posted on Jul, 9 2012 @ 03:39 AM
IF, emphasis on the capital IF, the information age and the attendant death of privacy does not go hand in hand with a careful manipulation of data
designed to misrepresent and steer social norms, we're going to learn a lot about normalcy over the next decade or two, and it's going to undermine
a lot of hypocritical prejudices.
Based on the things that are already getting a lot of play in our popular appeal/profitability based media that nobody owns up to being the audience
for, here are a few guesses...
1. Bi-curiousity, especially among homophobes. Open homosexuality is already getting less and less taboo, true enough, but there does seem to be a
double-standard when it comes to people who are assumed based on their observed conduct or statements to be completely heterosexual. I suspect that at
present, a woman who has no problem with homosexuals would change her tune if she found out that her boyfriend's last partner was another man, but
that in the future that may not be the case.
2. "Cowardice", pacifism, and other consistently non-confrontational stances. Assertiveness is valued in our culture, and this causes a lot of
people to talk and act pretty tough and aggressive, but when push comes to shove, a lot of people will curl up in a ball before they ever take a
single swing for any reason. As the means by which we learn about conflict moves from bar stories to tube video, we're going to get a more accurate
picture of psychology in conflicts.
2b. Hand in hand with this will come an increased taboo against bullying, the beginnings of which we are already seeing now. Perhaps this will get to
the point that "Bully's Lib" will eventually become an issue due to an excessive backlash before that side of the dynamic is fully understood.
3. Some forms of dishonesty. We're going to get statistical evidence on when and how people lie, and what the relationship between the lies and the
truth really is. I suspect we will find out that the lies generally attempt to represent the outline of the truth in a safe and easier to relate to
manner. This can be compared to the tendency of political candidates to personalize or simplify stories that would be perfectly valid without the lies
to make them more fit for mass consumption.
4. Snooping. We're going to find out that people violate people's privacy all the time, usually with no malicious intent, and we will also get more
used to it being done by major entities for greedy and sometimes nefarious purposes. We will eventually just accept the death of privacy in many
5. Poor hygiene. Frankly, many segments of society are obsessed with cleanliness because it's been aggressively marketed to them beyond the bounds of
health and reason. The continuation of this slow economic climate, the move from real-world interactions to online interactions, and population growth
making it less common for people to have a comfortable uncrowded home environment where they can always get into the bathroom in the morning is going
to force a more European view on this subject to take hold in America. I remember reading about this happening in Japan even in better economic times.
People will probably feel that they need permission to go very far down this road once they see it starting though, and this will probably rely on the
candor of blogs and other social media.
6. Unemployment/Homelessness. Long term unemployment is going to be a normal thing for a lot of people from now on, at least until major depopulation
occurs (frankly I think this whole economic downturn is engineered to identify expendable people for the NWO and ensure that they don't accidentally
kill people they're going to need later). In time ways of getting by and having a life under such circumstances will emerge, and there will be people
who choose never to seek employment and to live very differently from commercial society as a result. They will find non-economic contributions to
make to society and will eventually gain acceptance... although they may be murdered soon after (probably by means of being excluded from medical care
in advance of an engineered pandemic) they will have gotten far enough that we will miss them when they're gone.
7. conspiracy theory / political radicalism / uncommon religious views / other minority world views. Self explanatory really- people say things online
you don't talk about around grandma or the boss at work, and people are doing more and more of their talking online, so there's going to be a lot
less effort to fit into consensus reality. This will go along with religious liberalization, already seen in the interfaith and secular-boosting
religous trends of the 90s which fundamentalists reacted against in the '00s, and which I believe is due for a synthesis in the coming decade.