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    Internet comms as collaborative thought
    Project: Polytopia
    Something I've noticed about internet communications (forums, msn, chat) is that they are more similar to my internal monologue than to face to face conversation. However, it is not a monologue, it is a dialogue or multilogue (polylogue? :P). I think this is primarily because of lower felt need to be be cautious, a willingness to risk displaying ideas that the author might not feel are ready for display. Re-reading the conversations often gives me a 'stream of consciousness' impression.

    I've found when I meet people I've conversed with or debated online we often return to the topics we discussed on the net and this time around the communication runs smoothly and extensively. Text based conversations never feel very solid; they don't engrave deeply in my memory, so it doesn't feel as if we're having the same conversation over again. It feels more like we're talking about things which we've already thought about together.

    Tue, Feb 10, 2009  Permanent link
    Categories: thought, internet, collective, telepathy
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    Mariana Soffer     Fri, Mar 19, 2010  Permanent link
    Nice reflection, I liked you thread of thought.
    Allbeit     Fri, Mar 19, 2010  Permanent link
    very seams as thou text has evolved to be the lowest form of language that we have come to witness. language is always subject to interpretation even in person, but in person you have so much other data coming in from body language, voice tone, eye contact and all your senses to read the situation on more than just the word level. that's why they don't get engraved into your memory as something someone else has said to you, and appears as thou it was a thought rather than a communication, because it was a thought when you read it.
    alok subbarao     Sat, Mar 20, 2010  Permanent link
    That's an amazing perception of what communication has become on the internet. I completely agree, especially with the part about how people are willing to say some things they wouldn't in person, as the poly/multilogue is similar to an internal conversation. Also, with the incredibly diverse internet-using populationt, it seems like lots of memes, slang, and culture are being exposed to it when they would have never seen it otherwise.