Another side of the computer world that struck my mind the other day, is links.
In all the articles I have written about the computer universe, I have been looking for problems, so to say, elements that confuse my…established world of knowledge in certain ways.
To talk about “an established world” of knowledge may seem strange, but as I see the computer as it is used today, quite a bit of it does crash into established ways of thinking.
My writing on this is maybe one-sided in another direction, but we will have to discuss how to merge those two worlds, if you see it like that, how the “new” world should relate to the “old” world is a very necessary thing to talk about.
Both ways too, of course.
But what role do links play, what function in my head do they meddle with?
I would perhaps say, associations, associative thinking.
I remember conversations with friends from the north of Norway, a culture (well, actually several) which own a fantastic, crazy ability to imagine things. I will never get a full overview of this (happily) but it works pretty well for a lot of purposes, for instance creating new ideas where there are no solutions to a problem, or to see totally absurd connections in life or in society, so you totally crack in a flow of meaningless or meaningful laughter, often both a the same time.
In short imagination, to coin it a little properly and a little blandly.
I also get ideas, sometimes fanciful ones, but I was born in a calmer environment than the storms and the incredible idylls of the real north. I am ok with the calmer parts of Norway too, I love Follo and Asker and other slopes of farmland or hilly woods, where I grew up or lived later on. Oslo too, not far from nature, but still a small city. Nature, the surroundings, give me ideas down here too, just different ideas than up north.
The differences of the country are also not absolute, I think, they are a matter of degree.
Anyway, everyone has his or her own associations, to begin with. Your own ideas…that is what comes out of associative thinking.
There are other ways of being creative, also mentally, but this is actually pretty important.
And under my fingers an before my eyes I find a machine world, and of course, the people who create it every day are also there, their ideas and habits come out of my keyboard and the screen. This world is for me not entirely positive, it moves me to and fro, in many different directions, often away from myself, it often works against my will.
If you fit into this world very well, you may feel at home, you may even feel that it confirms your thoughts, I have heard people say that the computer itself gives them new ideas for work.
Well, for me maybe in some ways, too. But in many ways the opposite.
But talking about links, every time I push a button, symbol, something that contains a link, I am moved into a new world, basically, a new website or a new page on the same website, talking to me about something else than the text or the pictures that I moved from.
I didn’t make that path, even if I made the move, so to speak.
It came to me from the creator of the website.
Of course, new ideas, outside of this screen world, may also come from other people and other sources than yourself, but then it comes from…the world.
This whole world is made by humans, even though it more and more functions as the world for us.
The links are another problem connected with it, and one may then of course ask all the usual questions about what sources the editors use and choose, what mentality does the publication maintain, what political views, etc. – and how it connects to this bit of the whole thing.
For instance the questions of political biases and objectivity vs subjectivity in journalism, etc.
Links are just another element, but still, an important one, I think.
Habitual thinking may be a bigger problem than before, if you don’t watch out.
It’s always been a problem, but today…hm.
Edited after publishing, sorry.