A Period of Indulgence: Individuality & Technology
Following the end of the most recent US economic recession, for the past ten years it seems we have been greatly focused on promoting individuality. For many, a great part of our individual existence is now defined by our ability to freely and instantly communicate our thoughts to the global world. With advances in technology, individuality has become easier to project. Yet worth considering - has technology perhaps had to advance itself to accommodate the eagerness and indulgence we now have for promoting our self-worth? Did communication mobility evolve because it was necessary, or did its invention inspire the impact it now has? Finally, are we collectively aware of the greater impact, both positive and negative the promotion of individuality has on us all?
Over the course of time, many have argued that technology, specifically those new to their communities, negatively impacted the physical and or spiritual quality of their lives. For example, when considering spirituality, as religions evolved, often it was inspired by new technology and sciences which helped explain ideas previously not understood. While those advances remained new ideas, often they were challenged for having negative social impacts, mostly because it allowed people to revisit the defining rules of their given faith, threatening the established belief.
While it may be difficult to determine the exact catalyst of all technological advancements, desire and or necessity often seem to have great influence. As desire and necessity are both individual and communal challenges, resolutions gained while trying to resolve either may also impact broader cultural influences. How can we gage those influences? Should we even care? How will the global world be impacted by the constant self-promotion we are all experiencing? How will we think of ourselves in the future? Will there be any room left for communal concerns?