A lovely bit of cabin fever


Fallowing the logic of the saying “you are the company you keep” I try to be around interesting and insightful people. To my surprise and I immense disappointment, my peers had not only provided me with mediocre answers but they all said the exact same thing in just so many different words. One of my questions was whether they think that adults should have phones during work hours. Their replies ranges from:

“Yes, I think that for emergencies, all adults should have a phone and keep it with them in case of emergency, but I do not think they should take time during work to answer personal messages. Being at work should be devoted to work time, not personal time”

to the similarly statement of

“I think that in our day and age it is important for any independent individual to have a phone with them. They should be responsible, of course; a nurse probably shouldn’t leave an IV hanging out of somebody’s arm to go answer her phone. But if there is some sort of emergency then it is important for them to have their phones on hand.”

While I am culpable for asking such an elementary question, I was not expecting my peers to respond with the answers that the educational bored has been hammering, beaten, and stuffing into students’ minds. However, not all of the answers that were repeated were the result of brain washing. Some of the more refreshing responses were answered to the question:

People are greatly motivated by pleasure/happiness. It is my theory that society was able to progress in order to supply more pleasure. Based on my theory do you think that the digital matrix would help society evolve faster or not?

One response that is simple and clear is: as a result to communication overseas become easier and easier research is done in synchronization manner regardless of people’s location. A more flavorful response is: “Here’s my real view on the matter: I think that certain aspects of society will evolve faster, but we will lose many in the depths of tumblr and porn”.


A meaningful answer that fallowed me the whole day in an almost daunting fashion was a reply to the question:

The digital has opens has access to everything. As a result do you think that the digital matrix is able to bring out people’s true personality or do you think it creates another layer of superficiality? How come?

“Many social websites will foster the need for another personality; one that is better fit for online interaction, based on whatever is “cool” at the moment. However, many people will be motivated, having found groups of people with similar interests to theirs over the internet (whereas they would not have been able to find their niche before, and possibly moved away from their passion)”.

This response can easily be compared to taking the red pill. Once the pill is swallowed it is possible to distinguish the false-happy- reality from the men-eating-robots-reality. While this response does not include consumptions of any sorts of flesh, it does to touch the concept of being aware of what is happing oneself.


I find that interviewing peers is who are around my age about the digital matrix is a psychologically messy job. Other than the fact adolescence are very easily distracted by tumblr and 9gag, teenagers are also on very different playing filled when it comes to thought process. During the earlier years in the cycle of life children mostly maintain information passed down from adults. Adolescence is the time period in which older people stop teaching their juniors their codes and ethics and let those “young minds” flourish. This would appear as brilliant other than the fact that some adolescences still repeat what adults had previously thought them, while others are able to develop thoughts of their own. This made the interviews very unique from one another because the subjects were not on an equal level of thinking.


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My experience of being indulged in the digital matrix can easily be explained by comparing the experience to Newton’s first law. An object (my emotional state) that is at rest will stay at rest unless an unbalance force (bubbles that the digital matrix is creating) acts upon it. It is necessary to clarify that I observed my phonology while watching a season premiere of an action based show. Before I started watching the show I was mostly calm yet slightly anticipate. Once the show started all my calmness metamorphosis into excitement and I felt a connection to the events in the show. My emotional state altered from reasonably calm to slightly overwhelmingly excitement as a result of interacting with the digital matrix, in my case that was watching a TV program.

This observation leads me to conclude that television programs act upon people’s emotions which lead to a disturbance in their emotions’ rest. However, this is the purpose of watching television and I speculate that having one’s emotions toyed with is an acceptable price to get a small healthy dosage of excitement and thrill. It is necessary thought to know that one’s emotions are being tugged otherwise an unhealthy addiction will manifest and will result in destructive side effects.

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HW 2 interaction with screens log

over the course of 24 hours, starting at midnight and ending at midnight, I had interacted with screens for approximately 7

reflection bubbles:

– I spent most of the time listening to music

– I like catching up on shows that I missed

-this is relatively small amount considering I want to sleep at about midnight

-Hmm I went to sleep at midnight and I considered that fine

– I should re-evaluate my perspective on sleeping

questions based on my thought bubbles:

– Do I prefer interacting with screens over achieving basic necessity such as sleep?

-What aspects of the digital matrix do I enjoy more than others?

-Am I ever in awe as a results of the digital matrix?

– Would civilization have been able to progress at the rate it did if there was no option to experience joy?

thinking about bubble:

I find it slightly unhealthy that I prefer to spend my time in front of a screen rather than going to sleep. However, I also understand the logic behind my unhealthy habit. Most nights I look up a subject, I than continue to look deeper into the subjects by looking at different representation of the subject such as art work, video, discussion boards, and or other critics opinion. While this process does take up several hours I do feel better and better educated in the certain aspects I looked up on a computer. For example a few days ago I was looking up stories about coming of age to further deepen my prospective of a book I am reading. I ended up watching a film about coming-of-age story that ended with the main character being raped and killed. This not only triggered sadness (which made me happy that I watched a good film that emotionally moves people) but I was also able to deepen my view of the book I was reading. I think that my skewed opinion of temporary pleasure produced by the digital matrix is negatively effecting my health.

thinking technique

the thinking technique I used in writing my brief paragraph can be summed up as the ” narcissist desperately trying to justify their unhealthy habits technique”

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HW 1: Initial Thoughts on the Digital Matrix

As a person who lives in house with a person born form a different millenium than myself, I believe that I am privileged to say that “times have changed”.  This is mostly a result of the paramount increase in the usage of electronic devices on daily bases. The skew in the usage of gadgets is so great that it has now become a sort of habit of people to become either obsessed or paranoid of their devices. Many people will tell you that the digital evolutionary is bliss and heaven, many other believe that it will mark the end the future of humanity as we know it. Both of those assumption, while they might seam extreme, are very sound thought and it is simple to see that they are based on logical thinking. The effects the digital matrix will have on mankind is still an enigma due to it being both a blessing and a curse.

To keep things on an optimistic side I will begin by explaining the gains and prospers that are the result of the digital matrix. The digital matrix offers anyone the possibility of infinite knowledge at the tip of their fingers. Every scrap of recorded knowledge that was able to survive to this day can now be found on the internet in either writing, video format, and or audio format. Not only is the information available but also the majority of it is simplified and abridged, at least the more crucial facts, so anyone can is capable of understanding it. The digital matrix also allows us an Artificial Paradise in which we can either numb our brain on short snippets of comedy or stuff it with with awe of  all the beauties and masterpieces ever created and achieved. People can easily find the right stimulants through the use of digital matrix that triggers the chemical reaction in the brain that results in different emotions. The digital matrix has become the ultimate shrine of both endless knowledge and an endless torrent of entertainment.

While the digital matrix does appear to be salvation it is also, most definitely, an abomination. The digital matrix leaves us vulnerable and weak. As the result of the huge influence of technology in people’s life, every person’s life is now on display, life savings of thousands are now up for grabs for anyone who knows to reach out, and the threat of totalitarian government is becoming more and more realistic. As a result of social media people’s life are on displayed in a similar fashion as merchandise in shops windows. People’s life long careers can easily be snatched up and broken into thousands of peaces as a result of spreading certain privet codes on the internet. While this may seem overly romanticized it is  by no means fictional, governments all over the world are able to control the lives of civilians weeks and months before any discovery are made. By entrusting our self to the digital matrix we are creating endless opportunities to ruin the world as we know it.

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