Parallel Universes and the way we experience “ourselves” right now

A thought popped into my head about web use. Recently I’ve randomly heard/read quite a few interviews which have dealt with the idea of parallel universes. And my proposal is this:

Could it be possible, that by branching off all over the web, each of us as individuals are creating are own parallel web universes? If I create seperate identities for Twitter, wordpress, gmail, aol, yahoo, myspace, facebook, etc, etc…Am I not in effect allowing for these seperate identities to thrive and flourish on their own accord?

Depending on the name I choose, picture I present, and general identity I create, this character will interact with other characters in a very unique way; not unlike the physical me in another universe, if the theory is in fact true.

 So are we not previewing, maybe the inevitable reality we each face as human beings, through these web services? Possibly as a way to ease into the notion of actual parallel universes..

This could also mean that having Multiple Personality Disorder actually may stop being a disorder and just being the norm. in society. It may be more beneficial to your own life if you can show off how the original you has branched off into a variety of creative ways. This could even be a way of courting someone. “Oh you JUST have a facebook account..that’s kind of boring”.

In the near future we might each expect/require that we each carry around a variety of personalities at one time. Or socially required…but I may be stretching here.

It could have very well all started with the PC game “The Sims” back in the 90s. The dynamic is different now, as our “trusted” politicians tweet, our favorite celeberties have facebook accounts, and if these characters are only existing in cyberspace, there’s no definite way to ascertain if they are really human.

We also see this “Comment” culture that lives totally anonymously online. Again you can adopt a new identity for each site you comment on. Forcing yourself to wonder “Who is the real me? And maybe we truly are entering an age of mind expansion where the limited physical self, with a singular ego will no longer feed the machine of evolutionary thought?”

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Facebook thought of the day

I’m very fascinated by social networking sites, especially Facebook and Myspace. It’s a phenomenon all to it’s own and I have the great privilege to live through it. (How great I’m not so sure?) But I had this idea surrounding Facebook.

What if all of this recording of data is really two fold in its implications. The first reason, which tends to be more cynical, airs like this. The internet is free to use, unregulated, and open to anyone with a computer – but only for a 15-20 year time period. During this period of time, data mining operations are set up across the world, and we are all being individually mined for later use. Whether it be for that government job interview, promotion, or in case of arrest, used against or for you in the court of law.

The second reason for it, which could tend to be more subconscious on a worldwide consciousness level, sounds something like this. All of this recording of data about ourselves, our pictures, our words of wisdom, quotes, are likes and dislikes, is data that we will thankfully have access to when we are much older. We may run into the much dreaded, but on the rise Alzheimer’s disease. Our family will pull up all our files and they will desperately try to get us to respond to anything from our earlier days. Alzheimer’s is a severe example. I should say any disease or accident that occurs, which impairs memory loss – like a stroke/acute amnesia of some sort?

So of course the glass is half full or half empty with both cases. The paradox of the first being that we have all this online freedom to represent our individuality, yet if its all just being used for market research and how to better take aim at our demographic, what are we sacrificing in the end?

Even through blogging here, I’m realizing that I’m too much of a paranoid cynic at times. Although these ideas really lead to sci-fi novels/movies. Maybe my kids will be entertained by them done the line. We shall see.