[-empyre-] Geez, I was just kidding....

Deena Larsen deenalarsen at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 16 13:25:38 EST 2012

 To reply to Jonathan:

It looks like the self-confessed troll views herself as playful as she says:
"Most of what I do, I do with great jest and playfulness. I'm not trying 
to hurt anyone's feelings, I just want to make people think and laugh 
along the way."

I was always beaten up at school as a child (I was funny looking, small, and had no social cues at all--aspie was not a diagnosis then, but I fit it anyway).  And kids would pound me, stick "kick me" labels on me, etc.  When I complained, they would say it was all in fun.

Many emotional abusers hide behind "What's the matter, can't you take a joke?" So... the notion of fun and playfulness has always been rather suspect in my mind.  Does your fun begin where my nose ends?  

To tie this to prev(c)ious discussions, I wonder how do our own notions of right and wrong, "play" and "harm" enter into our  artistic practices?

Deena Larsen
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