One of my friends was set upon by a blog troll yesterday and I was driven to much introspection overnight on the dynamic of this cyber society we inhabit.
“… the Internet relies solely on words. Words – in my opinion-which can be manipulated and misinterpreted to suit our own agenda …
One could also argue that by stripping interaction to its bare minimum – words- one is able to effectively strip communication down to its purest , lest judgemental form. The Internet allows use to converse in earnest without the hindrance of visual stimuli to distort meaning and assign all manner of preconceived ideas and characteristics on the messenger.” Lulu Vegas – Letterdash blogger
“I once thought that the emphatic nature of words ensured truth.
If I could find the right words, then with the proper will I could by assertion write all that was true. I have since learned that words are only as valid as the mind that chooses them, so that of essence all prose is a form of deception. To choose too carefully is to become pedantic, closing the imagination to wider visions, yet to err the other way is to invite anarchy into one’s mind. If I am to reveal myself then I prefer to do so by my choices, rather than by my accidents. Some might say that such accidents are the product of an unconscious mind, and thus inherently interesting, but as I write this I am warned by what is to follow.
Much is unclear.
At this outset I need that tedious quality of pedanticism. I have to choose my words with care. I want to be sure.” Christopher Priest – The Affirmation
And a little footnote, my further thoughts on internet communications and – more specifically – blogging:
Let’s look for a minute at a snapshot of a garden;
Tall, strong and deep-rooted trees, sturdy little shrubs, frivolous and pretty flowers.
Insidious alien invaders, deadly nightshades and indefatigable creepers.
Slugs and spiders, and snakes in the grass …
Me? I hope that I am a tree, standing a little aside. My roots unencumbered by weeds, or mildew or rot. Perhaps a passerby will choose to pick a piece of fruit. Or not.
It’s taken me a while to get to the point of this post, but I guess what I want to say in answer to the question of Internet communications is, to paraphrase Mister Shakespeare; ‘to thine own self be sincere’.
Don’t pander and toady.
And, above all, have fun.