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Simulacrum - the internet - ego death

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TheotherLoneGunman Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Photographer
Is it possible to experience ego death on the internet?

We have all of these avatars, and you are so far from your true persona on these anti-social networks and forums etcetera. There is all these second life virtual reality type things.

I have been spending some time in this place called X radio:
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And people there keep switching their avatars and sometimes its almost as if you realise that you are just part of a hive mind. A kind of ego death play, play within the play. Does that make sense?

It's similar to the Anonymous movement I suppose.

Are we moving towards a total ego death, like the technological singularity or something?
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Arcolm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Ummm i have to dissagree with the whole "its sort of like the anon movement" sence its evolved into a more politcal stance than anything else. Sure it had its roots in online culture on 4chan. But what about LULz sec or some of the other "trollish" subcultures?

If anything people use the intenet to escape from the world to an extent. And sometimes blow off steam(witch i'm not to fond of haters doing it somtimes) or just find a common ground to talk about like i'm doing now for you. Mind blowing isn't it? :rofl:
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TheotherLoneGunman Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Photographer
fair enough
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alzebetha Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Also, statistics show that people tending towards many RL friends tend towards having many VL friends, and vice versa, though there may be some changed interactions the medium does not define the actor, its other actors that define them.

Interesting you mention Anonymous, because if anything, anonymous agents acting with others anonymously could go into that direction.

oh and I figure someone already stated my answer more or less, but I like having a non dumb question unrelated to religion for a change.
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TheotherLoneGunman Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Photographer
Well put.
It's not like a hive mind will just be born over night. But the internet is undoubtedly one rung up the ladder.
Ultimately it will be humans decision to participate or not.
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alzebetha Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Humans aren't set up to be hive minded. you can tell by all the arguing going on everywhere on the internet.
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TheotherLoneGunman Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Photographer
They are more likely to be parasites in some form of higher consciousness..
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alzebetha Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
You've watched too much sci fi.
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TheotherLoneGunman Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Photographer
Im not sayin' it was aliens.... But ....
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TheotherLoneGunman Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Photographer
..it was aliens
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TheotherLoneGunman Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Photographer
Or has sci-fi watched too much us?
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