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Mediums of Influence

Language, narratives, and the senses are three powerful (and general) means/mediums of influencing large groups of people in an asynchronous way.

  • Language is the means through which people communicate. Language can alter knowledge/data and there are often miscommunications in language. To avoid miscommunication, languages can be more descriptive (sometimes seemingly superfluously descriptive) like binary. Of course there are problems with making languages more descriptive, and that problem originates when taking into account how long it takes to transfer that knowledge/data. Talking in English is far easier and far more efficient for humans than it is to talk in binary, despite binary’s negligible chance of miscommunication. Note: when I refer to speaking in binary, I do not mean translating it into english words. I mean using binary to create every last detail of a situation. This would mean creating the dimensions, colours and various other properties of objects in the vicinity. Additionally, note that human emotions would be particularly difficult to create through binary.
  • Narratives are the mediums which encompass certain areas and influence people in that area. Note that people are not influence equally by a narrative, depending on the distance from the narrative’s centre; people are influenced in varying degrees by a particular narrative. It is much like an asymmetric web through which the influence is spread.
  • Our senses are highly subjective. To extend, our senses are chemical interpretations of energy. These interpretations become data. Then that data is converted into electrical energy and transferred to a particular area in the brain. This data is then interpreted by the brain and it is altered according to previous experiences. This can be extremely useful when remembering someone’s face or name. But it becomes a problem when considering change blindness, eye witnesses, and constructed memories. All of these are heavily influenced by how are senses interact with our environment and how our senses interact with our brains.

Language alone affects your social interactions with others dramatically. Firstly, you are limited to communication with others whom know the same language as you. Secondly, the way the language is spoken can affect mood, and change social norms in that area. Thirdly, when languages are translated, the meaning of the words may be drastically altered due to the prevalent cultural narrative.

Narratives influence people in a different way. Usually, for a cultural narrative to function, it must be prevalent in that particular area. Additionally, when travelling to an area with a different narrative, it often takes time to adjust to the new standards. Furthermore, you may maintain and become a locus of your previous cultural narrative, years after, despite the new narrative’s influence.

Senses influences us everyday of our lives, and it does so through an incongruous manner. Unlike narratives and language, senses influence us through arbitrary or purposeful miscalculations and alterations of memories and data. This occurs unseen and can create false assumptions. For example, if you were to view something like this:




The dots in the centre are the exact same size, but our brains interpret the sizes of the dots as different. This is due to the sizes of the surrounding dots, and the comparison between those dots and the ones in the centre.

The interpretations of all the alterations and constructions of information we have are what define philosophy. Language, narratives, and senses are the three main concepts that I think influence or interpretations of information and the information itself. If we focus on these three types of systems, we could discover information that was at first hidden or discarded due to these systems; we could find alterations that drastically change what it was before hand.


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