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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
cbertsch
Not So Cyberspace
I've spent the last few days in a household where technology, especially related to the internet, is a topic of great interest. Most of the people I've seen during my visit have a strong online presence. In spite of these circumstances -- or perhaps because of them -- I have had no burning desire to engage in virtual communication. The pleasure of spending time with friends who have sustained my interest and affection for a great many years is far more important. Because these exchanges usually have an aura of the could-become-work-if-everything-breaks-right about them, though, they also remind me that distance collaboration still tends to come about through proximate conversation. In short, I would have an easier time making the connections I need to make if I lived in a place where I could arrange the kind of meetings where body language is a crucial component.

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From: e4q Date: September 15th, 2008 08:25 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

body language

i recently met a friend who i hadn't seen in over 20 years. we had quite a painful discussion about the horrors of 80's feminism. it was a heartbreaking conversation, and one which could only be had in the flesh, i think.

and, what do you mean by "could-become-work-if-everything-breaks-right"?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 16th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: body language

In the flesh is good. Better than I could have imagined, back when I was wishing that my own would melt.

I just meant that a lot of the conversations among the people I was hanging out with are the sort in which, whatever the ostensible topic, there's always the shadow of possible employment cast from somewhere overhead.
From: e4q Date: September 16th, 2008 07:08 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: body language

yes, i did think you meant that but couldn't be sure. no body language, see?

i know what you mean, and not just employment but also just creative projects and general can-do-ness.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 16th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: body language

I'm not averse to the possibility of "free" exchange being instrumentalized in that way. It's just that I spend most of my days in contexts where that sort of conversation is less frequent.
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