Truth and context in digital society

Matt Morgan
Mar 23, 2014


We are formless. We are the very discipline and morality that Americans invoke so often.
How can anyone hope to eliminate us? As long as this nation exists, so will we. Don't you know that our plans have your interests - not ours - in mind?
The mapping of the human genome was completed early this century. As a result, the evolutionary log of the human race lay open to us. We started with genetic engineering, and in the end we succeeded in digitizing life itself. But, there are things not covered by genetic information.
Human memories, ideas. Culture. History. Genes don't contain any record of human history. Is it something that should not be passed on? Should that information be left at the mercy of nature? We've always kept records of our lives. Through words, pictures, symbols. From tablets to books. But not all the information was inherited by later generations. A small percentage of the whole was selected and processed, then passed on. Not unlike genes, really.
But in the current, digitized world, trivial information is accumulating every second - preserved in all its triteness.
Never fading, always accessible. Rumors about petty issues, misinterpretations, slander...all this junk data preserved in an unfiltered state, growing at an alarming rate. It will only slow down social progress, reduce the rate of evolution. You seem to think that our plan is one of censorship. What we propose to do is not to control content, but to create context.
The digital society furthers human flaws and selectively rewards development of convenient half-truths. Just look at the strange juxtapositions of morality around you: Billions spent on new weapons in order to humanely murder other humans, rights of criminals are given more respect than the privacy of their victims, although there are people suffering in poverty huge donations are made to protect endangered species.
Everyone grows up being told the same thing.
"Be nice to other people...but beat the competition!"
"You're special."
"Believe in yourself and you will succeed."
But it's obvious from the start that only a few can succeed...
You exercise your right to "freedom" and this is the result. All rhetoric to avoid conflict and protect each other from hurt. The untested truths spun by different interests to churn and accumulate in the sandbox of political correctness and value systems. Everyone withdraws into their own small gated community, afraid of a larger forum. They stay inside their little ponds leaking whatever "truths" suits them into the growing cesspool of society at large. The different cardinal truths neither clash nor mesh. No one is invalidated, but nobody is right.
Not even natural selection can take place here. The world is being engulfed in "truth".
We're trying to stop that from happening. It's our responsibility as rulers. Just as in genetics, unnecessary information and memory must be filtered out to stimulate the evolution of the species. Who else could wade through the sea of garbage you people produce, retrieve valuable truths, and even interpret their meaning for later generations?
That's what it means to create context.
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In truth, the text of the above was not written by me. It was taken from a video game. Specifically "Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty" published by Konami in 2001. The links were added to provide contemporary examples to the words that were uttered and draw you into the world it presents. To add humanity to notions which may have seemed...detached, if only a bit. I hope it was helpful to give you something to ponder or converse with others.
As you may have figured out through the context, this presentation was made not by a human but an Artificial Intelligence speaking to us, humans. Perhaps some points made you cringe? Did some make you nod your head? Did the words or hyperlinks you saw show an eerie aligning with the trends of our society at large? Or, even the smaller community here online at the Register?
For an excellent analysis of this conversation that offers truth and context combined (as well as the actual, played-out conversation which adds an even creepier layer to the dialog) please visit this YouTube page for parts one and two. Together they are about twenty minutes of your time, and time well spent for good, critical thinking.
Click Here for Anonymous
Click here for Part I of the most profound moment in gaming. Click here for Part II


Stop It

A good read, HZ. Thank you.

Have you ever used an add on to your browser called 'Stumble Upon'? I reckon you would enjoy as you are the one who sets the parameters to which you stumble upon. Many topics and moods. If you haven't already, give it a shot @ It leaves a very small imprint and has many up to date and outdated sites that pertain to which you have chosen.

Edit to add: I used it as source for reports of 'then' and 'now' in reports for my IT classes IF they had references. One can't just go off and use the Onion or The Urban Dictionary for references unless the instructor enjoys the creativity in said thesis. Better put a smile on said instructor and bring it to your OWN conclusion material. Humor goes a long way when used right.

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Thanks for the feedback and your readership! I have used StumbleUpon! Google's "I Feel Lucky" is good, too. I also find myself getting lost on Wikipedia chasing hyperlinks throughout stories.

Alternate sources of materials for reports are always fun. It is important to use context regarding the instructor, though! I remember for one of my classes at OU about power production and alternates someone cited the player's guide for a game called Final Fantasy VII. In that game, there was a power source called "mako" that was used as a parallel to other sources and their impacts.

"The game begins with Cloud Strife, working as a mercenary for hire, helping the eco terrorist group AVALANCHE in a raid against the Mako reactors surrounding the Shinra-governed city of Midgar. Barret, the group's leader, believes the Mako energy the reactors consume to be the planet's lifeblood, and Shinra's reactors are killing the planet."