[-empyre-] clarification...


flaming, bashing and creating are a part of a process. Sorry to sound like a spoil sport. Robby's questions were totally in line with the topic...

I am just commenting on the fact that we try and look for differences so much instead of stepping forward creatively together and collaborating on something discursively unknown.

I started out the month with one cruel comment saying that meaningful expressions are a dime a dozen and I appologize, in my previous comment for treating the last handfull of comments as though they were worth 10 cent. That is wrong.

Yet this thought keeps playing in my head, and also something Fred Dewey, an LA based thinker talks about. How more then anything else, the US 2 Party system is based around sealing the deal on the illusion of basic binaries in American politics... and that more then anything else in the US, the most dangerous thing to do would be to come together through difference and find common ground. This sounds like so much happy talk, but really, sociologically, on this list, what really is the range of opinion? I doubt at its core that the differences are huge.

Why do I spend the time looking for differences instead of building common ground and making it productive towards some unknown?

By unknown I mean the following- I have so many holes in my understanding of how this vast hegemonic empire functions and how unmeditated difference occurs none-the-less in spite of this vastness.

Pick something, anything. We could all participate in learning.

Maybe it is progress-
So Lets play.

Man, looking back at the original questions below, it seems as though the current topic goes right along with the matter at hand. I think I addressed many of your ?s from my own regional/cultural/social place, and it seems as though Robby has dealt with said in his questioning also.

I am not sure we have broken so far from the discourse.... And no one said we all agree, but maybe were trying to clarify individual points of view in a manner which is illuminative but so as not to bash or flame. This seems to be one metric of making collective network endeavors (moderately) successful: stepping back and reconsidering/rehashing/redefining. And then remaking. Better than arguing and destroying I think...

This conversation and the topics at hand this month have been of particular interest, and I really appreciate the moderators, guests, and other contributors continuing to fill my inbox with more information than I will be able to properly digest for a good while. So with that we can all continue to create, consider, create...(flame, bash, argue, create)

So Lets play.

I. Questions- of Precepts...
1. Who are we when we think of a network of spaces?
2. Who are we (this is a super-fucking-inclussive we... I want to be a part of any club that will have me and want anyone to be a member of my club as long as they are members a club that is meaningful.)
3. What is OUR common denomonators
a. what values do we share
b. what ideals
c. what goals
d. what resources
4. What are our differences?
5. Who are we in our local cities and scenes and how does this relate to our more global we?
6. How do we distinguish ourselves from the those that are clearly not us?

On Nov 29, 2005, at 10:35 PM, marc wrote:

For me, this thread is a great snap-shot of our current moment and a weakness of our collective discursive practice.

We all agree in the end! And that is all we learn!
Where has this conversation gone?

This is the atomization of our intellectual heritage and future so that we have no agenda besides stating our opinion.

Christina and I set out an agenda in week one, and I set out an outline entitled "play ball" inviting collective engagement towards progressive problem solving.

Weeks later, we are bickering (me included) about things that seem like we can all somewhat agree upon.



On Nov 29, 2005, at 9:23 PM, Ryan Griffis wrote:

On Nov 29, 2005, at 7:00 PM, marc wrote:

I would imagine that we could collectively imagine that there is a
hybrid practices between the web and the "meat-world" (great term). And
that we could collectively allow for a functionality on both

i think Robby's post is meant to be a bit (or more) provocative here (of course, i've been known to be wrong!). and his crit of tech lines up with some of the other concerns about the false promises of IT to deliver democracy, so it's not without some sound foundation. Read Hakim Bey (aka Peter Lamborn Wilson) lately?
Trebor text posted earlier i think also asks some great questions that had a couple people on his New Media Education challenging the effectiveness of IT for the purposes of the left.
Anyway, i think the whole dichotomy thing IT/anti-IT is kind of a distraction and a bit of a red herring... were people arguing over whether or not the printing press was going to change the world for the better, lift up the oppressed, just by being produced?
it did no doubt change the world, but it certainly didn't eliminate oppression, as our reality testifies to.
great posts.

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