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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Contextual and other forms of Collapse ...

humanistic ----------------------------------------------- mechanistic
group - population

"I will get through this."

what is invisible

"Nowadays, digital technology is transforming our lives at an accelerating pace. This sometimes feels wildly liberating. But it is often terrifying too, because cyberspace is so disorientating. More specifically, in the cyberworld there is a constant problem of what anthropologists call "context collapse": it is hard to discern the contours of social interactions because the factors that used to frame our cultural lives are only half-present".

"We will get through this together."
my emphasis

At times such as this - the COVID19 pandemic - we are all trying to maintain the semblance of  "I will get through this." and "We will get through this together"; trying to self-care and in-so-doing care for friends, family, community and the population.

At times when our cultural and personal lives are not even 'half-present', there is an increased need for sense-making, for balance and orientation. While the tool we seek is a vaccine and preparedness for the next one, there are tools to reduce the impact of the several forms of collapse we are presently  experiencing.

Please see also initial post:


- sourced from and acknowledged Gillian Tett:

Tett, Gillian. 2019, How ancient rituals help us adapt to the digital age. FT Weekend, Magazine, June 29-30, p.46.