“If I write all that makes me what I am, ME, then my blog, which I call a Construct, will theoretically reach one point where it’s a copy of me.”
I was chatting with Schoenheit a few days ago, and one thing leading to another, we ended up talking about the impact the Internet is having over human relationships, be it business, friendship, or love, and the (dis)likeable possibility to end up having all said relationships over the wire exclusively.
We talked about physicality, blogging… and I also gave Schoenheit a clear definition of my blog. Rather than summarizing the chat, we mutually I agreed it would be better to post the transcript of it. Here’s what has been said. No modifications were made to the text, apart from correcting minor typos and capitalizing to improve readability. I hope you enjoy the complimentary treat, and share your input. And now, without further ado…
Hiddenson: Now that Dorota is not around… I hardly eat properly, don’t sleep much, don’t shave… she better come back soon, or I’ll turn into an otaku
Schoenheit: What’s an otaku?
Hiddenson: It’s a japanese term for people who get so much involved with their passion (comps, consoles, geek tech) that they end up doing nothing else. They seclude themselves from all the rest. It’s a serious neurotic/social problem in Japan now. How someone can actually live virtually nowadays: the Net has everything… blogs, forums, IM, knowledge, data, games… you *could* live and work through it. Then, physical life is no longer necessary, except to sustain yourself and have a crap
Schoenheit: Ok, I read about that… They even IM their buddy who’s in the next room
Hiddenson: Yeah, stuff like that. I… admire that, in a way
Hiddenson: Not IM in the next room, but to detach oneself from physicality
Schoenheit: But why would one wanna do that? Humans aren’t meant to be detached. It’s not mentally and emotionally healthy
Hiddenson: Look at how much we’ve talked about, all these months, through this tiny window… Else we’d never have met!
Schoenheit: Yeah but we still have a life!
Hiddenson: Sure, but what is humanity? And what am I? I think I am a brain more than a muscle. So, if I can still express my brain out, I’m alive. Then, one day, this body will wither and die. But my mind… Open an encyclopedia, it’s alive. Go to a cemetary, it’s dead. This is perhaps the main reason why I blog. If I write all that makes me what I am, ME, then my blog, which I call a Construct, will theoretically reach one point where it’s a copy of me. Then, when I die, my grand grand kids could use the search box, enter a keyword, and have a reasonable idea of what I, Hector, thought about it. Does it make any sense to you?
Schoenheit: Yes, it does. But going back to the detachment bit… If we were really made to function more as a brain, we wouldn’t physically look the way we do. we could eventually evolve into something totally different, kinda like speciation
Hiddenson: Who cares what we physically look? That’s a beauty of the net… All kind of disabilities are suppressed through it. We talked to each other because of travel, not because you or I looked gorgeous, which we do, of course
Schoenheit: Hehehe. But humans thrive on physical contact, many newborn babies die if they are deprived of human contact
Hiddenson: Yes, but do babies die because of no contact, or no attention? tricky…
Schoenheit: I’m using contact as in interaction
Hiddenson: But we are interacting now!
Schoenheit: Physically, touch talking
Hiddenson: Bah… who cares
Hiddenson: I understand your point of view, but ultimately, we are evolving into my theory, not coming back to yours. Like it or not. I know it’s a difficult subject, and I’m not totally convinced of my own arguments… But, aside of what I think, we are evolving into this. The net allows much more interaction, AND simultaneous interaction, than you will ever have in real life. Example: I’ve just had a few words with FCP. This would be impossible IRL without interrupting each other, or dropping one subject completely
Schoenheit: I’m just saying that I don’t think it’s healthy to totally detach oneself from the rest of the world. Trust me, I’m a great advocate of the internet, I wouldn’t be spending so much time on it if I weren’t. But I did get a little depressed at one point because I stopped going out and meeting friends just because I’d gotten so hooked onto the net.
Hiddenson: I understand. I think we’re in agreement, in general. But you’d like to retain some physicality, whereas I think it will eventually be dropped, and I’m not too sad about it
Schoenheit: If that were to happen, it’d better be waaaay past my time. I NEED the physicality. I’d go nuts if I didn’t have it
Hiddenson: Hehehe. What you’re saying is that you need physical contact
Schoenheit: Meet people,talk face to face… Though i guess all that can be done via camera…
Hiddenson: Of course I enjoy cuddles and sex, but I’d go nuts without mental exercise first. I could live with someone in a wheelchair and have no sex, but I couldn’t live with a drop dead gorgeous bimbo with nothing interesting to say EVER
Schoenheit: true true… I’d feel the same
- Otaku, a definition
- William Gibson: Neuromancer, Monalisa Overdrive, Idoru
- Tad Williams: Otherland
- Douglas Coupland: Microserfs
- William Gibson Forums, where I posted a link to this post. Some of the discussion is going on here, and some there. Such is life
- whatis.com: real life vs virtual life