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“OWhat are you watching this night? » How many instances have we heard this little phrase that augurs the worst puzzle? While in a couple of a long time the Internet has taken possession of all properties, streaming provides an infinite selection and every member of the household – who has their very own display screen(s) – tries to care as finest they will an annoying habit to compulsive zapping, algorithms alert, recommend, advise, even when it means complicated us.

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“We lost the night. » It is with this clear observation that the president of Arte, Bruno Patino, opens his edifying essay, Submersion, published last October. The advent of the smartphone, the reign of the network, the permanent connection have made us goldfish destined to go around in circles in a fishbowl without ever being able to stop. Now, with the infinity of information, choices, and possibilities available to us, the time has come for overwhelm, infobesity, overproduction, and incessant noise. The goldfish is carried away in a flow that it no longer controls.

Digital deluge

On average, as Bruno Patino points out, we humans spend nearly 40% of our waking time online and touch our smartphone more than 600 times a day. When we want to watch a program on Netflix, we must choose from the 32,000 hours available. To listen to music, it's even worse: music platforms host nearly 37 million additional songs each year, an increase five times higher in 2022 than in 2018.

Not to mention YouTube, which rakes in 500 hours of new videos every minute, which would take each of us 30,000 years to watch a single year's output. How to overcome vertigo when faced with the field of possibilities? What are the remedies to avoid being suffocated by this cult of choice elevated to the rank of religion? How can we not be overwhelmed by the digital deluge announced with generative AI? In SubmersionBruno Patino gives us some ideas.

  • Trust. To choose, you must not only be in a “technical” and human capability to make this selection, however above all you have to specific your confidence within the individual proposing it. Those whose job consists of orienting, prioritizing, clarifying, sorting (journalists, programmers, researchers, and so on.) should due to this fact supply a “guarantee of reality”, a certification on what exists and doesn’t exist.
  • Discernment. This is the situation sine qua non to surf on the submergence and make it controllable. You should transcend your first instinct, the preliminary and subjective feeling of particular person expertise with the intention to clearly distinguish issues. “Wisdom and philosophy, pause and silence, are and will be, well beyond technology, the forces which make it possible to master the extraordinary possibilities of the network and turn them to our advantage. »
  • The dream. What if we found the clouds, the real ones? What if we no longer made the network our sky but rather our ground, on which we could build, move, meet, and thus clear the horizon, restore its infinite and inaccessible dimension?

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