Cyberspace is a domain characterized by the use of electronics and the electromagnetic spectrum to store, modify, and exchange data via networked systems and associated physical infrastructures. In effect, cyberspace can be thought of as the interconnection of human beings through computers and telecommunication, without regard to physical geography.
Cyberspace is the latest incarnation of the “social brain” and therefore, it is dominated by the social hierarchy.
Every six months or so I try to understand wordpress.com stats, as if someone at WordPress has figured out that the “stats” as presented on “stats pages” of a blog ought to be of use to the owner/user of that blog. They’re not, and for one reason: these pages are “window dressing” – that is, the numbers have no validity, but are presented as lists, graphs, and charts labeled with obscure titles that actually mislead the blog owner. How do I know? Hundreds of forum questions asking for definitions which are (reluctantly) “explained” in mindboggling obscure language. Identical questions can be found going back FOR YEARS – the solutions “offered” have expired, due to changes in that seem to accumulate like mutations in lab rats.
One might “guess” that software design would attract Asperger types, but this is a falsehood in terms of our “love” of simple, practical, WORKING design; stress-reducing clarity and not Byzantine torture; superhighways of communication, and not goat paths to nowhere.
How many dead ends can a blogger survive without descending into madness? The adjustment that must be made on the user’s end is to “give up on” communication as the object of blogging. Communication requires “feedback” from the real world of actual visitor activity, but there is none. Attention-seeking neurotypical bloggers may be satisfied with pretend numbers, but Aspergers want real numbers.
Cyberspace lacks obvious logic; the interface with the “public user” needs to be about human needs and abilities. “Cute” does not convey information; obscure labels do not convey information; generic graphs do not convey information; starting an instructive sequence many layers into the problem merely obscures the problem. Directing a blogger to a label (that no longer exists) because someone “liked” another label better (whim or function, who knows?) changed it – and “the system” has no way to convey this to users or to remove misinformation.
How many MILLIONS OF HOURS are wasted every day over this rigid, but chaotic, impenetrable mess of “wiring” – which when you get down to it, is what all this cyber mega-communication is. The U.S. economy suffers from “not producing real things” which for some vaguely snobbish reasons has become passe and only fit for second and third rate countries. Instead, the economy relies on the belief in “magic money” which is the manifestation of male emotional volatility regarding “value.” What is value? Not a quality of a specific product, by any means. Value has become a statistical construct, a direction on a graph, a prejudice in a trading program; the profit enabled by cheats in cyberspace.
Ask a simple question: never get a straight answer. The “barriers” to receiving information have become enormous; learned helplessness on the part of consumers is an epidemic due to intentional walls that have no door or window. “Give up trying to reach us, you stupid consumer” has replaced conscientious interaction. The Wall of unavailability is everywhere, and even more final that steps that define the pyramid. The top of the pyramid has become a fortress that prevents all attempts at requiring accountability.
The vehicle of digital communication has utterly failed – even it’s best promise (massive data exchange and sharing) has become a huge liability when data can be so easily compromised – but NOT SHARED between “cooperating entities.”
But why? BECAUSE IT’S DESIGNED BY NEUROTYPICALS Few people have any idea how to structure information so that it is useful, because this can only be done if hoarding and clutter are kept at bay – a system must be “alive” and not the accumulation of bad ideas. New information is of little value if the old and out-of-date “stuff” clogs up the highway. Neuroptypicals have a severe fear of blank space and the “danger” of using concrete words; fill it all up with repetitive modules and irrelevant text – and never-ever fact check.
The Neurotypical problem is the same old social problem: selection of “who gets to decide” is based on SOCIAL STATUS and not on expertise. Systems are designed to “feed the ego” of whomever has power on the pyramid. Or worse, a committee is rounded up to work out a stalemate that keeps anything new or even satisfactory from happening. Inattentional blindness takes over; junk proliferates because no one dare “throw out” what is useless (judgment of quality and excellence is forbidden at all levels of American life) The result is a “new digital world” that is the “same old neurotypical world” in which simple questions have no answer.
NOTE: The bullshit just gets deeper!
I linked the Asperger human blog to google+ about two weeks ago, and the total views has climbed to 300,000. This isn’t believable!