Mixed (up) Reality
I've been warned. I was preparing to write this piece when the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) took over my computer. I feel certain it was a foreshadowing event. Maybe I should reconsider the topic and my irreverent thoughts. Spending two hours on the phone with Norton to help with the BSoD even further cast a looming feeling, but some things simply can't be denied. Mixed (up) Reality is one of them.
Isn't it obvious our reality is already mixed up? Do we really need to add to it AND purchase more devices to further integrate it/IT? Blasphemous, I know. I'll be condemned by the IT overlords and even more so by my cyberself for not following (purchasing) lockstep. But, I have enough to deal with and it's evident the world does, too.
I am losing my way and probably my soul, but so far, my zealousness for using tech terms as an overlay for personal experience has not faltered. Here is TechTerm.com's official definition. "Mixed reality is a blend of physical and virtual worlds that includes both real and computer-generated objects. The two worlds are 'mixed' together to create realistic environment. A user can navigate this environment and interact with both real and virtual objects."
Again, I don't need any help with mixing up my reality. I'm an expert. I know how to code confusion, and I code my peculiar sense of clarity rather well, too. I realize my perception and beliefs upload my virtual world. This is true for everyone - we each live within our own virtual worlds. This makes a mixed up reality - unique perspectives mixing and merging, continually moving in and out of alignment, sometimes out of recognition, and often into something new. It's not a bad thing. Although, it is often confusing, complex, and challenging. And yet, our mixed up reality is also colorful, capable, incalculable, and most of all, creative.
Algorithms, data, and computer-generated objects are only a piece of the puzzle. I'm walking on thin ice and feel the need to back step a bit. I'm not vowing independence from IT, nor am I an anti-IT revolutionary. I like my Facebook friends and Siri and Alexa. And yes, my phone is an appendage. Perhaps all we really need is to code more compassion.
Amends made, shadow lifted.
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