People share lots of information, often useless, but it reflects their souls and interests. It is a property of people to seek for patterns in the world and give them names. So people do so for the information they share – and communities like “Typical Student” appear because of the students’ content being captured into a pattern. This is just one example, I hope you get the point.
It seems to me that it also works the other way. If a person reads this “Typical Student” content regularly, they capture the patterns, concepts and values from it, even if they didn’t have them before. This changes the way they think and act.
My university seems too patterned to me. Same stupid values, people act same way.
I suspect, we would be better off if the Internet was more restricted. Not to the point of a Big Chinese Firewall, but people at least shouldn’t waste their time there unless they have purpose. Otherwise the Internet starts to think for the.
I think the internet addiction is the way our spiritual need for ritual has manifested in the modern world. We used to do a lot more things as a community to center and direct psychoemotional energy, mainly centered around outdated religious beliefs. Now we are very isolated and instead of letting that dance around around a fire and pray together stuff happen we disconnect and spread diluted passions into cyberspace.
This is very true. Not just the internet, also with consumerism or trends. The spiritual aspect of myth and wonder is now turned into “material need”. Look around. The famous movies are about mythology, fantasy, comics and technology. “Nerd culture” is today’s modern religion.
It’s because we gravitate towards what is a part of us. In this case it’s the knowledge we as humans should know from birth. Games, movies or any kind of media are rehashed slivers of that archetypal knowledge. The notion that this edited knowledge is also used against us, as the divine bait, for use in material ways and self-destruction. By way of the profit motive and exploitation, these things are knowingly or unknowingly diluted from the original forms, literally or in Plato’s terms. It’s not exclusive to Religion, it could be any area of study.
It’s that same view that is driven too far and it has resulted into a joke. A sour joker that has no idea that his joke is about him. Social change is now used as social control.
You are seeing patterns because they are patterns. Somehow you want to break out of it, and that is natural. What we are witnessing is the decay of our everyday lives as mere “memes”. Instead of reacting as conscious and independent thinkers, people copy what they see on social media, the daily trending article, the information fix. Likes and tweets with morning coffee, hashtags before bed.