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The Digital Age and Social Change

Humyns are the type of beings that always must be in the mood. Anything that can manipulate our emotions provides us with resources to do what must be done. Even our leisure time comes from our activities; perhaps smoking outside on a nice afternoon is our picture of a good mood. These days, our lives are capable of controlling our emotions all day long. What’s changed the happiness of humyns is the availability of technology.

Just think about how much music we have; not even in the last two decades were we able to have so much music in one house. With the ability to own more than 250,000 songs and listen to music everywhere, emotions remain in our control. Music is meaningful to us humyns because it stimulates memories and redirects our feelings. What I’m trying to say here is that music gives us the creative power to manipulate mood, to manipulate the way we feel.

Every computer features a file management program which allow us to create playlists. Looking at my own playlists, I realized that each one caters to a specific mood. I have one called “Coolin”—various songs by J. Dilla, Big K.R.I.T. and Black Hippy—which helps me contemplate. As I discover new music every day the playlist amasses 15 new songs a week. Because of that, I supply myself with resources to help me calm down after an argument with my girlfriend or a hard day at work. Coolin for me is the mood of perseverance; it loosens the tense muscles and yields to productive actions.

It makes me think about how much more capable we are and I start to imagine the processes of new revolutions. What playlist of revolutionary mp3s can be assembled to get peoples-of-color past fear? In the digital age, peoples-of-color must think about the resources of mood for struggle. These days, the function of chants and African drums can be enhanced by external hard-drives and iTunes.  At rallies it should be the playlist—maybe called “Liberation”—that prepares the people mentally for their unconditional moral decisions.