Dear All attendees of ‘How has Technology changed the way we create self identity’ Brainplay last week.

It was quite a varied and meandering discussion that had its pros and cons. The topic was broad and thus it was natural that we covered such a breadth of ideas and comments, learnt a lot, and yet could have spent the whole evening on defining identity.

Below are some key points noted from the talk and at the base of this is a link to similar events.

  • Has technology actually changed us, comments rising that we’ve always been deeply empathetic yet perhaps it’s the freneticism that tech has introduced that has made things feel more acute?
  • Thatcherism & Reaganism introduced a culture of individualism that we are yet to move away from, understand or measure, most highly described by the enormous growth of Social Media.
  • The concept of a technology enabled “false” social media lifestyle is similar of wartime Propaganda.
  • Attendee James recommended the film Hypernormalisation (which is amazing, if not completely harrowing!) and in the film it talks of the Soviet Union’s lie to itself – that everyone puts on the image that everything is fine yet below the surface people are losing complete hope – is that being reflected in a post-2008 financial crash right now where uncertainty is scary yet building an image on social media is one of the few things you can control. How healthy for a society is it to completely be lying to itself?
  • The 4hr full documentary ‘Century of the Self‘ was a recommended as well.
  • The term ‘Online Citizen’ was discussed as how internationally based people chose to identify themselves.
  • “Every generation struggles with adopting new technologies” – are what we going through just natural and a direct result of technology in the first place – was the printing press a bigger change at the time?
  • “The Democratic process no longer represents us in a digital manner”…”The current political systems were set up in a non-digital world”
  • “The important dates are the ones we realise we have a responsibility”
  • The Victorian era produced a better and more accessible education system, improving communication tools and languages, thus a better tool for self-reflection.
  • Due to technology it is being noted in scientific studies that young children under the age of 10 are experiencing structural changes to their brains. Is this temporary neuro-plasticity or is tech actually changing brains permanently?
  • “Was Brexit just the political version of Strictly?”
  • Recommended read: Technology vs Humanity
  • As referenced earlier in the talk, via Hypernormalisation, it’s healthy to look up to something rather than abolish the process of politics – so what type of politics are we looking to create? “Google knows more about me that a politician, who can help aggregate data to make more effective decision making??”
  • The notion of Liquid Politics was introduced. How make politics more human-centric by enabling the personal transfer of a vote to someone you trust in order that they may make the right decision on a topic of which they are more learned.
  • Quite simply for the UK it’s time to move away from the failing ‘First Past the Post‘ system.

“I’m in sales and go home and I think I spoke some s**t today but that’s nothing compared to a politician!”

We thank everybody for their attendance on the evening and hope to see some familiar faces at the next Brainplay: The Changing Infrastructure of Protest.