Tuesday, June 9, 2009

eco village

Last weekend, Me and Ben met up with a big bunch of press and eco-warriors to create a new eco village in the heart of London.

Theres not much media about this online yet so if an external reader finds this in search for more info, please check out our facebook group http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=88020757939&ref=nf

because here I want to talk philosophically for a minute

There was a media meeting held, which i didnt attend because im not media, but i was informed that they had the idea to make the eco village an online project, where people on our website can have influence over what we do.

Now, o dear, i wish i was there when they said that, because they didnt realise the death and destruction they were suggesting!! There have been similar ideas online before, 'Robot in the Garden' was one, where people could control robots to plant herbs and stuff in a little garden patch. It was philosophically testing because it tested how much you care about something you were detached from. Did people think it was real? did they go to the website everyday and do a bit of gardening?

Another online project tested this further. You had the oppertunity to press a button and burn a Dollar Bill. This act is illegal in the USA, but by being online people felt it was detached enough from the world that they could do it. Even after filling in their details, they were daring enough to commit the crime. perhaps they thought it was unreal? perhaps it was.

So if we had a bunch of internet people controlling us, they would make us kill eachother and burn our village, because it wouldnt appear real!

take care

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

sartre said that we are always trying to define ourselves through what we do and what we believe. Instead, he argues that we should avoid labelling ourselves, and just live for the moment, and define ourselves by the choices we make about what to do with our absolute freedom.

Today it seems that we are encouraged to define ourselves in many ways, we are what we wear, which fashion we follow, some say we are what we eat, we have our race, our cultures, our religions, our sexuality and worst of all our profiles.

our profiles are our profiles, they tell you everything about us. of course if we just consider the average user, we can see all the categories they define themselves in, in groups and interests and religion and poltical views, and also our lives are projected with an up to date selection of photos and status updates.

now i know you all know this, but it frustrates me like hell.

i constantly struggle with this idea of identity. my facebook is crafted to tell you some intreging details, but it hides alot of things aswell. But more than this, it highlights to me how i am so lost with who i am.

I have a name, but no one calls me it, i have an address, but i dont live there, i have a family, but they dont know eachother.

a profile is a moment in time at which you define yourself then, its a way you feel or a display of your actions. But it is in no sense who you are.

if you knew someone by their facebook only, then what would it be like to meet them really.

also, i wander what sartres facebook would have said