What is to be done differently?

version

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Lost you a bit but yeah, not sure where mcluhan fits in, if someone could explain...

One of the things McLuhan's known for is an emphasis on the medium, i.e. studying television as a communication technology rather than the content of individual TV shows.

The point's that the delivery system itself shapes and influences things, regardless of the content.

The same story processed through a newspaper, a news channel and Twitter is engaged with in different ways purely because of the medium.
 

catalog

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O h yeah I know that actually. I'm not sure it applies here though. But I've lost the thread a bit probably. My line of thinking was that expecting people to become all of a sudden altruistic is not really realistic. Then you said if the tech is good, the right psychology will follow. But maybe you were on about a different kind of psychology? But whaat are you saying, that blockchain is a hot media? Like yeah, I agree with you, but I don't think it can necessarily engender goodness all of a sudden. And I don't think mcluhan would ever say that either.
 

Clinamenic

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Yeah I agree re: unrealistic, but the wager here is that we are at an unusual moment where people have been forced to introspect more than usual, and have experienced an unusual collective bout of isolation and neurotic depression. Its also an attempt at humanizing capitalism, by emphasizing the gooey empathy stuff which can, nonetheless, positively impact one's mental health.
 

version

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I didn't specify whether the psychological change would be good or bad, what I said was that if the tech is successful, i.e. becomes established, then it will cause a psychological change itself.
 

Clinamenic

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I didn't specify whether the psychological change would be good or bad, what I said was that if the tech is successful, i.e. becomes established, then it will cause a psychological change itself.
This I definitely agree with. I think it will bring new solutions and new problems, in many respects.
 
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