The Technium: The Improbable is the New Normal

On the internet, we regularly see feats of extremity and acts of improbability. Does such constant exposure have adverse effects, desensitising us to the nature of these events when they do occur?

“Every minute a new impossible thing is uploaded to the internet and that improbable event becomes just one of hundreds of extraordinary events that we’ll see or hear about today. The internet is like a lens which focuses the extraordinary into a beam, and that beam has become our illumination. It compresses the unlikely into a small viewable band of everyday-ness. As long as we are online – which is almost all day many days — we are illuminated by this compressed extraordinariness. It is the new normal.”

The Technium: The Improbable is the New Normal

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