Circuitous Paths
Stephen C. Rose

The Web May Well Be The Answer- Which Is Why It Is Under Threat

I sense that of all short messages that get sent out, a tweet is as likely as any to gain currency. So the first reason remains this hope that Twitter can over time generate influence in the direction of re-imagining the planet. -Stephen C. Rose

Too often, we make the mistake of thinking that the significance of history is in the larger-than-life events and the disruptions; while that is certainly true, I think that it causes us to miss the geological changes occurring underneath all of that and the way in which we as individuals, communities, and societies evolve over time. There is a great deal of truth in the starrt-up philosophy of failing fast and iterating rapidly to reach a “meta-stable” condition of growth…

If such evolution occurs at all, it stands to reason that technologies that increase the rate at which we can iterate through thoughts also increase the rate of that evolution, thus causing more rapid change and, potentially, more rapid adaptation to external and internal conditions. If this is true, then it may well be that there is a degree of enlightenment (in both a philosophical and a Buddhist sense) that comes from our authentic engagement with each other in the social Web. I agree that Twitter (and Medium, as well) can serve as the medium, no pun intended, for such a process.

However, I also think that is the reason why there are forces still at work and in effect from multiple avenues and aspects, that are putting pressure on the Web to become less of a forum and more of a mouthpiece, that seek to regain some of the control lost in the media transition to Web 2.0… I believe that such efforts will eventually fail, but I consider it far from certain that the Web that we know will survive the process. I imagine that will depend on whether we rally before things come to a head, or after.

Even in the absence of such actions, the nature of the increasing numbers of individuals engaging on the Web makes it more challenging to achieve a strong enough “signal to noise ratio” to get above the noise, smoke, and chaos!

We have the power to change the game, but only if we cease delegating our power and responsibility to governments and corporations and take our place as participants collectively defining, imagining, and creating the world that we want and need…

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