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    The ‘all-at-oncess’ of the network penetrates our psyche.

    Unconsciously, we want to be in tune with the immediacy of the grid.

    A lack of presence is incompatible with our electronic environment.

    Detachment is the highest value in a literate culture.
    Detachment is absurd when you are connected to everyone and everything.

    Our electronic media simultaneously push us towards and tear us away from the roots of presence.

    We are torn between two seemingly incompatible sources of now: the ‘here and now’ of the real world, and the ‘real-time now’ of the virtual.

    Sitting in front of a computer, staring at a monitor we lose our tenuous link to the here and now all around us.

    Trapped in a chair, our body is numb, frozen, disconnected from our thinking and experiencing. Our peripheral vision is turned off. Our sensual landscape narrows and becomes all figure no ground. The crucial mind, body, world circuit - which is the source of all presence - is broken.

    But we’re at a turning point.
    The tablet is the first baby step towards reawakening our bodies from a long slumber.

    Gesture is becoming an interface and a language.

    “When a medium is coincident with life, the last refuge for humanism is gone. The long story of humanism — by which I mean the emergence of individual consciousness as a byproduct of our language and literature — comes to an end when we return, futuristically, to doing everything by hand.” - Gary Wolf

    The next generation of ambient, tangible, and biological interfaces will begin to truly merge the real and the virtual into a single reality.

    The roots of presence will once again flow from a single source.

    Physics and metaphysics will become one.
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    “[The net] makes the measurement of the self nearly inescapable, and makes the archive the model for the self rather than engaged presence.” —Rob Horning

    This was true in the past but
    as the dominant metaphor of the web shifts from pages to streams
    from objects to flows

    our model of the self is also shifting.
    When the web was slower and made up of mostly static pages
    our identity could be found in our archives.
    But now our archives are being buried under a flood of nowness.
    Our identity emerges not from the collections of our past
    but from the many ways in which we touch the present.
    It’s a new kind of presence ...
    One that stretches beyond the here and now
    and bridges the gap between our real and virtual lives.
    Now has become the membrane between us and the network.

    If a tree falls in the forest and nobody retweets it does it make a sound?
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    Our relationship to the Now touches the core of what it means to be alive and ultimately defines how we relate to everything in our world including ourselves. Strip away the religion from the teachings and Presence is what everyone from the Buddha to Jesus is preaching. Enlightenment, salvation, awakening … these are all just labels for being fully in touch with the present moment.

    Our literate culture detached us from the present by tearing our body and mind away from the world and burying them in the printed page. Our senses were “short-circuited”(David Abraham), severing our participation with the here and now.

    “The most important, the primordial relationship in your life is your relationship with the Now … If your relationship with the Now is dysfunctional, that dysfunction will be reflected in every relationship and every situation you encounter.” E. Tolle.

    As we began to wrap the globe in an electric web of instant information, we felt a shared urgency to shift our awareness back to the present moment. Unconsciously we recognized that our lack of presence was incompatible with the “all-at-onceness” of our new electric environment.

    The counter cultures of the 20th century were all experiments in realigning ourselves with this new electric Now. We found old paths to the present in music, drugs, meditation, yoga and eastern religion - all tools for retuning our awareness towards the Now.

    But the satellite surround that turned us on in the sixties was still in its infancy. It’s one-way broadcast never fully penetrated our consciousness. The real time web that is emerging today is ready to burrow into the very essence of our being.

    The real time web is our new awareness.
    We live inside it.
    We are inseparable from its flux and flow.

    The meaning of Now is changing. The next generation of tools that we build to hook us into the real time web will fundamentally alter our understanding of presence. We are, without knowing it, laying the foundation for a new kind of spirituality.

    Who should we get to build this new Now? Programmers? preachers? Drop outs? Drug heads? Artists? Architects? Maybe we should get some kids on the job. Little children have an effortless way of touching the present that most of us lose as we get older.
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    ... that we are wrapping in the real time web.

    There’s a new sense of Now emerging from the web
    and it’s starting to become more present
    than the here and now in front of us.

    The events in our lives only seem to come into full existence as we post them online. A moment that can’t be digitized and shared in one form or another is in danger of never happening.

    Our parents took photos to try to hold on to the past.
    We take photos to create the present.

    We point our mobile devices at the things and events in our lives not to remember them but to make them real. This concert, this forest, this meal with friends hasn’t really happened until it’s made its way online. The cutting edge of experience is shifting away from our senses, moving outside of our consciousness, and getting entangled in our electronic media.

    Now has become the moment
    when the fragments of our ‘real’ lives
    are released into the cloud.

    Now is now the ephemeral membrane
    between us and the network.

    “Google organized our memory. Real-time search organizes our consciousness.” - Edo Segal
    Thu, Feb 11, 2010  Permanent link
    Categories: real time web, presence
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