technology & social media is just change that we can either waste energy by fighting it or use that same energy to create a personal relationship with it so we can use it a positive way to create genuine influences.
it may take time, but it really does begin with being present with yourself and starting with more conscious decisions.
What is your relationship with platform algorithms?
For me, it's about balancing the algorithms on my device with what I think of as the universe's algorithm.
It’s useful to be embedded (and sometimes at the whims of) algorithms. In a sense, being at the mercy of algorithms connect us. We should remember to make space to reflect on how they affect us and how we want to best interact with them.
It’s related to this tweet I made recently: “the physical world is so nourishing. and i love how the virtual world, in balance, can help me appreciate the physical world in new ways”
I like to pay attention to language of everything technological. We use the word “ping” to mean some kind of incoming notification from a friend or app. But I’ve been thinking about what it means to get a “ping from the universe,” and how that's a helpful metaphor for the whisper of intuition. Having that name is really helpful. Because when I get a good idea, I think to myself, “Oh, I know what that is. That's a ping from the universe.” And I can note it down.
“In our current technological moment, what’s happening is as we merge with our screens, and spend an enormous amount of time staring into our screens and doing things with them, we’re encountering a sort of machine culture that is by its very nature sorting-based. A huge amount of our cultural activity now is sorting things — do I like this or not like this? Do I follow this person or not follow this person? Is this person like me or not like me? And if I identify a meaningful aspect of their identity which is not like me, the person is fundamentally in some way opposed to me and in conflict with me.”
“When we talk about going from sorting to prediction, we tend to imagine that predicting is an observational activity. In other words, that technology is allowing us to see where we might go as individuals. But I think that prediction is actually much more perniciously a behavior-modification activity….In other words, if we want to be able to predict people, partly we need to be able to model what they do, but partly we would want them to be predictable…If you [leave] somebody with a sorting mechanism, if you give them information that plays upon humans’ innate sense of prioritizing information about threats — economic threats, racial threats — what happens is not that the way we were going to behave remains unchanged. The way we are going to behave also changes — in predictable ways.”
— Mohsin Hamid on The Ezra Klein Show
This feels so magical to me; being able to create technology that evokes and recalls, creating spaces for reflection and a chance to reincorporate rather than gogogogopleasefocusonme all the time.
To embrace Confucian ritual is to treat all contexts the way I treat my classroom, as sacred spaces with their own rhythms and patterns. Driving a car is not a time to check my phone. Likewise for talking with my daughter and for hiking. As soon as I began treating those contexts with the reverence they deserved – as soon as I submitted to ritual – resisting the pull of my phone became effortless.
digital mindfulness exercise
listen to the way you feel in your body while using the internet.
how each website either makes you expand or contract.