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Western Culture, while producing some fantastic technological, artistic and societal wonders based on a rational scientific approach, is still a culture which has not developed appropriate measures for the human instincts to posess and control. The instinct to procreate while not being reflected in the birth statistics is pandered toward in sexshops and on the internet (some might say that these are appropriate places for it). In this sense then, western culture is no better than any other culture.

In fact one might suggest that it is worse than all other cultures. Its nett effect on the world is that it consumes the majority of the resources in the world and produces by far the most greenhouse gases, and is continuing to do so. Further, it has through its "success" encouraged developing cultures (such as the Chinese) to follow in its footsteps.

Yet, there are experientially rich cultures where consumerism is unknown, and people also lead happy and fulfilled lives. Isn't it time more of this kind of life attitude makes it onto the internet? Can one even reflect such experiential content digitally? YES, of course it's time, and YES, with rich content (multimedia), one can provide a glimpse of the experiences of people in other cultures.

It might also be important to digitise information for purposes of information and preservation of the culture.

Dave plays an excellent devil's advocate suggesting that the western world is the root of all evil. Fortunately, I don't believe in good or evil, as they are very much bound to static perspectives. Rather I argue that the world is to be understood in terms of interacting complex networks which span different dimensions.

A static perspective is something that will definitely prevent you from seeing these dimensions. (See also A challenge for everyone - change your perspective)

Posted: April 21st 2007 06:36

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