We have this medium through which we connect more instantly, exchanging ideas and communicating where to meet for lunch. Technology and the internet are powerful; and perhaps they maintain a power beyond human control. They have infiltrated our society and wrapped themselves around our most vulnerable facets. They create fame in our internet-born social leaders, those who are Twitter-famous, YouTube-famous, and the like who are our influencers. But are these people adored and followed for their human qualities or the symbol that they represent? Is the answer to this question a positive or negative one? A symbol is perhaps more powerful than a mere human. A symbol more instantly generates dialogue.
Yet such dialogue is made through a technological means more so than face-to-face. We press “send” on words that we know won’t be a direct reflection of our identity– when on an anonymous platform. We show other eyes on screens what we want them to see. We create an extension of ourselves online that may or may not exist in the tangible world. We’ve contextualized an identity through digital relationships. Are we decontextualizing our human selves? Are our true selves decomposing or are we creating enlightened, fuller versions of ourselves? Is digitalization still human because it was created by humans? Are we human, digital, or both kinds of beings?