“Your current frequencies of understanding outweigh that which has been given for you to understand” – Saul Williams, “Coded Language”
If you want to understand what this blog is about, then all you need is that one line. Or, to be more precise, I believe that this short excerpt throws up many interesting questions to consider in light of our present cultural moment.
The sentiment expressed here speaks to a world that has, paradoxically, become increasingly divided as technological advances have made us ever more connected. There is an ever-present tension between the life-improving potential of new technological advancements, and the alienation they have caused as a result of becoming the default mediators between ourselves and the world in which we live.
In the age of Instagram influencers and fake news, it is far from a new observation that our increasingly online lives have often had the effect of alienating us from reality. Even so, it remains an area that is under-appreciated in today’s cultural discourse: we often talk about what we are consuming, but often forget to think about how we’re getting our information. Our media environment has changed almost totally in just a few decades, and it would be naive of us to assume this has had no effect on our relationship with the information we receive.
The aim of Current Frequencies is not to rant against technology and propose a return to some sort of pre-internet ‘golden age.’ It’s to explore how the digital currents which now facilitate our cultural engagement and discussions have changed the way that we communicate, and in what ways this has left us out of tune with each other. In other words, how frequencies of electrical current have impacted our “current frequencies of understanding.”
This is a space for pieces of writing that consider both how technology has impacted society and the way we communicate information, and what effect these technologies have had on art and culture.
Ideally, Current Frequencies will become a collaborative space for writers who want to consider these issues. It is important that we discuss the cultural impact of technological advancement, and the best way to do that is to bring as many voices into the conversation as possible. Please get in touch if you’re interested in collaborating in any way.