It’s as if, having grown up on a fully networked Earth, Gen Z has bypassed counterculture, finding it futile in the face of a hegemonic system that more clearly resembles a Hydra than the monolithic forces that legacy counterculture was rebelling against.
Jodi Dean, a political philosopher, introduced the term “communicative capitalism” to describe a situation where telecom networks make every message equally valuable and equally worthless. When only connections matter, as Dean argues is the case in an online landscape where tweets and Facebook “likes” are the most powerful currency, signification becomes impossible.
– Brian Droitcour, Young Incorporated Artists
The untrained linear communicator is generally very slow at communication, having to have things repeated over and over, except from the occassional individual who understands them. They have a process for everything, and function well with others who can follow that process, and NOT well with most of the rest.
The trained linear communicator pays attention to the sentence structure and the specific order of the words, picking up the nuances of communication produced by the technical details of a developing context, one word at a time. Generally, all trained linear communicators communicate well amongst themselves and can accomplish a great deal in technical areas where there is a greater need to avoid miscommunication.
The untrained non-linear communicator generally reacts to pictures that spontaneously form in their minds in response to specific words or phrases they hear. So long as each party to the communication previously adopted the same subconscious bias these individuals can get along quite well together. However, most others have a hard time communicating with them. This type communicator tends to stick to specific groups that they communicate well with due to their perceived "common interests" (or, more directly: common subconscious bias).
The trained non-linear communicator has a vast understanding of the various mind sets of the people he/she communicates with, picking up on the subconscious programming of each group, and expertly navigating the necessary word groupings to facilitate communication with any group.
Additionally, the elite non-linear communicator has gone through the trouble of developing expert level linear communication skills and converting them to a non-linear mode. All mental linear skills can be emulated by the non-linear mind by people who know how to reprogram their subconscious.
Both the linear and non-linear communicator are susceptible to subconscious bias, with differing results. And the reader/listener with subconscious bias automatically associates a meaning nuance with the speaker/writer's words that were unintended. They don't choose to do this, it is automatic. Both methods of communication have this same limitation. The trick to resolve it is to review the words leading up to the contradiction, asking the other person what these words meant to them.
Linear communication also has it's limits because context has a zoom level that requires assumption. Many things we call "facts" actually consist of a tree of data, where the trunk of the tree is the biggest generalization to describe the fact, and as you go up through the branches you find more detailed levels consisting of combinations of generalizations that more accurately describe the fact. In some cases linear communication may seem to take forever to describe each leaf of the tree in order perfectly describe the fact. To compensate for this the writer/speaker must make assumptions as to the level of detail necessary to the listener/reader, or carefully work that into the developing context, and/or the prerequisites to the writing.
In contrast, a non-linear communicator will use a picture to get the point across. Each method has its pros and cons.
"The democracy which the white world seeks to defend DOES NOT EXIST."
-W. E. B. Du Bois