You see, thrusting a low cognitive threshold upon the masses, like a black object under the sun through a looking glass, catches fire very easily. In a society like ours, restrained from the traditional Chinese subservient nature while clouded by ‘superior’ western capitalism, it is hard to be yourself. We think more of what we want. And we want what others are having. We seek our own identity by engulfing ourselves in ways of validation. And that, the democratised influence, is receding.
On one hand the newly found freedom puts individuals into a vast pool of choices which results in the incapability to make personal decisions in the fear of abridged knowledge. Simultaneously, the instant and painless access to misinformation subscribing to the indifference of quality, temperament and integrity causes a revolting change of social norm. As such, Marshall McLuhan’s perspective on the electric information environment is awkwardly fitting to today’s world of social media – Too many people know too much of each other. […] We have become irrevocably involved with, and responsible for, each other.
For a generation with acclaimed education and liberty, engaging in this same collective sentiment as decades ago for the numbing comfort from reactive participation of ethnic, social and political issues, is tarnishing the far-fetched hope our predecessors had dreamed. Of course, we are unified by choice nowadays. We trade heroes for ghost. We exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage. As much as I hate to say this, we are rather predictable, don’t you think?
Then what about the space between the two ends of the spectrum, from blind acceptance to downright antagonists? It is somewhat labeled as malevolent, egotistic or immature. Oh you can’t live like this for long. It’s an interdependent society. Or the reality will beat you up hard. Perhaps those with self awareness are not allowed to live in this world.
But I, for one, care the least about that.