We Die. This was an interesting choice for the beginning. I find it funny that many of my fellow classmates had a hard time getting over that statement. Julia saw this statement as "a little bit of a cheap shot to grab people by manipulating them emotionally..." I didn't read a single blog that commented on the fact that he ended the chapter with "we live." Amusingly enough, this captures the point that Christopher Locke, one of the authors of The Cluetrain Manefesto made within the first several paragraphs. Many people today focus on the fact that "we die." They spend lifetimes looking for the answers on how to live. Just live. I was born and raised to believe that someday I would be sitting at a desk from nine to five. "Desk jobs pay well." I'm beginning to realize that I live in a society that is gradually changing. Wait, it's not though. It's not gradual. It's truckin'.
Many things that Locke says about corporations, I did not know. I knew of intranets. 4 years of business classes took care of that. But I didn't realize that this was threatening corporations. I didn't realize the power of the Internet. All I knew was that I spent most of my time on it and if I wanted to know something that my school didn't feel like teaching me, I could find it there. As a society, we have created something remarkable. We've created the all knowing. We look back at the Egyptians, at the pyramids, and marvel. To think, centuries from now, we will be looked upon, and our internet, marveled.
Many of my classmates had some interesting blogs. Laura mentioned dreams in her entry. "We aren't dead, but asleep. In a sense, many people in the world spend most of there time dreaming of what they wish they had or wish they knew. Our dreams are where we try to build our knowledge so we may one day be able to wake up and understand..." Interestingly enough, I have been pondering the relationship between dreams and communication a lot lately. I've realized that communication brought death to the life that had no distinction between dreams and reality. A life without comparison, without society. Not a life of evolution and growth, but rather a life of contentment. Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote many essays on the topic of man's evolution into society. And as a society we chose not to be content. We chose to evolve. Yet, so many people today are striving to be "content." There is an abundant amount of focus on reality. My father, the cpa, always reminded me, "Dreams aren't real." A common thought in today’s society, but not one to live by. The Internet can provide endless amounts of communication. An abundant amount of knowledge and dreams. We create dreams, we can share em, we can mold em, and with em, we can create reality.
A point that Locke did not cover, is something that I have come to realize. The internet is beginning to create and maintain millions of "Know it all"s. These people have been around since the birth of easily obtained knowledge. They listen to what you say, only so they can spit out something that they read in a magazine, saw on a commercial, or in this case, saw on a website. Most of the time, they do not know everything about that topic, just small bits that they piece together. This creates generalizations and lack of credibility. Dinison Memorial Library has a website about evaluating the information found on the web. Not to say that this "creation of Know it Alls" is a major negative of the internet, I just wish those people didn't exist. The internet is a source for so much great information, but it is also full of the crap that those people like to spit out. I've found that if you use th internet long enough, you begin to become familiar with credible sources for information that you can go back to regularly.
Finally, I feel like testing out Locke's theories, so I am asking, please help me. Comment on this blog about your thoughts on anything that I have said, feel free to send me links on relative or even just random information, thanx.