Hedonistic Nihilism and its philosophical roots behind the Self-surveillance.
I am 30 years old, and have had access to the internet since I was 8 years old or so, I have lived the Y2K, and enjoyed as teenager the 1999’s — 2000’s outerspace aesthetics, also I still remember the last part of the 80’s, when pictures where merely produced by analog systems of photography. I consider myself a child of my age. I learned quickly the art of the selfie in my early twenties and I cannot help myself with my weird relationship with social media, nor understand it. Some friends or colleagues could consider I do exaggerate when it comes about self promotion. But my personal truth is, I find some relation between the empty hedonism that lies behind the obsessive Self-surveillance, -natural and obsessive symptoms of my age and generation and to me, connected with processes that are similar among humans and races since the time of caves and stone ages. Nowadays, more images are produced in one single day, than all those produced in the 19th and 20th century together. (op cit Susan Sontag? 1975?) those numbers have already surpassed this impressive comparison.
The question now is which way this acceleration is going, and how the surpassing of the pace of technologies affects the development of the self and its evolutive differences in every generation.
A person born in the 1900’s barely had chances of having portraits and representations of themselves, nevertheless when they did, paintings and photographies were taken as something serious and properly shot, compared with the 40 selfies we could take nowadays with friends in two minutes - uploaded in real time with chances to be spread and stored in the WorldWideWeb database. Computers, smartphones and memory cards have become extensions of our own memory, hardware containing backups of different stages of our life, bionic memories, external and portable. The chances are boundless, from genetics to physics, everyday discoveries and experiments prove themselves to be leading us closer to different levels and realms till now just possible in Sci-Fi productions.
Robot citizenship, self driven cars, automatized buildings and homes, are realities for 1st world countries today and even so, different technologies of the digital era are found in the most hidden corners of the globe.
A global culture develops itself caring every time lesser about obsolete judges, moralities and taboos. I have no big discoveries. But I do have big questions…How is all this flux of information affecting the evolution of the morphology of our actual brains and bodies? In which way does it affect or transform the ontological and epistemological questions, natural of our first experiences in our first childhood? And how will it affect the development of global social processes and systems?
Information and communication is nowadays more democratic than ever in the written and known history. Still, from the most developed countries to the least, there are the same injustices, badly paid jobs normally described as modern slavery. Even after people finish to work they seem to keep working for the system but this time in the role of costumers to keep their work working.
On one hand, development is inevitable and brilliant. Mesmerizing. On the other, the sophisticated path seems completely stupid too. We are getting rid of old fears and responsibilities through technology — but technology is starting to develop its own intuition too. The game acquires new dimensions and questions. Truth is shaped by polymorphic holograms that are the same exact point in the universe. Having chances of meeting living truths in opposite extremes, standing in the same fixed point. Where according to the viewer, perception and context, different nuances are revealed.
There’s not much left in this story, we are so little, we are so fragile and so stupid. We have never reached perfection nor we will. Cause human nature seeks for the better. As the cell seeks for survival. Aware and awake to our environment. The future is always interrogative.
For some the greatest challenge of humanity is the capacity to populate other planets. For others saving and recovering Earth is the greatest quest. There are also those for whom the self exploration in the experience of the multitude becomes the challenge. Micro-universes emerge every second while macro-economies extend and exclude.
I still believe, our chances are greater if we just keep the flow of the questions in the youngsters — in confrontation with both nature and urbe; fulfillment and emptiness; togetherness and solitude, metallic feelings and warm flesh.