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Definition of Digitalism © at Digitalism.org © and Digitalism.ca © by Anuppa Caleekal ©
Digitalism is a cultural interaction between the user and technology where the process of this interaction has been evolutionary rather than revolutionary in terms of man’s utilization of digital technology.We now enter an Age of Digitalism where the evolution is markedly more mature from the early stages of digitalism which had transpired more than a decade ago at the start of the 1990’s. The Age of Digitalism , now almost a quarter century later is visibly and apparently more mature and markedly pronounced with the development of what i call Homo sapiens digitus. ©
The experiential gain from this process of interaction has increasingly adapted man to the utilization of the internet and Google as primary and integral to the standard apparatus of information exchange.
This was a natural and free process which evolved itself across the world when the internet became available into the hands of society. As Bill Gates opened the gates to Windows 95 it literally started it up. This free flow of culture sprouted not only with the internet but man also had the GGG experience. The GGG experience is Google anything and everything, Gather information and Gain from this experience of using Google as the brain’s accessory tool to search and store information apart from the sole dependence on the brain’s functional capability to explore. I think, therefore I am online and I Google.
Digitalism is a cultural and evolutionary way of life affecting all domains of man’s activities resulting in changes in behaviour, knowledge and attitudes within a network of free flow and exchange of digital data. It is becoming universal but not necessarily homogeneous to outcomes in terms of its adoption and adaptability.
The evolutionary transformation of both man and the world gradually adapting and adopting to a world digital ecosystem affects realism and how we have always known the world to be. Our worldview is progressing to transform itself from having a presence not only in the real world but a virtual presence on the internet. This is thus an extension of the realism we have been familiar with in the past. We are what we are but we also have a digital self image or an extension of the realism of ourselves and surroundings which allows the world to see us from anywhere and interact with us as well. I think, therefore I am online.
In the Age of Digitalism, there are networks and interactions between various digital spheres such as politics and e-governance, defence and warfare technology, economics and finance with e-commerce, video multi media advertising and consumerism, philanthropy , online banking and e-transfers, sports and gaming, the arts with digital art and photography, communications, news , entertainment, journalism and publishing with social media , e-books and e journals , medical and engineering with robotics, medical digital imaging, DNA bar-coding, genomics, crime and forensic applications.
The interplay of these digital spheres along with cell phone technologies is the melting pot in this free flow of culture and as it goes on and on by a continuous intermingling of these spheres, man evolves through memes which replicate into various fields breaking traditional areas of specializations becoming seamless and border less.
How does this new worldview of Digitalism blend with man’s human nature to control his domain and territory? How does man acquire evolving needs of adaptation to technology while preserving instincts and perhaps developing new human instincts? Will we designate and transfer our responsibilities, functions and needs of the human brain on to the next generation of societal machine head computers? Will we engineer digital extensions of ourselves? Will we function as ourselves or as our digital images? Will we ever be able to separate ourselves from a digital world ? This is what we shall see in what I call Homo sapiens digitus, © in the journey of the evolving Man in the Age of Digitalism.