Perhaps, quantity is the biggest crime.
Look at the things done in bulk in society : mass consumerism, mass production, mass media, mass mobility ... all of them destructive of environment, of social values, of social trust.
I'm interested in SelfOrganization. And one thing I wonder is whether such mass behaviors can self-organize. For example, would large numbers of people spontaneously start buying and eating the same kind of food, living the same kind of lifestyle etc. unless prompted from the outside. The alternative thought is that large numbers spontaneously organize themselves into heterogenious behaviours rather than homogenious ones. (PowerLaws)
The epidemiological intuition is that a disease is either virulent or deadly, but seldom both. Fashions (memetic epidemics) can sweep through a population, but normally expire equally rapidly. Mass consumption, which combines breadth with longevity, (virulence with deadliness), may be an unnatural behavior - driven by external forces (marketing, government support) - rather than a spontaneous, self-organized behaviour.
Speculation : Perhaps natural systems would never produce mass homogenaity which is destructive to ecological diversity (either cultural or environmental)
My recent thought is that the problem with all the massxxx is that it is focibly flattening the structure - breaking the rule of fractality (see: FractalSociety, OnGranularity or my own [Scale http://zby.aster.net.pl/kwiki/index.cgi?ScaleFreeGranularity Scale Free Granularity]). --ZbigniewLukasiak
My own thought/preference is that monocultures are just boring =) Or, to put it another way, lack of diversity leads to lack of evolution, and without this progress we are dead, in many ways - we lose our sense of individuality and our sense of time, because we have no benchmarks. Thus, what I call PolyCulturalism (I suspect it's a real world but never checked) is a vital part of existence, IMHO. I believe that we as intellient beings naturally pine for it - a pining that manifests itself in today's culture through things such as drugs/alcohol (a very personal, individualising experience), blogs ("hear my thoughts!"), and the rise of an entire "personalisation" industry (e.g. mobile phone ringtones, etc). Long live the polyculturalists! -- GrahamLally
George Kennan : > There is a real question as to whether ‘bigness’ in a body politic is not an evil in itself, quite aside from the policies pursued in its name
McDonalds' effect on apple production in the US : http://www.guardian.co.uk/food/Story/0,2763,1443677,00.html
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