nearlya Only the most exceptional people become aware of the Matrix :P I took the red pill years ago myself, so you’re not waiting for me! 

 Metaphysics and philosophy, hey? Theorists would tell you that science fiction is just us catching up with metaphysics and philosophical paradigms like The Cave. Most people would say metaphysics is science fiction! But…. at the end of science fiction the era of hyperreality begins. The materialization by the machine and the system of production becomes a Promethean premise. All simulation is reality and all reality is simulation? ….to an artificial mind all reality is virtual… (…now I’m watching the Animatrix like the total nerd I am, dammit!). 

Have you read Baudrillard’s work on simulation? 

“Simulacra of simulation, founded on information, the model, the cybernetic game - total operationally, hyperreality, aim of total control.” 

“When there is no longer any virgin territory, and thus one available to the imaginary, when the map covers the whole territory, something like the principle of reality disappears. In this way, the conquest of space constitutes an irreversible crossing toward the loss of the terrestrial referential. There is a hemorrhaging of reality as an internal coherence of a space that follows that of the planet is equal to derailing (dematerializing) human space, or to transferring it into a hyperreal simulation.” 

(All Baudrillard - Simulacra and Science Fiction) 

Fun fun fun!! 

im grateful to you people who randomly helped me when i wanted to die so badly and you didnt even know me. thanks even if you dont see this my gratitude is floating around somewhere. thanks for making me at least halter in my steps, even if it didn’t change my mind for a long time even if i was stubborn in believing death was the only thing left, it did something to pause me for a moment in time…thanks…maybe i’ll make it to 100 years :P

I get where you’re going with this and I appreciate your ideas - because this is a great example of some ideas I’ve been having.. but don’t quite know how to work into words yet. But I’m not sure it helps me measure the social exchange of art online or the presence of art in large digital consumer driven environments. Artsy having no interest in Tumblr isn’t so much a overarching reflection of the art community on Tumblr, but instead their decision not to use a particular social media site for PR. They are on Twitter and Facebook… no one generally has any money on those platforms either. If anything, I would say that their interest in using social media is low because their engagement factor is low and thus less effective - which means less time is spent on it.