Our identities are based upon our Ethos. Our Ethos is the sum of our actions. Our actions are based upon our choices, and today’s choices are becoming standardized down to “believe the device, or do not believe the device.” With our actions distilled down to use and belief (or lack thereof) in our mobile interface technologies, what is the governing force behind our actions… the man, or the machine?
Today’s mobile interface technologies (MITs) allow us continual connection to digital information, internet connections and social media. The use of MITs, such as smart phones, has become so ubiquitous that most people do not even realize how much time they spend per day interacting with their MITs in conjunction with (or indifferent to) their face to face interactions. In fact, we refer so regularly to our MITs that we have entire vocabularies for our interactions (such as “google it”). This consistent mediation of our interactions through our MITs begs the question, “who is deciding what… the man, or the machine?”
Ethos is the key component to our identity, and our Ethos is the sum of our actions. Our actions are choices, and choices are based upon the information available to us at the time an action is taken. With each mediated interaction, especially unconscious mediation, the average person’s choice is simply “believe the device, or not to believe the device”. Therefore, how many of our actions are directed by what we receive on our MITs? And if the majority of our actions are based upon information obtained in the moment from our MITs, how much of our identities are formed by the machine, not the man?
In this presentation, I explore how our identities are mediated by our mobile interface technologies (such as the use of google maps, and other real time information applications) and what that may mean for individuals and communities in the 21st century.