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[new] The positive side of Discordia (Avg. Score: none / Raters: 0) (#8)
by Aileen on Sat May 8th, 2004 at 01:54:40 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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This strikes me as a wonderfully subversive approach, Amy. Of course, it could just be interpreted as a rationalization, or it might have more to do with my own personal problems with the "attention economy" of the Internet, but the suggestion - which I am reading into your description of the positive side of Discordia here - that posting to Discordia has no - or at least very little - "capital value" in this attention economy is something that I find very appealing. This also strikes me as a very fertile context for "remnants". I would see this as a kind of free space - free from the pressure of positioning oneself, enhancing one's reputation, etc. - where unfinished ideas can, in fact, be pursued, where "thinking out loud" is possible and others with pertinent, related or intersecting ideas and questions may join in or not, depending on their own interests and needs.

And of course the pond reference reminds me of one of my favorite poems by Emily Dickinson, which seems especially apt here:

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us - don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

(Apologies for the lack of references, this is one I memorized when I was about 14, and I still know it by heart.)

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