I feel this experience has been more or less an awakening as to my “official” stance on technology, but don’t hold me accountable for it.
For you see as I see it there are two ways to look at anything as: a man of science or a man of faith. And yes, I got this philosophy from “Lost”. On the show, the character John Locke posed this question to Jack Shepherd, who couldn’t understand the world around him.
A man of faith accepts and works with his current environment to find a path. While a man of science questions and probes for methods to conquer the environment. Neither is right nor wrong, but simply two ways to be.
Which leads me to the point of why I have labeled myself as a man of faith. I am a digital native, but also a rural man. I’ve been posing as a urban man for quite sometime, but the urban environment is for men of science. It has been optimized for getting the most in the least, but I like to take my time. Even if it means I need to wait longer for the end product. I’m a fan of the journey.
Which leads me to technology. I may be rural, but when I was born my family had a broadband connection. I’ve always live within the internet. My various avatars are living parts of me within the community. While I would enjoy to be a well known member of the community; I can’t agree with those who seek to optimize and force their avatar on to others. I will use the internet to showcase, not market my work.
I think this stand comes from my nature roots. An early name of the DJ was Techno-shaman. I like the sound of that because it fits how I view digital society: one big tribe. I am a member, who wants to contribute rather than dominate.
That is why generally I’m pro digital advances. I don’t fear the new, but will adapt and it will flow into me. I’d rather not question or mention the potential for abuse as such things exist with all tools. Rather, I’d like to play and experiment and explore to see where the tool can take me for some that may mean hitting the lottery or others it may mean spending years in relative obscurity.
For I believe the internet like nature runs on different laws than man. We can try to define them and control them, but they will shift and make a fool of us all. I will shift with them and never wonder why or how, but know it has changed.
Let me translate that for you: Let the internet be and you will find a way. Don’t try to be the trendiest because by the time you understand the trend enough to mimic it, the internet will have shifted. Be true to yourself and relent control and the internet will take care of you. Don’t be afraid of the unknown and especially don’t deny the unknown until its known because by then you will be too late and may have missed the adventure of the life time. Believe and it will be so!