A Sunday Morning Rambling by Snow
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Observing the mindset and culture of generations is telling about where things are headed.
So let's look at something in a rather non-traditional way:
I believe that rising technology has a direct effect on depreciating the influence of religion in society. The more information that becomes accessible, the more people feel comfortable defining things within their own parameters. Basically, it creates less need for a base organization eliciting how to properly live. Today, we have an amazing tool that allows us to share, communicate, observe, hypothesize, and formulate an opinion and overall moral code.
Now in addition to this and in the same respect, I think the entertainment industry, that in my opinion peaked in the 90s, is our non-traditional monarchy. It defines the top echelons of society from the aesthetic standpoint and guides style and attitude.
Considering these two rather important factors that have helped define things since around the mid-50s (religion and the entertainment industry), the internet has honestly taken away their pull. More and more influence is coming from an open-source and taking the influence away from things like Hollywood, DC, cable, and religion. This is a big reason why people who shouldn't be celebrities become celebrities and people who shouldn't be politicians are politicians. The internal structures got used to propping people up rather than a population.
In a nutshell: the internet is obviously the global plaza/square and the powers that arise from it will replace certain things moving forward in society.
What I don't think people realize much is that when the generation that grew up during the transition from pre to post information age comes to their 40s and 50s, that is when we will look back and say, holy f*ck, look at the way we lived.
I'm basically trying to scale down the exponential effects of technology as relatable as possible. I think by around 2025, certain things that many here would never believe to happen will be reality.
One big one is that we are moving towards becoming a non-religious society (important: not atheist, just void of the concept of religion...it's a replaceable societal concept), the other is that the entertainment industry will be redefined and not hollywood based.
Now I don't have the foresight to say what will replace certain things, but bottom line is that they will be replaced. When influence is depreciated, something more in line and common amongst a population rises to power. We are the hazy middle-ground where we see the influence fading away but haven't found the new entities that will be our guide when it comes to having a code to live by. You get random sputters of nimrods rising to political prominence, sputters of uninspired protesting, real protesting, an overall clusterf*ck of a directionless society which we are in.
At first, the internet was a tool like a telephone or tv...it then became a clusterf*ck (and still is) and now the more refined it gets, the more it becomes the essential shaper of our whole society's construct.
There's my paper for the morning.