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[- [ED] side note to velocity
By JenniferNigg, Section editors' corner
Posted on Mon Feb 9th, 2004 at 01:59:26 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
The difference between what is called "real" and the so named "virtual" has many facets. Recently, when I became stuck into slow-going, time-absorbing work, with almost no contact to others, I came upon the rate of interests....


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An apparently indefinitely number of days and nights I was staring at a lot of paper in order to finish my graduation work. Spelling, Grammar, Commas, Wording. Almost no contact to the world outside, self-reference. Numerous pages in black and white, prepared for their live as dusty and silent rectangles in the library (no pity). It made me think about the somewhat other paper. What is the difference between typing into my paper with the well-known (well-supposed) destiny and typing into the paper of Discordia? First thought: attention. Is this the reason why I gave up keeping a diary and turned to write E-Mails instead? So what kind of attention do I address to? Perhaps the most important difference between the “real” and the “virtual” paper is a question of time: Of course the library aims to get attention like any www-site does. But have you ever watched out for the person, who borrowed a specific book, have you been after him or her to wait for the right moment to approach, to tap on the shoulder and ask: Excuse me, would you mind talking about this book? While standing in the library to test this potential proceeding, watching out for an interesting book (trying to get a glimpse of the titles), it occurred to me, that this is exactly what I am fascinated about: The numerous ways people are concerned with and the numerous topics they are interested in. I returned to my post and attended Discordia. And it was so much easer to come to know the topics you are concerned with and how you handle them. Velocity is not an improvement, this is what Paul Virilio writes, it is just a transmutation: What has been far away and foreign becomes near and familiar and we ourselves become our unknown...... continuative investigations…

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[ED] side note to velocity | 2 comments
[new] Reading, writing and attention (Avg. Score: none / Raters: 0) (#1)
by Aileen on Mon Feb 9th, 2004 at 09:19:45 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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Reading this, the first thing that came to my mind was the memory of when I first came to Linz, rather urgently in need of a way to earn money, and started working as a waitress. Since I was fortunate enough to work in a place frequented by interesting people, who liked to read interesting books during their lunch breaks, I was able to enjoy some fascinating conversations, because I always asked people what they were reading. Now, many years later, I am still in contact with some of those people (I'm even still married to one of them), so of course I think talking about books is important.
On second thought, though, I realize that a situation like that is unusual. Where else do people enjoy reading, and where else is it not impolite to interrupt them? As a waitress, I had to interrupt their reading anyway, when I brought something to the table, so it was a good time to talk. I would never interrupt someone reading on a train or an airplane, as I don't like to be interrupted myself, certainly not in a library.
What is the difference between reading on the Internet and writing on the Internet? I read a lot on the Internet, both because it is part of my job and because I enjoy it, but I don't feel a need to communicate about it that often (just as there are obviously many more people reading Discordia than posting here). If people write on the Internet because they want attention, whose attention do they want? Do they get the attention they want? How well does that actually work?

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