At the Speed of Information: As the World Turns

On April 19th 1775, Paul Revere took to horseback to deliver the news fromBoston toConcord,MA that ‘The Regulars were coming’. It took a handful of hours to disseminate the information, over a population a few dozen miles apart. “the News” that would alter the outcome of the first battles of the revolutionary war.

Information dissemination has changed a lot since then and some of the most dramatic developments have occurred in the last few years. With the advent of the internet, the level of awareness would skyrocket with great benefits in access and education in phase one. But what is the end result, people don’t need to think about where thier information is going to coming from. Effort for the mind is lost when we can just ‘google’ it. Our children suffer for the lack of independant thought and critical thinking and the definition of society becomes splintered.  I could go on and on,.  Those that advocate open and free infomation may be missing the point that our psyches develop as a direct result of the stimuli around us and ability to develop strategies for interacting with it. Over stimulation can stifle higher levels of growth whether it be in nature, biology, or human thought. Like a good steaks, our best ideas as a culture need time to marinate. Our imaginations are the most powerful machines we have but they must be given time to develop.  So how do we as a society or planet, as it were, control the unintended consequences of the positive advances in technology? This is a question I cannot answer alone,.

It poses the conundrum, people know what they know and if our youth is plugged in 24/7 how do we reach them if we are not? How do we show them that an implied thought left to grow in thier minds is much more powerful the full monty of visual imagery splashed today across our tablets, ipods, and movie screens. 

Modern Philospohy is a real conversation between 2 or more people where listening is the focus and the outcome remains uncertain.


About gatsbygreenlight

I am an natural economist, artist, musician, songwriter and a supporter of the planet and sustainable living. I am the author of Annalee and the Forever Smile, a Harry Potter of Sustainability and Little House on the Prairie for this generation. Annalee is a multi-novel, multi-film franchise in the YA sci-fi fantasy genre. I am a musician and songwriter with Gatsby's Green Light and as a soloist and have released over 10 albums. More info at I promote tangible trillion dollar markets in Sustainability at Promoting Love, Compassion and Intelligence.

Posted on April 18, 2011, in Artist Communities, General Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Sustainability and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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