Bill gates once said ‘The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow’, and to some extent I agree. We shop online, work online from home, communicate, socialise, share the smallest of details with our Facebook friends (don’t get me started!) and generally live large portions of our lives through the interface of a browser window.
Yet there is a darker side…..
Human beings are natural storytellers, and unreliable witnesses. Write a detailed diary and then look back a few years and you’ll be shocked at how your memory differs from what you wrote. In reality we are born to tell stories and the bigger the better. From the boy in the schoolyard who’ll claim his dad is superman, to the online blogger who claims to have written White Christmas, we all want to tell stories, to garner attention, and to create our own mythologies.
This is where the internet scares me in this ‘strange new world’. The anonymity provided allows the growth of conspiracy, an uncensored mouthpiece, and when placed correctly an audience ready to believe. Look at David Icke, sit and listen and his vaguely Marxist version of history makes great sense (Did I really just type that!), and then ‘Here come the Lizards’…….
And he still despite this has been able to establish himself as an internet cult hero, selling books by the truckload and filling halls with audiences prepared to listen for hours on end.
As humans we are in a crumbling world where truth is no longer absolute and we create our own frameworks and mythologies to exist in, we are well and truly inside Harvey Cox’s Secular City, and its not a healthy place to live…..