Lil B – The Age of Information
“I'm on computers
Searching on the internet for answers, given to me
It's like I'm married, I'm watching the bloggers heavily
TV is ran by money, how am I supposed to be?
The truth is near me, I can hear it and I can feel it
But are we dumbing down for technology and the cost of living?”
Where’s the meaning?
Perhaps there is no one more attuned to the realities, incongruities, and life-zapping potential of the “internet age” than the BasedGod himself. In this low-key jam, Lil B shows off his uniquely paced flow while musing on the way that he and those around him change and lose purpose as the information flows freely at unparalleled speeds. While he grants that information and technology mobility have led to massive and important progressions in our society, the BasedGod presages that society has not kept up with rapid technological change – and that this has “hurt the race, and you know why? Because all we do is judge.” In this melodic and flow-y jam, Lil B contextualizes his thoughts on the “internet age” into whether or not it has helped our society and our people lead better lives. – “Are we really winning? These nuclear bombs, nuclear war. What's going on.”
Are the negative externalities of the internet age presented by Lil B - increased depression, lack of genuine human interaction, dumbing down of society, distraction, etc – truly the result of technological advance? If so, how can we learn to operate in a healthier, more beneficial way in the face of the new “internet age”?