The Infestation

Data visualization—and narrative—exploring the internet and its infestuous growth.

Work — The Infestation

About

How often is social media on your mind? The technologies we create silently effect our psychology and it seems a majority of us don’t even realize these effects. Or possibly, refuse to look at the negative impact our creations may have on us. It started as a relationship where we would program applications, However, it seems now the applications are programming us.

What`s missing from this electronic wonderland? Human contact.

Discount the fawning techno-burble about virtual communities. Computers and networks isolate us from one another. A network chatline is a limp substitute for meeting friends over coffee. No interactive multimedia display comes close to the excitement of a live concert.

And who`d prefer cybersex to the real thing?

While the Internet beckons brightly, seductively flashing an icon of knowledge-as-power, this nonplace lures us to surrender our time on earth. A poor substitute it is, this virtual reality where frustration is legion and where—in the holy names of Education and Progress—important aspects of human interactions are relentlessly devalued.    

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