Desiring an internet free of stagnation

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The internet is alike to a grave yard, drowning in fixed unchanging content rarely recycled or fresh.  Why can’t everything be generated immediately for the moment by an AI, which changes from one moment to the next?

One of my frustrations about the internet and media is that everything that is generated and consumed is a fixed snapshot of a moment.  Heraclitus says that if you step in the river a second time, it will be different from the first time, since all nature is moving and changing from moment to moment.  What is served up on the internet such as a song, a video, an image or news article is a fixed unchanging thing, which makes the internet seem dead and stagnant, drowning under useless unchanging dead content.  How exciting if the user could serve up content that was changing from one moment to the next, a song that changed, a video, or news report.

 

I can visit my garden at different times, what will be served up to me will be different each time.  Moment to moment plants, animals and climate are appearing, changing and vanishing.  Everything in the garden is fresh, new and never the same.  This garden is manifesting a narrative that is exciting, surprising and creative.  How I wish this organic state of my garden might be replicated on the internet and in the media.

With the advent of artificial intelligence it should be possible that the AI can match the need of the user with unique, fresh and useful content there and then, which at this moment only happens in a limited way with regards to weather and financial markets.

I think the days of search engines such as Google are numbered, which is in essence a search engine of fixed static content like videos.  An AI could generate animation, images, songs that are unique, spontaneous and in real-time, changing from moment to moment, and therefore cannot be indexed for a search.

When it comes to art, I prefer something that has motion such as an engine powered by the wind rather than a fixed static picture hanging on the wall.  My philosophy of what I would like in art and the internet reflects the philosophy of Heraclitus, that all things are in motion and changing at each moment.

Your actions in real life matters

I have been away in real life longer than I would have liked from this blog, and so over the next few days I will have plenty of catching up to do reading and answering comments, and reading those blogs I follow.  I make no apologies for being away from the internet, for what we do in real life as Satanists matters more than what we do on the internet.

I recently visited a few Satanist forums, none of which I am a member, but always useful to me to keep up with news and attitudes of some of the Satanists around the world.  One forum called Satanic International Network appears to have had an internal civil war over the last month between old-established members and the forum owner Zachary Schroeder aka Zack Black.  The reasons for the civil war could have been because Schroeder let his recent television appearance go to his head, or due to envy by his established members, but the fight revealed the painful truth for these established internet Satanists that they were expendable and irrelevant.  The established members of the forum after a bitter fight either quit or where suspended, anonymous self-important and largely irrelevant individuals outside of their little forum suddenly found they were as meaningless as a discarded empty can of beer.  

The internet is a tool of communication, nothing more, and any Satanist thinking otherwise is incredibly deluded.  Too many Satanists live their path through the medium of the internet, specifically forums.  In any individual forum a member may rise to be a figure of importance, but outside of their little niche they are in reality nothing.  What matters is what we Satanists do in real life, rather than living our lives through internet forums.

I suspect that the established members of the forum attacked the forum owner Zachary Schroeder out of envy, people whose only expression in Satanism was internet forum postings, whilst Schroeder has intelligently built up a reputation for himself in real life through his internet activity and forum to be invited on media shows and be an increasingly relevant voice of Satanism in the real world.

Satanism and the media

Two Satanic personalities who have built up their own strong Satanic brands recently clashed on the Satanic forum known as 600club on the subject of Satanism and the media.  The first personality is a Zachary Schroeder who refers to himself in Satanism as Zach Black, who built up a strong following on YouTube, runs his own Satanic forum and appeared on a US comedy show.  The second personality is a businesswoman called Alison Jones, who uses Satanism to market her successful business brand.

Like most Satanists we have large egos, and the clash between Schroeder and Jones descended into a juvenile flame war.  The essence of the argument is how influential Satanism is in the media.

I personally have considerable experience in television, radio and newspapers, but for reasons of professionalism I keep my Satanism apart from my outside world activities.  My attitude to the media is blase, easy to manipulate, a tool to an ends.

For the novice, appearing on television is cool, and they feel that they are important after gaining their fifteen minutes of fame.  I see or read it often that the Satanist after appearing on a chat show lets the fame go to their heads, then thinks they are the ultimate authority on everything Satanic.  Zachary Schroeder carried his part in the comedy show well, but he and others need a reality check.  Satanism will forever be a minority outlook of individualism, it will never be universally accepted or adopted, we Satanists will mostly be in the shadows manifesting our own wills silently and anonymously.  Those few Satanists that rise into the media spotlight will always be highlighted as freaks, curiosities and beasts, the patsy of joke and condemnation.  Most Satanists such as me appear in the media, but never reveal our Satanism, but are highly effective in what we do.

The world of show business is a world of illusion and fantasy, nothing is real.  Satanism fits in well to show business, but is limited by stereotypes defined by Christian and storyteller.  Satanists fight against stereotypes, but the Satanist is no god in the entertainment industry, they must play as like puppets to the whim of market people and producer to stereotypes.  I bring Schroeder down with a bump when I say he is a patsy rather than a mover and shaker in the media.  Nor is Schroeder a mover or shaker of Satanism, for we all manifest our own unique wills, I move in my own way, Satanic Temple move in another, Alison Jones moves in another.

Ideally as individuals we use our disguises and manipulate the media in our own manner. In achieving our ends we leave our Satanism under our bed, we reveal nothing of our Satanism, we play the games the media plays, and turn those fantasies around to our benefit.