How To Navigate The Newsphere

imagesWe long for connection, a hunger for awareness of the other. We are evolving through our connections with each other, which are becoming more complex, powerful and sophisticated. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin defined this as the noosphere, the glue that binds us together in a cosmic sense. It is an integral consciousness—the understanding that the human is the “axis and arrow of evolution.” This web of connections is a source of often untapped energy. It is how we grow and change both individually and collectively. Technology helps us grow this global network of complex connections in dynamic and powerful ways.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin defined this as the noosphere, the glue that binds us together in a cosmic sense. It is an integral consciousness—the understanding that the human is the “axis and arrow of evolution.” This web of connections is a source of often untapped energy. It is how we grow and change both individually and collectively. Technology helps us grow this global network of complex connections in dynamic and powerful ways.

However, despite our “hunger for awareness,” the primary motivation to send and receive news, we are often deluded and unaware. “What stares us in the face is often the most difficult to perceive,” wrote Teilhard. We must wake up, break through the illusory world of news that deludes us, and take responsibility for our own power and the deep dialogue that is possible. The role of perception is critical in the news environment. Teilhard believed that the whole of life lies in seeing—in learning to focus on what is essential and important and to see with more perfect eyes.

Teilhard believed that the whole of life lies in seeing—in learning to focus on what is essential and important and to see with more perfect eyes. See or perish: this is the human condition. “The history of the living world can be summarized as the elaboration of ever more perfect eyes within a cosmos in which there is always something more to be seen,” says Teilhard We must focus our eyes correctly and recognize patterns.[i]

Here are some rules for navigating the newsphere:

  1. We are all connected.
  2. We evolve through our interconnectedness.
  3. We satisfy our innate hunger for awareness when we consciously consume and create news and information. .
  4. We use technology to help us build and maintain connections.
  5. We are often not aware of our interconnectedness.
  6. We must “see or perish.”
  7. We can design news networks that sustain and support our interdependence.
  8. We are called to build an integral form of journalism with ourselves at the center.
  9. We are more powerful than we know.
  10. We evolve the newsphere when we take action and balance action and acceptance, an integral worldview.

 

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