Part 1: The Internet & Social Media: A Hydra holding Pandora's Box

Philosophy moves slowly. As well it should. And for so much of history this pace was not so much of a problem. But change affects all, philosophical truths and norms included.

Now, sure, the world has always been changing. But it should be clear to all of us that the world is changing faster and faster, and arguably at a pace that seems beyond our control.

Philosophy moves slowly. Yet philosophy can never be resigned, as Nietzsche put it, to be merely a museum of ideas.

Today’s dialogue will feature Aedrian Shaene. He has worked in the technology and Internet industry from the early days and has been a university lecturer on topics at the intersection of technology, social media, and philosophy.

But I don’t invite people on the dialogues because of their resume or LinkedIn profile – I invite them on because of their ideas. An authentic philosophical dialogue, after all, is based upon on the quality of someone’s thoughts, reasons, and evidence.

A couple months ago, Aedrian and I began a conversation through twitter which lead us now to the dialogue you are about to hear. While we will both be offering our critiques of social media and the internet, it should be lost on nobody that these things are the mechanism by which we will speak to you and is tool that connected us in the first place.

And although the Internet and social media has all been around for less than my lifetime and many of your lives, it has, like both weed and flower, covered the globe.

Philosophy moves slowly, but the Internet and social media do not.

Part 2: The Net Isn't Neutral

I’m very happy to invite Aedrian Shaene back on the Dialogues. With this, Aedrian becomes the first repeat guest.

If you haven’t seen the first part (Dialogue 3), please go check it out, because this is a continuation of that topic. Which is, of course, the internet and social media. Aedrian and I continue our attempt at building a bit of the philosophical infrastructure around this modern and significant topic.

I hope you enjoy this episode of the Dialogues as always. I would also be very interested to hear your views on the topic – comment below, reach out to me, or, who knows, maybe you’d like to challenge some of the ideas presented on the show.

Part 3: Postmodernism, Individuation, and Social Media

What is postmodernism? What is its relationship to and impact on social media, the Internet, and your personal path of self-understanding and development? 

I’m happy to be joined once again by Aedrian Shaene. He is coming back for the 3rd time to continue, and possibly conclude, our series on the Internet and Social Media. If you haven’t checked out the first two parts I do suggest you go back and listen to them. But if you want to jump right into this episode you’re more than welcome, especially as I predict that this will be the most exciting and quite possibly, explosive, in the series.

Because this episode is all about one thing, postmodernism, and it’s relationship to the internet and social media.

We have danced around the subject over the past two parts and I know Aedrian has a lot to say and much of it, I suspect, to quote Humpty Dumpty, will be most provoking…