Modern media life has become real time TV. Instead of watching terror in a movie where we know it is not real, we now watch it real time..and get the kick of it being real. Terror unplugged. Like the Roman gladiators, this is real death, not fake death in action movies. Our love of action movies and terror attack has made them real, as we get bored and numbed by fake terror. We want the real thing so we can feel alive.
As ritual, terrors acts unite the people in grief and resolve, perhaps the only universal event that unites the consciousness of the people no matter what nation. Everyone participates in this mass ritual. Without media, there would be no attacks. The camera or the observer creates that which it observes.
The human mind’s consciousness is always part of a collective Mind, but for the first time we have a global Collective Mind as media, and what we are conscious of in Media Mind is what media chooses to think about. The camera selects reality and we believe this reality is the whole reality, and a new View Point is being created —like that of Yahweh— who sits outside of the visible world on a couch, reacting to the forms on the screen as if the forms are in his livening room. The Media like a conductor plays our emotions with distant threats that exist in exaggerated form like shadows on the wall of Plato. The Media Mind selects what to show because of the viewers reaction to what is shown. The Media Mind and the Viewers Mind are correlated, each influencing and feeding the other.
Ritual terror, which is what we have now, reminds me of programming to get viewers. There is no programmer however, as we program ourselves so we can watch ourselves in media. Media Mind is a collective Selfie.
Media is a fish bowl that creates the fish who create the bowl. Media is portable, a world in our pocket, and it is now interactive. The watchers created the watched.