Friday, March 19, 2010


I'm trying to self analyze and explore a sociological aspect I propose is evolving today. I'm looking at mass culture, social media, and the current accuracy of the biggest go-to source on information in this, which i call 'the third era of mass culture, wikipedia.
The logical underpinning to my assertion is simply to have logical categories. I came up with some. I call it "The Evolution of Mass Culture."
"The First Era of Mass Culture" can logically be assumed to have begun when the printing press went viral and got out enough cheap newspapers and enough people could read for interconnection between the time information becomes generally known to be roughly the same time everywhere. An equiilibrium of sorts. Mass Cultural reactions happen closer to 'real time'. In the past ideas could take milleniums to coalesce. Consider monotheism or democracy as examples.
That would all be PMC, Pre Mass Culture, or simply anytime before 1599. After that reactions have taken place closer and closer to what we would call 'real time'. I'm calling it arbitrarily 1600.
The Second Era of mass culture begins with the sweeping inventions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. newspapers had reached saturation point through increasing demographics and population. This changed when we started down the road that took us from telegraph to cable TV and pay per view porn. Radio and pre-cable TV comprise the bulk of the period. The Second Era of Mass Culture was markedly shorter then the first. The third Age begins in 2000, where technology advanced to the point computers were indispensable and we feared Y2K.
Thats the sociological component.
here's the self analysis.
Naturally the things you have revelations about are between you and your therapist/computer. What would be fascinating is if where you may think the accuracy ends and assess the value of what is there, right off wikipedia.
Instead of getting a shrink i'm tossing various personality disorders into wikipedia. I call it 'shrinkapedia' therapy! Todays session was kind of enlightening. I am trying to optimize the value of the free therapy and compensate for the poorly documented sources as i need some kind of filter. So i'll filter my thoughts here for a minute blogging
I was hoping they would have a quiz in there to self analyze. Turns out i got lucky and they had the next best thing
For one personality disorder they actually had a matrix, which is pretty close to a test. Think True/False Quiz.
i had to feed in the data so i'm now biased. I can't really use my reactions to gauge it's accuracy.
So the wiki therapy begins with exploration of a randomly selected personality disorders. The link to the wiki definition is at the end of the disorder matrix. I hit a few points on the matrix, but i bet everyone does. It's human nature i suppose to come across part of ones humanity when one delves into human nature.
our starting assumption would be the thing every shrink says in every movie where they have a shrink, "it's not the destination, it's the voyage." True or not it's been said enough that its a part of how we look inward.
By implication then, if you think you've reached the 'ultimate' destination you've become arrogant and will slowly go stale. therefore you must bee somewhat primal by nature in the sense that you must keep moving. looking in all directions. The past the future, what could've been, all run parallel in a judgement free place where 'The Twilight Zone' meets 'A Christmas Carol" .
anyway heres the matrix... i can't really explain it. so like neo see it for yourself. I'm going to use two categories of one personality disorder quickly right here.
The link to the Wiki definition is, of course, at the end :)

Compliance Patterns:

  • I compromise my own values and integrity to avoid rejection or others' anger.
  • I am very sensitive to how others are feeling and feel the same.
  • I am extremely loyal, remaining in harmful situations too long.
  • I value others' opinions and feelings more than my own and am afraid to express differing opinions and feelings of my own.
  • I put aside my own interests and hobbies in order to do what others want.
  • I accept sex when I want love.
  • Control Patterns:
  • I believe most other people are incapable of taking care of themselves.
  • I attempt to convince others of what they "should" think and how they "truly" feel.
  • I become resentful when others will not let me help them.
  • I freely offer others advice and directions without being asked.
  • I lavish gifts and favors on those I care about.
  • I use sex to gain approval and acceptance.
  • I have to be "needed" in order to have a relationship with others.
matrix cut & pasted from Wiki's Codependency definition. allegedly one of the worst personality disorders.
Were you shocked? Uncomfortable? Did you think this was all total bullshit? Some of the
things took me a while to think through before i could honestly give myself a true false answer.
I definitely felt any one of them I checked off would be a good cause for some introspection.
In true cringe-worthy fashion checking off even one is scary, yet checking off none may be cause
to consider the possibility you have become 'out of touch' to some extent. At the very least at some
point in my life I had definitely been guilty or complicit of hitting some points on the matrix. I guess
many will share my feelings that some are worse then others and theres
times we've all been guilty of some of those things. Any thoughts? I would love comments and feedback.
It is an edgy thing though so comments may be hard to depersonalize some stuff enough to share.
Personally i was glad most of the points i hit on the matrix were things i was already aware of,
had over come or had at least begun to deal with. Only really one truly one shocking revelation, but
I'm glad to have had it before i croak.
Thanks for reading!

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