Subject: Re: Why Things Eventually Suck
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Lynch)
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 15:15:19 GMT
On 12 Nov 1997 11:24:35 GMT, email@example.com (Dr. Derek
>First, someTHING occurs, or exists. Almost by accident, some odd people
>stumble across it, are attracted to it, find it resonates with 'em, what
>have you. As they pursue this THING, they find others who are in pursuit
>of this same THING. As time bores on, a social climate develops. This has
>a rather peculiar quality about it, as in this social environment, ANYONE
>you meet already has a high probability of having a certain set of things
>in common with you, otherwise they woldn't be there in the first place.
>So, friendships develop faster, people are more prone to talk to
>strangers, arch-nemesis are found, social interaction generally takes on a
>higher level of severity.
Still, then. What you're seeking is a refuge FROM. "Help me escape
the world". "One day we'll all be on the Saucers and nobody bad or
stupid will ever be there." The problem? Anything that lives only IN
OPPOSITION TO or self-limits by size will be by necessity weak and
ineffective over the long run. It's consigning oneself to a doomed
minority. With breadth, you avoid the comfort of belong to a group of
people EXACTLY LIKE YOU; you are forced to deal with idiots who are
worse than you are; but you ALSO can find people who approach what
you're approaching from different angles. For instance, take the net.
People say "before '95" or "before fall '93" or whatever. But you
know what the Internet was back then? I'll tell you what. A BUNCH OF
SMELLY COMPUTER GEEKS! That's right, the biggest "common ground"
among them was a fanatical devotion to emacs. Now we have the cretins
from WebTV, for instance, and even that's not such a bad thing because
it gives me an AUDIENCE to invoke my eldritch will through. And
people who have an audience ought to be heard. But better still,
there are, for instance, CHICKS on the INTERNET now! Would you
BELIEVE it? I've actually MET people I knew from the Internet, people
I probably would never have come in contact with otherwise. People
who, three years ago, would definitely NOT be using the net. Yes, I
think alt.slack is better now. I think the Internet is better now.
It is a big mess, but I can clean my OWN plate.
>As for the special social qualities retained in its more obscure days,
>come now. Prove yourself WORTHY of the giant orbiting spinning salvation.
>Sure, a dobbshead t-shirt isn't enough anymore. But, a dobbshead t-shirt
>accessorized with a SHEEP'S HEAD on a STICK will pretty much do it.
>Before, in the Good Old Days, just having his piped visage on your person
>was evidence that you're "weird". Now, you have to make your weirdness
>SELF-EVIDENT. I certainly can't consider this a bad thing.
The forms of holiness are NEVER constant. It is no more difficult for
me to appear different now than it was in 1985. The Dobbshead is a
handy label, but it is no more an emblem of worthiness than the
priest's collar. These things must be worn in honor, and the spirit
This message was posted through a fly's ear, and you have to have
a fly's eye to see it! * DAVE #1 * HELP SUPPORT SEMANTIC TERRORISM
"There are other worlds they have not told you of"- Sun Ra|PRABOB!