Too Lazy to Differentiate

I’m reading a publication about a data distribution system which proposes, to its advantage, to regionally segregate data servers by average user demographics in the region.

It occurs to me that the reason for segregating people by race, creed, color, religion, sexual orientation, etc. is not because there’s an innate need to differentiate, but because it makes it easier for the human mind to design systems that categorize communication (including systems for navigating close interpersonal relationships, like “Men are from Mars…”).

This publication suggests differentiating  data by interests of, e.g., urban youths and ethnic minorities; perhaps thinly veiled stereotyping, even profiling.

It’s like we’re too lazy to tailor our communications for the individual to whom we’re speaking, and we’re too lazy because¬†it seems like — “why bother” when we’re exerting SUCH an enormous effort to categorize and tailor human communications but still end up with broad categories that perpetuate stereotypes.

The systems of communications that should be aiding human interaction might be getting in the way. Yet we press on – hoping the next system will really “get it.”

What if we designed communication systems that really delivered finely tailored and personalized communications between human beings?

Oh, yeah. Wait. We’ve got mouths and ears for participation in a communication system called “talking and listening.”

(… says the pot as it writes this blog and then Tweets about it!)

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