In this currently hypermediated e-globalized world, anonymity is increasingly omnipresent. The ramifications are startling. Anonymity becomes a virtual veil allowing the individual a level of remove from his actions, behaviors, and decisions. This remove enables a sort of desensitization to any resulting consequences s/he would have faced in the erstwhile pre-hypermediated world.
Let’s take a look at a cross-section of society:
The Media Sphere: With the growing lack of accountability that anonymity fosters, we are left with our current state of ersatz unqualified ‘information’ streaming our media and clogging the pipes of intelligence. At best, the individual is left with inordinate amounts of data at exponentially lightning speeds designed to make it a near impossibility to ‘consume’ it in its entirety.
The Public Sphere: The public arena is globalized, whether we agree, disagree, acknowledge, or ignore it. Man has mediated this into his quotidian reality through electronic technologies. Add to this arena man’s effective agency at the individual level, and we have a veritable powder keg on this playing field. The action(s) of one has the very real potentiality of affecting all. The negative ramifications become compounded when anonymity is the umbrella over all this.
The Private Sphere: The demarcation between public and private is dangerously razor thin, especially when the individual can ease into and out of both spheres as easily and as often as he breathes. Cases in point: tweets, social media forums, ‘reality’ tubing – all with the ease of a few clicks or taps, depending on your e-device of choice. Another case in point: ‘big brother’ on your local street corner, backyard, or grocery aisle.
The above are a few examples just barely scratching the surface. The end result is another impetus for the paradigm shift Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) proposes. Remember, IPT argues for a paradigm shift from the phenomenological-metaphysical dyad to an infinite creative potentiality (ICP)-ultimate freedom (UF) collaboration via the powerful ICP catalyst.
In the former paradigm, the phenomenological is the realm of the senses – the a posteriori knowledge Kant agreed is available to man. It runs counter to the metaphysical realm of the thing-in-itself – the a priori knowledge Kant argues is not available to man. If we were to go along with Kant then, man is limited to the phenomenological subject-only sensory experience of the world and his reality. He is forever challenged to circumnavigate the metaphysical from which he is excluded.
Shifting from this paradigm to the ICP-UF collaboration, IPT argues that man is not only privy to both realms, he is an active agent of both as a critical necessity. Furthermore, rather than a counterpoint dyad, the paradigm is interactively collaborative whereby ICP realized through the ICP catalyst mediates UF.
The so-what factor (SWF) Examined:
Justification for the IPT paradigm shift is in calling for an absolute liberation of and from the self – and all related fetters of the self and of being entirely in the self – the individual is also free from the negative repercussions of the erstwhile paradigm. Rather than exist in a dualistic counterpoint dyad, s/he flourishes in an interactively collaborative sphere creatively empowered and ennobled with a truly absolute liberation in UF. No longer is s/he caught in the mire of the a priori trap. Instead, s/he is absolute liberation.
Of sense and consequence, we opt out for realization in creative empowerment and ennoblement any time, any day!