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Old 12-16-2019, 03:42 AM
 
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We are connected more than ever.

It seems everything about everything can be found online.

The human experience is becoming more and more digital as we essentially live online.

As people connect to the degree for which the internet allows - are we destined to become more homogenous?

I have often run into people who seem like they’re reading a script from online discussion boards.

And wow, so many people on social media use the same “cool” words, like the same memes, talk about the same stuff, get involved in the same viral stuff, etc.

Are we on a path to being the same?

30+ years ago you could have pockets of people who were unique because they never really interacted with the outside world other than through tv or radio.

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Old 12-16-2019, 01:01 PM
 
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Well, there's no such thing as "less unique" or "more unique".


That said, each person is, of course, unique, but worldwide mass media do have the tendency to reduce the variation amongst people. Note the gradual disappearance of regional accents and vocabularies in the USA, which really started with radio and has been proceeding apace ever since.
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Old 12-16-2019, 03:01 PM
 
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I'd say is complicated. For cultures I'd say it's reduced uniqueness, as isolation permits cultural drift whereas the internet homogenizes the collective experiences. But for individuals it has enabled greater pursuit of obscure interests, which allow you to be unique individual and express yourself.
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Old 12-16-2019, 04:41 PM
 
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I'd say is complicated. For cultures I'd say it's reduced uniqueness, as isolation permits cultural drift whereas the internet homogenizes the collective experiences. But for individuals it has enabled greater pursuit of obscure interests, which allow you to be unique individual and express yourself.
Can't reduce uniqueness, it's either ON or OFF.
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Old 12-17-2019, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Every person is unique, even individual identical twins. If anything the Internet has reinforced my feeling of having almost nothing in common with the rest of the world in terms of my individual values, beliefs and concerns.

The main thing I’ve discovered is that I used to think I had a couple areas of expertise, mainly related to my career experience. I have discovered the collective knowledge of the Internet makes my expertise in my few areas pale to insignificance. Even when considering individuals, it is easy to find other folks with much more experience and expertise in my fields of interest. So, the Internet has had a humbling experience on me, much more so than any impact on my uniqueness.
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Old 12-18-2019, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Can't reduce uniqueness, it's either ON or OFF.
You can quantify what you mean by unique.
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Old 12-18-2019, 05:30 PM
 
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It means "the only one like it".


Let's review.


Zero? Doesn't exist.
One? Unique.
Two or more? Not unique.


Unique does not mean "really, really unusual".
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Old 12-21-2019, 07:18 PM
 
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To avoid semantics - let’s not harp on what is meant by the term “unique”. Obviously, I’m trying to convey a sense of making us less individualized.

The “online world” as a place will certainly have some impact on us as individuals as we gradually spend more time there. I wondering how...
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Old 12-21-2019, 08:25 PM
 
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I'd guess that it's not the connectivity that undermines our uniqueness. What undermines our uniqueness or individuality are retail operations (and news, even) with algorithms that channel everyone into increasingly narrower and more specific niches. If you liked that - you'll like this!

Individuality isn't a matter of isolation. It's a matter of the opportunity to explore. Although I should add that the tendency of online forums to mock anything a little offbeat or un-cool doesn't help.
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Old 12-21-2019, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Does the internet make us less unique? Where does the digital world lead us?

NOPE~~ in fact Internet usage NOT using true Identity means.. INTERNET means FALSE Identity trolling gets absorbed into the ether of discussion!!

Why ask the question when it is well known Trolls and BOTs + False ( Multy) identity postings occur throughout Social media??

Less unique Indeed!! It make those that do not research and recall FACTS get caught up in PROP-O-GANDA sent by predatorial types to promote FLASE Information!! After years of such debunked mis-informations.. YET a small portion remain to Hold on it that FALSE Info to somehow make them feel validated!!

I recall reading historically, the American CivilWar rhetoric..and the ultimate assignation of Lincoln.. BUT such HATRED today demolishes what happened back then~~ Today POTUS Hateful rhetoric and his Administration and GOP supporting it has weaponized what took years to cause Assassinations and reckoning... BUT to day you have an actual POTUS promoting CIVIL WAR and OVERTURNING the CONSTITUTION and disregard alll branches of Government and the power of LAW and Order!!

Those that question the POWER of the Digital World Powers is in OUR Face NOW~~ Instant DATA .. Right/Correct then> ++++ BS spread internet wise... THEN to ADD a POTUS spreading the same propaganda enhanced by GOP Politicians!!

Recipe for Disaster!! I worry for my grandchildren living in the world with American disfunction as I've witnessed this past 3+ years!!
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