True communication dissipation indicates a full tank of thought, a provisional suspending of present certitudes, but also keeps attention, lucidity, presence. On the contrary to true communication dissipation, digital fun buttons [en, blog] create and impose attention external to oneself. That is, like once upon a time within the previous century, the case for web 1.0 [en, wiki], where all attention and critical thinking was being (and still is, for some) directed and dominated, together with your expression ability and contribution restricted to the viewing user’s sub-identity.
Another contrary to communication dissipation is encountered in social media coverage, where again the attention is imposed by a well-formulated event, external to yourself, of which you knew beforehand happening, by newsletter, tweet stream or press release to which you could assist by planning it into your google calendar [en, php] and then read about it, copy+paste-it or retweet it.
All these distractive means do not allow you the respect to express yourself through communication but steal it away from you. They are pattern-generated, automatic, typical. You precisely know your self-expression rights will be restricted for at least a few tweets, posts, calls, for it is not YOUR content that you dissipate. This can all be admirable, sometimes, but that does not mean respecting one’s true self, it actually means discounting/disdaining it (“it”, formerly “him” or “her” as a person).
All this does not mean bringing life to communication, but killing it, dismissing it, painting over the issues of dislike, and selling it to yourself for more than its worth. It is the painful tendency of the digital spirit, both online and offline, to map patterns across others, even the most spontaneous communication expression and dissipation. This pattern-mapping does not have any connection to harmony, to rhythmicity, to relevance, to what truly, extensively is the relevance of any human life, but simply usability [en, wiki]: from one message to the other.
You cannot ever more surprisingly, more richly, more fulfillingly live your life, than when you dissipate communication by expressing your true self and respect others for who they are, not for what you or anyone else intended or wish for them to be(come). As a matter of fact, only after you truly respect others, you can understand and accept them.
Otherwise, you scatteredly waste your vision, waiting to be agreed upon. You genuinely express your pattern expecting to be resonated with. You mentally project the expectations of behaving towards being (living).
In some other, more tragic cases, you just follow so that you can retweet; you subscribe only to copy+paste links; you only blogroll to be link exchanged or you add “friends” just to have your face booked by the criteria of all definitions set by yourself.
You are no longer a living being. You have become a pattern.
You have become a metaprogram or, even worse, a meta-type. Instead of controlling your metaprograms and meta-types (as they are not evil in essence, but can become so in use), they have ended up controlling you. These are the mind-lines according to which the digital people live, but to which they never consciously subscribe, invite, add or follow.
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