Like other videogames, Technodelics are immersive, closed feedback loops that are centered around the player’s intrinsic enjoyment of play. But where they differ from other videogames is in the purpose of their core mechanics. Rather than engaging the mind with competition or problem solving, the technodelic actively disengages their player’s unconscious habits of self centeredness, and sinks them into a humble state of presence.
These words are taken from the Technodelics Manifesto
published last April. Technodelics are technologically-mediated, psychedelic experience. The concept has been around
for a while, and it matches the 60s psychedelic culture with the contemporary VR one. Its putative father is Terence McKenna
, the “Timothy Leary of the ‘90s”. The manifesto presents the release of Soundscape, an experience which utilises the player’s breath and voice instead of a controller to generate lights, geometric forms and guide her into a meditative trance. It’s the early days of a novel industry of wellness.
Along with this rebellious and almost puritanical, luddite stance on health, healing and being more natural, there is also a rebranded religious disdain for science and technology as something that interferes with our energy like a genetically-modified apple of temptation that corrupts our garden-of-eden-dwelling true nature.
If you look at one of the most complete accounts of QAnon
, the conspiracy movement born on 4chan (and BTW counting at least 35 former or current US Congress candidates among its ranks), there are some stricking similarities:
QAnon is a movement united in mass rejection of reason, objectivity, and other Enlightenment values. And we are likely closer to the beginning of its story than the end. The group harnesses paranoia to fervent hope and a deep sense of belonging. The way it breathes life into an ancient preoccupation with end-times is also radically new. To look at QAnon is to see not just a conspiracy theory but the birth of a new religion.
To be present, without getting sucked into pure selfishness and gullibility, has never been so complicated. 🤷🏻♀️