The Humem State: The Emergence and Establishment of our Extended Presence
Our extended lives, beyond personal interactions, leaves traces, especially now in the digital age. We leave comments, status updates, write stories, and more. This information helps create our digital profile or our Extended Presence (EP). And this EP existed well before the digital age–consider any pre-digital personality that you have an impression of based on the writings by and about them. This public image is not only related and connected to its origin, but also can take on a life of its own.
Brook’s The Humem State takes this concept and postulates that these EPs should be given recognition beyond how they belong to the original subject, but have their own independent legal recognition. He compares this not only to the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights, but also the same trend to give legal protections to non-human yet highly intelligent animals like orangutans and gorillas. While the idea of giving your social media profile its own legal status may be odd to most at this point, data mining takes those same social profiles to create an identity that marketers use to target you with the car, politician, cheese, and more that they think you’re likely to purchase. It isn’t that far of a step from being a marketing profile to being a defined identity used legally to protect itself.
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