With all of us (well, some of us anyway) increasingly concerned with guarding our privacy, we may be forgetting that on the cosmic scale, there is
The first public radio broadcast was in 1910, and the first television broadcasts began in 1928. Since then our culture (mostly pop culture) has been
transmitted out into space for all would-be voyeurs to witness. Radio and television signals have been zooming at light-speed since the earliest
This thread isn’t so much about how we’re sending information ‘out there,’ nor about what technologies are being used to transmit and
receive—but how we’re representing ourselves to a larger community.
Instead, I’d like to ask who’s out there and what they would think of what they’re seeing. (Even if no one is out there, it’s a little
discouraging to think we’re filling the cosmos with what we do!) Obviously, we can’t answer that—but we can try to put ourselves in their shoes.
How would you judge the summary of human culture based on television and radio transmissions? Would you vomit and turn your ship around? Would you
want to send down scouts to investigate more closely?
We’ve broadcasted just about everything from factual wars, athletic rivalries, celebrity worship, pornography, stylized violence, televangelism, to
Honey Boo Boo. There’s some positive thrown into the mix though, such as tranquilizing nature shows and stimulating scientific documentaries. It’s
not all bad. I think however, some aliens would get the idea that we place less or more importance on some things than others. Could what we send out
there be critical in how other galactic species might evaluate us? What if it's a prerequisite for deciding to make first contact?
If we knew there were neighbors next door, would we clean up our act and behave ourselves? Or would we continue to shamelessly be those
Let’s take this a step further. What if these supposed galactic NSA also knew how to tune into our thoughts?
Radio waves and brain waves are both forms of electromagnetic radiation—waves of energy that travel at the speed of light.
They just need to find the right frequency and have the right technology to detect our relatively weak brain waves (as indicated in the above source;
no pun intended.) Something tells me they just might have access to technology beyond our imagination—that allows them to peer into our imagination!
What?! Why not? It’s possible.
Alright, well even if they can’t tune into our individual thoughts—someone out there definitely has the ability to observe our popular culture.
As a human being myself (I swear!) I am sometimes embarrassed or ashamed of the drivel being spewed out across the airwaves. I don't feel that this is
representative of me, but it may be representative of the majority of humanity. I can only imagine what the rest of the cosmos thinks.
What say you, ATS? Is the galactic NSA watching us? Are they concerned with what they’re seeing? Or are they bored out of their minds?
As always, there are more questions than answers. Thanks for allowing me the indulgence to kick this idea around—NB
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