Patterns from our past
A discussion came up this week on the topic of social media, and in particular, its future here, and what we will make of it as a grand collective. Currently, we swim in it, and credit all our good fortune to it, and all our bad luck to it as well, but is there still a world beyond it? Well, there is no debate here. Yes, yes, there is.
So what will be the future than, of social media as a whole, and what will we make of it next? Well, I think personally, and positively, that we’ll get a grip on it, that we’ll use it well, and that we’ll stop overusing it. I think as well, that the participants in education regarding to the subject, are the proof in that.
What good is all this human garbage?
Up until now, we each have had little to no formal training on social media and its use, and up until its formal inclusion in education programs and at colleges and universities, we’ve all just been winging it, doing our best, and hoping that it’s been good enough, but as a man of history, what has always worried me, is what we’re leaving behind for the future to find. Ironically, so many worry about garbage and environmental pollution, and, well, they should, but archeologists and historians agree, that garbage call tell us more than discovering bones and buildings can. It’s in the garbage that we truly shows the truth about our daily lives and habits, so in that way, the garbage we leave behind, will eventually help humankind. It’s a nice thought.
In history, we traditionally used sugar medicinally, but in the late medieval period, its rediscovery was something that Europe was completely unprepared for. In Tudor England, at the palaces of King Henry the VIII, it was abused in the King’s court, as it was added to every dish, with every course at extravagant royal feasts and banquets. To read the recipes of King Henry, are to read every kind of treat imaginable, and this caused aristocratic adults and guests to act like children misbehaving after too much candy. To study food through the ages however, is to realize that by the time of Georgian Kings, sugar had been reserved for dessert. Likewise, I think that social media is sugar to us, but the internet has so much more to offer than just these forms of online medium, and that we, like our ancestors, will learn a little logic and tolerance, once we ride out the sugar high.
Gannon, Megan. (2019) 1,500 Year Old Garbage Dumps Reveal Cities Surprising Collapse. National Geographic. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/article/ancient-garbage-dump-elusa-reveals-surprising-city-collapse
What did Henry VIII Really Eat? (2012). Picture Britain. http://www.picturebritain.com/2012/11/whatdidhenryviiieat.html