Burke, Balanced Anarchy and the Internet
June 13, 2013 1 Comment
A segment of James Burke’s TV show “The Day the Universe Changed“.
Here, from the mid 1980’s Burke predicts the Internet. It is a profound importance of the Internet that it remains a communication medium where no privileged view should dominate, a communication of heterogeneous voices. – a global pluralistic intersubjective forum that remains defiant of the tyranny of any one way of thought.
Starting in my earliest teens, I love science. My father loved History. Growing up, together we watched James Burke’s TV shows like Connections and The Day the Universe Changed — The former a fun look at the history of science; the latter the history of knowledge. I am still mad I missed meeting James Burke when we gave a lecture at a near by University. I was in High School at the time of his visit to my hometown.
- There are and have been, many ways of thinking and problem solving;
- politics and culture coerce world-views;
- no one paradigm fits all circumstances;
- systems of thought maybe, at times, means of control, and at other times maybe a means of freedom. freedom that leads to gained autonomy.
This I have learned and I credit James Burke, in part, to this education.
In 1992, On a college mate’s computer , I saw the World wide Web and Internet for the first time. I was blown away. I started by playing a video game. It was downloaded to my friends Amiga in Pennsylvania from a server in England… in minutes. Silly, but the potential was obvious. I think a few young people take the Internet for granted. To me, It was of the most important developments I ever witnessed.
What has the the Internet has come to be? a means of communicating disinformation as much as it is communicating “truth” from any personal perspective. But that too is lesson in freedom and intersubjectivity. An individual has a choice what to believe or reject, without being told so by authority. An individual must seek out his own means of verification in a sea of data, and his own means of deciding what is meaningful, unimportant or outright bullshit.
I still welcome the chatter of many ideas. I welcome the freedom of discovery and ignorance without being told what to think.
The Internet is important.
And so is James Burke :)