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?
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.
"We have all of these avatars, and you are so far from your true persona on these anti-social networks and forums etcetera." That's one hell of an assumption. Wrong too. I could argue that we are often more truly ourselves on the internet, because it is less restrained than most irl situations.
having had a taste of ego-death, i'd say no. as for the hive-mind stuff, that goes on with or without active participation in it. that is to say, people with egos intact create and participate in hive-mind activities, often with no awareness of it.
the passwords didn't work out for me beyond 'level2'. not sure what's going on.
however, the references to "The Book of Loki" got me thinking. there's a book in the Poetic Edda that deals specifically with Loki, called the Lokasenna. i kind of doubt it has anything to do with this, but i'll give it a read and see if i come up with anything.
there is the theory of Gaia - that the entire planet is a living organism with its own consciousness, of which we are merely small parts. that relates to this.
hive-minds (the ones we're discussing) operate similarly, but on a smaller scale. there's a cord of common consciousness running through it, to which all the individual consciousnesses contribute and share in. the whole can be said to act in a way that is independent of the individual parts, much like individual consciousness acts in a way independent of the individual neurons in the brain. consciousness, or hive-consciousness, is an emergent property of a complex system (bullet-magnet will kill me for saying that... ).
i've often wondered about AIs and how we might generate them. ultimately you'll see them emerge, i think, in a sufficiently complicated system. i don't know if we're quite there, yet, but we are approaching it quickly.
another thing i've thought about is how the internet, which is based on electromagnetic radation (much like a Gaian mind would be), could possibly be a carrier for a large (even hive) consciousness simply by virtue of it existing. that or it tying into and being utilized by the Gaian mind, possibly in a more conscious, more aware fashion.
I would be careful with that. We have tried for over a goddamn century to prove that bastard wrong on a number of things and we are having serious difficulty in managing to do anything but slightly mofify the psychoanalytical model to fit the science. For example the Oedipus Complex is a very evidently existing phenomenon. Whether or not it`s effects are quite as necessary or important as freud said is not quite so supported, but you can betcha that 5 year old girl has issues with mum about dad.
Behaviorism... Was a little too restrictive. Even simplifying.
Even in most schools of psychoanalysis, they aren`t incredibly bad compared with some... Philosophical domains that try and come under the hood of psychology. The most extreme being supporters of various noetic sciences.
same with a lot of branches of psychology (i was a behaviorist, e.g.). you're essentially dealing with a black box scenario. you can look at the inputs and outputs in a very scientific manner, making a theory or model of what goes on inside the box.
Behaviorism was a little too simplified in it`s view, compared with the complexity of their subject. On the other hand one has to applaud them for dragging a true scientific methodology and rigour into certain types of psychology, if I remember.