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when i look at things on the internet now, it's hard for me to tell where they are from.

In other words, usually things are presented without context.

i look at any given piece of content, say, on youtube. maybe its a meme.

theres a song in the video. there are various people, images, etc.

I have no idea if this is original material, if its remixed, etc. At some point, you can't know.

The meme has become so abstracted from it's original form, that the only possible way to know what the original source is by scrubbing thru the comment section, hoping the internet collective conscious has the answer.

On tik tok, it seems like it doesn't care who made the song. usually it's not even apparent. the song itself has been commodified to serve one purpose.

it's these layers of abstraction.

its only going to increase, right?

the source material no longer matters, but its how it changes thru time. there will be no history books on memes, because each mean would require a history book.

Where is the meme version tracker? the github for memes?

humans can only hold a finite amount of information in their heads, let alone the original sources and context of any given piece of information

Forgot

honestly i forgot the purpose of this was. It's a training dataset for my writing and personality. I need to feed it much more if it's going to make any sense at all.

Growth

what is this idea of infinite growth? infinite profits? infinite popularity? what happens when you achieve that?

"they" say that you never make it.

ok.

Quantum

Are quantum computers basically just really advanced frequency analyzers?

Like each qbit represents a single sine wave that you tune to create the correct harmonics with whatever you're trying to find?

Change

How will this change us? Psychologically? How we view our fellow humans on a daily basis? Will we whittle our basic interactions down to lessen our contact and exposure?

Will we unconsciously keep a distance of 6 feet from each other even though the likely hold of that doing anything is small?

The fallout from this is way worse on a psychological level than a physical level. In my humble opinion.

I feel like there is an imaginary force field around me, everyone looking at each other with cautious eyes, in self defense mode. If you are not in their forcefield, you are a potential enemy.

Of course, this could all be very wrong.

Control

It overwhelms me everyday when I realize how tremendously out of control we are.

And out of touch.

When I say we, I’m generalizing. The average western human?

We don’t have enough brain space to imagine or care about the systems controlling our every move.

People are just trying to survive, and don’t typically care about where their “data is being hosted” or “why the YouTube algorithm is showing me this video”

Have we given up? Is it too large for us to comprehend? Why is the internet in the hands of a few large companies when it can and should be in the hands of everyone?

Plugins

Ok. How do you tell the difference between a style and a format?

Let me try and define the terms.

I believe “style” is fleeting, it could be a trend, momentary.

A “format” is something lasting, it is a pillar, foundational.

Now we could also relate other terms.

“Platform” vs “plugin” perhaps

A platform is something you stand on. It supports you and you can further launch things off of it.

You cannon stand on a “plug-in”, for it is small and specialized. It probably doesn’t have a lid bearing structure.

How do you know if your idea is a platform or a plugin?

What happens when you try to force a plug-in to be a platform?

To me, I see the internet itself as a platform.
It is immense, vast and w i d e.

It is easy to be built upon.

I see things like Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, Netflix, these are all plugins. To me.

And yet, they masquerade as platforms.

Or should I say marketplace?

I’m not sure. But at the end of the day, they are all dealers of information. What makes one better than the other?

Well how much information do you have? How is it categorized? Labeled? Sorted? How much information do you have on the people that use this information? How can I use your information to make money?

What is the cost of transferring information? The true cost?

As Gene Kan said at the Napster hearing, “ the internet is a...

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“The internet is the holy grail of distribution channels. It is a zero marginal cost distribution channel.”

It costs the same amount to distribute one copy of intellectual property, than it does 10 copies, or a million copies.

That being said, why should all the media in the world be siloed onto these ‘platforms’. I can’t call them platforms, the more I think about it the more they just appear to be marketplaces.

I propose an internet wide fabric that holds all the videos and songs created, hosted thru IPFS. You can design your own algorithm to find things instead of being told to consume from the black box.

But isn’t this already a thing? Isn’t that what P2P is?

If something can not be artificial manipulated than it is a problem.

I’m not sure where I’m going with this but.

When I produce music, I use a DAW. It’s a big complex program that can do many things.

If I want to make a special sound, I can use plugins.

For instance, this one plug-in I like is called SynPlant. Now I can make many sounds with this plug-in, But it has a very stylized interface, a specific sound aesthetic, and odd controls.

Now what If I tried to make SynPlant the next revolutionary music platform? Would it work? Maybe... but for how long?

Care

ive said it before. well i say it to myself almost everyday. perhaps as an affirmation. im not sure.

it is hard for me to take anything seriously.

I blame the internet. I blame postmodernism? i dont even know what postmodernism is. does anyone?

the world is absurd, so therefore, why try and make anything serious. what is the point? it will just loose all context anyways.

you put something out into the world, and it is stripped of all context.

not a bad thing, however!

its just like. maybe 1% of people will understand the context.

And by context, i mean your perspective. your worldview. your opinions. everything you put into this art piece, frozen in time.

noone else will ever understand it. unless, maybe they are your lover. or close family member, or best friend perhaps.

I'll wrap this up by saying:

I care about so much, that I care about nothing.

can i say that better?

more romantically perhaps.

this is meant to be stream of consciousness, so trying best not to go back and delete any words that have been written.

i care a

i care about everything, therefore i care about nothing

i dont know.

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