moral force of nature, or a force of the flock that has a name and form. Is Nature the flock that has the final word, the final and ultimate command, the interior compass that can change the movement of humanity as a flock. Is nature conscious? Is nature intelligent? Is nature alive? Is nature the Cosmos.
Suddenly it seems to me that this week showed a Flock adjustment or direction that came from some unseen Order. I can’t say God because God has just become another flock within flocks.