I read in The NY Times an article about a kid taking notes on his smart-phone and how the people at the meeting he was in thought he was texting. He explained what he was doing and they were all impressed that a smartphone could be used to take notes. I ask, why not just record the meeting and take notes later?
More and more I'm noticing that people are recording conversations. They don't ask and what they plan to do with this material is open to conjecture, but I've become much more wary about what I say to people. Isn't it illegal to record people without their consent? Or is it just that it can't be used as evidence in a court of law? What does off the record mean in this day and age?
We are being overwhelmed with information and it is the reason why someone can say with a straight face that there is something called alternative facts, like alternative history. How can anyone listen to someone who doesn't know what the word fact means and take them seriously? And no one even asked.
I'm noticing that fewer and fewer people are storing information in their brains. What they store in their brains are opinions, and jokes, and one-liners, or pick-up lines, things that don't requirement any long-winded explanation, like Trump's tweets. I would really like to know what information really does stick in Donald Trump's brain. It must be a series of phrases that begin with great and end with horrible.
What Trump and all of us should be aware of is that the cloud can hold all of this fluff that we create and make it a permanent archive of our mindlessness. And there's nothing we can do about it. Nothing we can do to stop people from downloading it, cutting it apart, reformulating it, creating out of your mouth whatever they want you to say. These are not alternative facts. These are alternative scripts, which is what they're supposed to be. We are not supposed to be creatures living our lives anymore. We are supposed to be creatures living a life and then having that life recorded for our audience to witness, and then having that record restructured to make it appear more whatever. What is a moment if it is only to be used later to make another moment?