I'm speaking at this conference at Bard full of philosophers, Hannah Arendt experts, and very smart people. And then there will be me. I am still not sure what the word ontological means. I'm going to use that as an asset and intimacy the place up.
The geeks are been afraid of people and built the web.
The social people have been afraid of technology but now have to use it.
The geeks built the web for information *and* to connect w each other.
The web has passed the social tipping point. The relational will pass pure info as a mode of understanding.
The industrial era included the creation of psychoanalysis, the novel, self-consciousness.
We are now entering a new era of social-consciousness: awareness of the (already, always existing) social /relational element to all we do BECAUSE WE HAVE DATA + FEEDBACK SHOWING US ALL THE TIME. WE ALL EXIST IN DATA ALL THE TIME.
The geek dream was to have all the data all the time. To exist in information.
But why? to connect. Information is a tool for understanding and also the safe space for geeks to connect.
The industrial era turned everything into a product and people into objects.
The info era turned everything into a service and even business relational.
It will help us return to our relational selves.
People may say it's isolating us, we spend less time with each other, more time alone w a screen:
1) being in front of a screen snit' necessarily being alone
2) being with others isn't necessarily being together
3) to be together now, in person, is much more of a choice
For an incredibly long time public power has been about the rational, white, men, the controllers of technology and information.
The social web is the tipping point of when the "private" entered public and the skills of the previously "feminine" world become publicly necessary.
Authority was vested in position. In status. In the ability to do things AT and TO people.
When everyone has tools and information. And physical needs are met (the West) then what remains (in awareness) is the social / relational driver.
People created business and technology to serve their needs. Then often they repressed their own human-ness in order to serve the goals of biz and tech which we've come to trust as more "inevitable" than our internal needs.
In village life people lived communally. They had to repress their individual personalities and differences (inc. ethnic, religious, etc) in order to socially connect. GROUP The industrial era urbanized. People could be different in their own ghetto (Harlem, Glazer/Jews: 5:00 Shadow, gays, the nerd table etc)-early web organized like this too: special interest group because organized by Keyword. SELF (difference)
The social tipping point puts us in a new stage. Info economy. Socially: *networked village* exists in urban *and* rural places. We have to learn how to be >different together<. How to create space for that. THIS IS THE MAJOR CHALLENGE OF OUR TIME. We need new public space, new lessons, new skills.
WITH tells this story but also gives some insights into How to be social in this *new networked way* How to create space in which we can be different together. We need to build tools and biz with this awareness. (lots of biz reasons why too-loss of traditional marketing, the social OS. need for authenticity to have trust to navigate etc)
A healthy relational state is one in which people and things act WITH each other.
WITH demands self-agency. You have to choose the other person(s) or acts. If you cannot really see other people then you are not really WITH them. You may be next to them. Or doing things TO them. Most of our isms come from people not seeing each other.