I'm thinking about asking the guy some questions in his upcoming AMA on Reddit. (I don't think my shit will be answered because I suspect this to blow up like whoa.)
[update] It's live and gathered
1900+ 2300 Comments within one Hour, 400 of these within the last 5 Minutes. Holy shit.
I just posted my question (which is more remarks than question, repeated below), but honestly, I don't think the guy will be able to answer 10% of this tsunami. We'll see.
For instance: „Why is your critique on postmodernism based mainly on one critical book besides your readings of original sources? Shouldn't it be the responsibility of a scholar to gather a broad variety of sources?“ or „I don't think the legislative enforcement of language politics is the real problem, but global social pressure through social media which puts everyone at the mercy of everyone. Do you agree, especially regarding your (maybemaybenotmis)interpretation of BillC16?“ or „Is God a Meme?“
„Something like that.“
— Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) 22. Mai 2018
Here's my question:
Hi Dr. Peterson, greetings from germany. These are more remarks with a concluding question, but I hope you (and others) will read and add their comments. Thanks in advance!
I'm working on a new understanding of memetics in regards of modern social media dynamics and influences of social mass and technological interfaces. Your work is of high interest for this, as I think what we are seeing (not only) in political discourse, especially within identity politics, is a manifestation of „personal mythology“ in the form of „identity as personal doctrine“ which, ofcourse, has to be respected at all costs. I think this leads us into the toxic wasteland of discourse we are seeing today.
The key element here is the Meme, which is a rather new-ish term for „unit of idea“. In my view, a meme consists of many versions of that idea, like: God is a Meme. (You called this „the common set of ideas“ on Joe Rogans Podcast). This Meme manifest in many different forms like Christ, Buddha, Jave, and so forth. Another example may be something banal as „Anthropomorphic Cat“ which manifests itself in „Garfield“, „Felix the Cat“, „Tom (& Jerry)“ and so forth, or something quite more serious like „Antisemitism“, which manifests itself in Trolling on 4chan, antisemitic Carricatures or, you know, the Holocaust. These Manifestations are different virals of the same mythological mechanism, I think they have their roots in both storytelling and evolutionary psychology and they seem to be universal among humans and the Internet/SocialMedia has ramped up the speed and mass of those Manifestations a manifold.
Also: The problems don't stop there: AI is about to make every visual and narrative aspect of human text computable and available with a click, the scenario should be a perception which is completely editable and configurable by every individual, which would increase the pressure of Intersectional Viewpoints even further. Maybe even rightly so. Then, I can click my visual perception, my auditorial perception, manipulate the whole world in which I live and build my very own mythological world, which is, in your words, meta-true. My online persona is already editable and configurable today and we are seeing were this is leading on social media.
Would you agree? And if not, why?