The refreshing cascade of new faces to the weblog over the last week have reminded me of all the ways online communication enables us to not just interact, but hate remotely.
I had forgotten, I guess, how easy it is for people to take a few quick glances at some data and shove their two-line thesis out the door. Or to then proceed to make even more conclusions based on this thesis. And then, how easily it is for this quarter-baked half-thesis to become an addendum to the original data, as if, you know, they deserved it.
Every time I think about changing the retro-yet-lively white-on-black color scheme the weblog has, I get one of these high-popularity commentaries that includes people saying how much their eyes hurt, or I’m an incompetent webmaster, or that they couldn’t finish reading, and my natural reaction is to leave it so. Suddenly, it’s not a point of discussion, but a warning that one of my weblog entries has broken a tad wide and the tourists have arrived.
I like nothing more than to browse people who have no idea who or what the hell I am, what I’ve done, what I’m doing, or any other data points, and then just make all these great conclusions about me. It’s refreshing. They’re neither friend nor foe. They’re just observers, as so much of this medium turns us into.
On the other hand, objectivity never means that you’re necessarily informed, just that you’re lacking direct hanging-with-me biases. So that comes into the mix as well.
I don’t write this weblog to garner hits, otherwise I’d apparently goatse random people all the time, write incendiary text about others’ works, and offer free PDFs forever. I’ll stick with what’s on my mind, and what’s on my mind is this: it’s a pretty big world out there, and while we may think that piloting our amazing browser-mobile over the web’s landscape makes us experts about it, it really doesn’t.
Here’s to unexpected and unexplored terrain.
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