In this current moment we’re in it is tempting to perpetually look for solutions. When reflecting on our fatigue, and lack of creativity in online discourse we might identity problems; say for example, the fact that the Zoom grid we find ourselves in, is symmetrical, where our identities are not.
At this point there are two avenues to explore: the technological or the humanistic.
The technological one might look for new digital means to break that–for example Microsoft’s shared background in video calls–as a mean to create a shared sense of space. But that is, a pseudo-space: and in fact a pseudo-reality. Solutionism relies on simulation.
The psychological, humanistic approach will accept reality for what it is, and ask for additional thoughtfulness and reflection from those in the grid. I intentionally avoid the term matrix, which came up in a recent conversation. The matrix, being a fictional, pseudo concept, is in itself a form of mediation. When we operate in pseudo-spaces, we compromise for pseudo-identities and mediation of creativity.
Solutionism comes with a cost: more technology create more mediation, adds fraction to communication, and make it harder to individuals to wholly show-up, and develop a space of co-creation and thirdness.