The general idea of »Dis/Connected« came up in my mind when I slowly got tired and more and more angry about the collection and misuse of personal data by cooperations like Facebook, Google and alike. »Dis/Connected« is my first album with a general idea behind it.
It takes you from the start of data collection in the »Rechenzentrum« (data center) to dangerous places like the »Filterblase« (filter buble) to the place where you hopefully realize, I have to my devices more often. That’s the happy place, when »Digital Detox« begins…
Rechenzentrum, the place where the data collection starts, the place of big personal data of you.
»The impression that we are in control of a game is key to its addictive nature […]« 1
»These accomplishments are experienced as mini rewards in our brains, releasing the neurochemical dopamine and tapping into the same neuro-circuitry involved in addiction, reinforcing our actions. Despite its reputation as a pleasure chemical, dopamine also plays a crucial role in learning, cementing our behaviours and training us to continue performing them.« 1
»Part of the reward of social media is the sense that you are important. ›You can be alone in your house but have a million Facebook or Instagram friends – it can put you in a false reality‹« 2
»There’s a real sense of motion sickness that accompanies this accelerated pace of change. The German sociologist, Hartmut Rosa, calculates that since pre-modern times, human movement has increased hundred-fold, communications by a factor of ten million, and information transmission by ten billion. The amount of raw, accessible information we have access to is orders of magnitude more than it was just a few years ago, never mind a generation ago. Yahoo has the historical financial statements of every public company in the United States; 20 years ago you had to ask each company to mail you hard copies. Twitter is less than 5,000 days old, but it spits out 200 billion tweets a year.« 3
Dopamin, Dopamin, Dopamin…
say -o whispher -v whisper -r 50 “Hello my friend. Welcome to your echo chamber. I built this world for you. My artificial intelligence and algorithms keep you safe. I know whats best for you. I know you better than you think. I filter away the bad stuff. I make your life easy. Dont think. Just swipe, touch, enjoy. Loosen up. Everything is allright. Relax. Swipe, Touch, Consume.”
Wenn Aufmerksamkeit die Währung des neuen Jahrtausends ist, bitten uns Soziale Netzwerke ständig zur Kasse.
We must destroy.
say -v ralph “Welcome to your Echo Chamber. My virtual room for you where my algorithm amplifies and reinforces your view of the world by repetition. I sort the news for you. The more you like a certain point of view, the more my artificial intelligence feeds you with the same ideas, information and opinions. I reinforce your existing view by eliminating distractions. I don’t care about political or social polarization and extremism. If you believe in an ideology, I show you everything you like and everything you want to hear. Welcome to your personal echo chamber.”
Turn off, find yourself and relax.
The original photo was taken by Ben Weber and published via Unsplash.com. I refined the photo with Glitché, an iPad-App.