Will utopian connectivity promised by social networks today prove the same broken promise of utopian awareness promised by drugs in the 60s?
Similarly: will excessive SNing - FB, Twitter, etc. - prove in retrospect as damaging as excessive drug use?
Haven’t we all heard about fabled LSD Dude who tripped nonstop for three days and never recovered?
Fact: I knew LSD Dude. Only he was Ecstasy Dude. And three days was really three months. One long summer …
Fact: I knew Ecstasy Dude before AND after. Before: quick, bright, reflective. After: couldn’t put an idea together let alone two sentences.
Sad Fact: He didn’t know he had stopped connecting.
Sadder Fact: He couldn’t remember the who he was by how he thought before he submitted himself to synaptic chemical demolition.
Saddest Fact: Now and then he suspects himself capable of a clarity he robbed himself of.
Ecstasy Dude Quote: “I had this nightmare I needed glasses but none of the glasses I tried worked. Isn’t that weird? I don’t need glasses.”
Question: How much of SN circuity is just another example of pleasure-center short circuitry posing as progress?
Question: Is there now a fabled SN dude who tripped on FB for three months straight and still hasn’t recovered?"