Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Lost Notebook

...The notebooks have now mostly disappeared, destroyed by Zuckerberg himself. He says he did it for privacy reasons. This is in keeping with sentiments he expressed to me about the pain of having many of his early IMs and emails exposed in the aftermath of legal proceedings. “Would you want every joke that you made to someone being printed and taken out of context later?”...

@dredmorbius Data is a liability, even our own‽ Soon we're running out of plots for dystopias to write.


@kensanata At the rate we're going, not only do the dystopias write themselves, but they write their own dystopia-generating-AIs to write their own dystopias.

@dredmorbius Didn't Charles Stross complain about something like that? The impossibility to finish near future science fiction in time?

@kensanata He did. And I was thinking of just that as I was writing my previous.

In the notion of mental models / worldviews changing, there's the notion of accelerating change. I've been reading my way through "Future Shock" which talks at length on this.

What the implications of rates of change exceeding the poets (in the general "generative arts" sense) to stay ahead of it is ... interesting to contemplate.

@dredmorbius Future Shock, the guy who runs from surveillance everything, keeps changing his identity, from the seventies?

@kensanata I think you may be confusing "Shockwave Rider" by John Brunner?

(I've not read it.)

That influenced Future Shock / shares some elements.

"Future Shock" is nonfiction, describing the recent, current, and future trends, through about 2000. Published 1970, by Alvin Toffler.

@dredmorbius Other way round: _The Shockwave Rider_ (1975) was inspired by _Future Shock_ (1970). Read both in the late 1970s/early 80s. Have re-read the Shockwave Rider a few times since, not bothered with Future Shock. @kensanata

@edavies Thanks, yes, I realised that after posting.

This is my first time through Future Shock, and though it's got its issues, there's quite a bit that's prescient.

That or Present Us have simply forgotten or ignored much of what we once knew.


@kensanata Yesterday's inconcievability becomes today's fantasy becomes tomorrow's discarded fad, at about that rate.

What happens to individual and social capacity to keep up?

@dredmorbius I don't know. People have been talking about this for decades but the young ones don't seem to be having mental breakdowns. It's the older generations that can no longer cope. We tune out, don't get on Tik Tok, or micro blogging, depending on where we draw the line. I'm more worried about people being unable to imagine the past. How did we live without mobile phones? Without phones‽ Without cars…

@kensanata I'm not sure I agree.

There's an increase in MH issues across the age range. You've got suicides among middle-aged adults (45-65) rising, also drug use and others.

And millennials report major increases in depression, starting about 2007, the entry of the smartphone.

@dredmorbius But then again my dad says that at university in Vienna, in post war Austria, most professors were all "crazy" in some way or another. They were all damaged by the war. And before that? The Long Peace has shifted our perspective and that, too, is part of the change: suddenly we care! In the old days, we would have sent those children off to war, hyperbolically speaking.

@dredmorbius That's exactly the point. Previously, the foreign country past was the Second World War. My grandpa was weird, he had fought in it! He was a POW of the Americans. But now I find that my teenage years are weird. I had no mobile phone. The foreign past is creeping up on us. A bit like the Nothingness in the Neverending Story: we end up unable to relate to our own past selves.

@dredmorbius Yes. That was a good article. Thanks. The thought of a police vs. striking miners reenactment sends shivers down my spine. And that bully psycho drama... argh!

@kensanata @dredmorbius
I loved the BBC drama "Life on Mars" because it showed just how weird the 1970s were compared to today.

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