Destiny: Remembered or Refrigerated?

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In the annals of history will people remember us for all of our social updates and conversations?

I wonder if we’re just blowing bubbles into the ether.

After all, we need algorithms and formulas now to sift through the immense amounts of social data we create. If the proliferation of social data necessitates Big Data mining to make sense of it all, how can we possibly remember the average social citizen, much less the A-Listers?

This thought terrifies me.

We’re not even ghosts in the machine, just 1s and 0s sifted through for pattern recognition.

A Kafkaesque conundrum ensues.

We update for likes, comments, links and other attention-based accolades, all meandering towards some vague purpose. None of this achieves clear validation. Nor can we find a clear path towards that unknown and desperately sought-for destination of human longing satisfied.

Yet, the social web communications crowd leads the charge! We whip each other into a frenzy over the proper time invested, the correct content frequency, the necessary comment, and the value of a like/plus/heart.

For what?

Certainly some new and better relationships. Perhaps the altruistic idea exchange. Others continue the pursuit of attention and validation. Some of us profit. And that’s about it.

What will be our historical legacy?

Sociologically, I suspect we will be remembered as the noisiest generation. Wild and unchannelled in our use of suddenly freeing (and also limiting) media, we have created the most chaotic game of 52-card pick-up the world has seen.

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The mess in our minds now lives publicly in server bays mined for intelligence.

And the noise itself? Most of of our social media investments will be forgotten, sitting until the end of time on a refrigerated motherboard.

What do you think? How will we be remembered?

7 Replies to “Destiny: Remembered or Refrigerated?”

  1. I agree (and a little disturbed) by the haunting notion of 1s and 0s. I think on a micro level, family storytelling will persist and allow for us to be remembered after we’re gone. I think we’re hard-wired (heh) for this as humans. As for the data to mined by future generations, that’s an interesting question. History tell us that we have looked back at our existence in attempts to determine from where we came. I suspect that would continue. In fact, the data might make us that much easier to research.

    …Or the computers, machines, and robots will eventually become self-aware and determine humans are no longer necessary. 

    1.  There is a dystopian element to this that’s a bit depressing.  We surrender more and more to machines with each passing century and that’s just the way it’s supposed to be I guess. Of course, that is a recipe for disenfranchisement and this loss of self touched on here.  Good comment, Richie. Thank you.!

  2. Much of what we do day-to-day on Twitter and FB is most important for forging relationships and insights in the here-and-now. The legacy of it is in what we create as a result of those relationships and insights.

    1.  Legacy then may not be the actual chatter. It may not even be tied to the social media themselves, rather the larger result of what two or more people accomplished.

  3. I see what you’re saying Geoff, but think about how many of those conversations blur or otherwise eradicate borders!

    Our parents’ view of the world was based on that of their parents, neighbors, and local media. Look how ours is now the product of near real time conversations on almost any subject – directly – with people from all over the planet. I think that’s pretty incredible.

    Hopefully, this will all be remembered not for the social media snake oil salesmen, but for the way we began to see ourselves as un-national, global citizens.

    At least, that’s what I’m after. :)

  4. Found this a thought-provoking post. You are correct about this generation being the noisiest what with all the technology and gadgetry at its disposable. Perhaps we can make something of that “noise” to benefit others and thus leave a good legacy.

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