It’s as absorbing to watch, as it is exciting to come along. Media interaction, with astonishing speed and compelling persistence, is gathering up individuals, atomic crystals of interest, and structuring them into collective colony organisms that well up and subside, that swell with pride and watch while hiding, that probe the boundaries of influence and barriers of closely held beliefs. Stories of isolated individualism may still tug at our sleeve, but we need to search for broader validation and reach out to others for comfort and compassion. In the same way ants leave pheromone trails to guide each other here and there, and neural paths carry impulses through tissue systems allowing them to fulfill their purpose at arms length, people use media influence channels to find each other across more distant spaces and collapse time to stoic brevity in the process.
We are crocheting social galaxies tied with Twitter knots and organized into Facebook photo album reference libraries, YouTube diaries and WordPress dialogs. We are moving past ‘such as’ and exploring ‘what’s that?’. We are life in flux. Right before our eyes, some kind of high speed evolution is taking place. In early development as a life form, it’s on a quest for a genetic identity that fills our aspirations. It’s a social prototype experimenting with, and searching for new definitions of success. With one eye on the eminent consequences of our current tapped out environment and the other searching relentlessly for a viable tomorrow, people are throwing privacy to the wind. The uncertainty of chance is an alternative of choice, when the current path ends at the ragged cliff.