We are past the tipping point of noise and volume.
Even if you keep your face buried in a screen at all times, you cannot keep up with the “noise”. Not even the most connected (or tuned-out, whichever term you prefer) teen can keep up with the deluge of information. The internet is no longer a place you can go to get information. It is no longer a passive thing. The internet now, or specifically services that run on it, “pushes” and feeds” and “notifies” us with constant information.
Also, it seems to me that we have reached the tipping point for volume of movies. It has become clear this year what was hinted at in recent years: there are so many movies that we simply cannot keep up. You and I remember when there were a handful of huge movies a year and a handful of huge stars.
Remember when a movie with Julia Roberts or Tom Hanks was the movie that everyone knew about, anticipated, went to see, talked about? Not any more.
This year, Hollywood saw a significant drop in revenue. And not because there were/are no good movies. There have been fantastic indie films, Hollywood big budget films, foreign films, online films. There are just too many.
The deluge of information and movies is like drinking from a firehose.
The noise and the volume show how desperate and how easily conditioned humans are. But what does it mean for us? I don’t know. But I’m sure it signals something.
What I do know is that it also present opportunities. One opportunity I see is for someone who can sell (or preach, whichever term you prefer) peace, contentment, real happiness (not brief thrills). An example might be Sam Harris’ new book, Waking Up, in which he talks about spirituality apart from religion and why we seek happiness (or at least, not-pain) and how to meditate.
In any event, we can no longer see the trees for the forest; drinking from a firehose is blinding.