A tick of thought has been digging into my consciousness for some time. Ever since Al Gore invented the internet, we've been living in an Information Age. Without drawing too heavily on Sid Meier's work, I would have to agree, although I would argue that the age in which we live has brought us to be the Observation Society.
I'm positive the thoughts have been racing around my brain for some time, and it was the viewing of the amazing WALL-E production that brought these thoughts to the frontal lobes. Everyone pulls a different message from the film, probably a sign of an excellent production, and the message I walked away with was the separation the poor souls on the Axiom lived with. Throughout, people were separated physically by only a couple feet, but would never turn their head to look at their real life counterparts. It goes without saying, physical contact was completely out of the question.
Think about the world in which we live. A mass of people work for TheMan®, then return home to watch a few hours of quality reality television. Reality television seems to be taking the place of reality
California State declared that the 'average American' spends 4 hours each day watching television. That number is over 16% of the hours in a day. Factor in 8 hours of sleep (too high) and 8 hours for work (too low) and with the 8 hours remaining the number is half of the free time the average person has available to them
Mathematician know that almost half of people are above average
The 'average american' would rather watch people cook, renovate, interact, dance, date, compete, cope, cheat and succeed than actually do it. It is not hard to find evidence. 97.5 million paid money to vote on who should have a chance at recording an album, and 122 million picked who would dictate taxes and policy for their country. Fitness is the worst it has ever been, and more and more people are using the internet to find a mate.
Human nature re-enforces the problem. People will publish most of their lives on the internet in hopes that someone will read it and find it interesting. The desire for the cliché 15 minutes of fame roots deep within our psyche, and we re-enforce it by enabling others to have their moment.
Above reproach? I doubt it. I spent some time crafting together all these words, in hope that you would read them.