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wired (wìrd) adjective
1. Equipped with a system of wires, as for electric or telephone connections.
2. Slang. Equipped with hidden electronic eavesdropping devices: a wired hotel room.
3. a. Reinforced or supported by wires. b. Tied or bound up with wire: wired bundles of newspaper.
4. Slang. Well connected, as with high-ranking members of an organization.
5. Slang. Very stimulated or excited, as from a stimulant or a rush of adrenaline.
personal space/time relevancy: Issue #1 through 1995 when the web hit. after the web, there was no need for it. like all great things, it brought about the end of its own necessity. possibily mirroring the human species. - @Om* 5/17/00
A century and a half ago man extended and superseded his organism through the use of the electric technology of the telegraph. In an instant the velocity of human communication and the ability to coordinate human activity reached its uppermost physical limit, the speed of light. This phenomenon has been described by Marshall McLuhan, in _Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man_, as an extension, or outering, of the human nervous system.
After three thousand years of explosion, by means of fragmentary and mechanical technologies, the Western world is imploding. During the mechanical ages we had extended our bodies in space. Today, after more than a century of electric technology, we have extended our central nervous system itself in a global embrace, abolishing both space and time as far as our planet is concerned. Rapidly, we approach the final phase of the extensions of man - the technological simulation of consciousness, when the creative process of knowing will be collectively and corporately extended to the whole of human society, much as we have already extended our senses and nerves by various media.
- Mark Pesce - _The End of Man: A Cybernetic Eschatology_
From its first issue, the magazine's infectious and often absurdly gung ho enthusiasm for both the Internet and the global technoeconomy has been informed with a kind of secularized Teilhardian fervor.
Along with Kevin Kelly's paeans to the coming neo-biological
civilization. Wired regular John
Perry Barlow is also a hard-core Teilhard fan, who announces in the
magazine's pages that the point of all evolution
to this stage is the creation of a collective organization of .Mind."'
And in an online interview, the magazine's cofounder Louis Rossetto tipped
his hat to Teilhard and the Jesuit's influence on Internet culture. "What
seems to be evolving is a global consciousness formed out of the discussions
and negotiations and feelings being shared by individuals connected to
networks through brain appliances like computers. The more minds that connect,
the more powerful this consciousness will be. For me, this is the real digital
computers. not networks, but brains connecting to brains."
- Erik Davis - _Techgnosis: Myth, Magic & Mysticism In The Age Of Information_
Human beings are born into the world almost as wired for music as we are for talk. From lullabies and rope-skip chants to national anthems and pop tunes, music is one of the primary ways that consciousness get shaped by the culture around us. In the postwar world, when the "teenager" was invented and the commodification of music kicked into overdrive, music became the raw material out of which budding adolescents helped define their bodies, their pleasures, and their selves. The modern tribe was invented, as young people congregated around their own sound, look, and slang.
But music does more than shape our social or cultural selves. Of all the arts, music comes the closest to mimicking the form and structure of consciousness itself. Though music can be measured or objectified as soundwaves or waxy grooves or notes on a page, it arises within an essentially invisible world "inside" our field of awareness. Similarly, though we find ourselves embodied in a world of bodies, that inner world, which is the "place" where we hear, also unfolds as an invisible flux, a virtual tapestry of pattern and vibration, thinking and feeling, memory and desire.
- Erik Davis - _The Future Mix_