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Focussing on your point about oversharing without a more general significance, I think sometimes people do that as a shortcut to encourage engagement. It reminds me of the narrator of a short story called 'Rain Check' by Frederick Barthelme, where he says: ''Hoping for quick intimacy, I start telling Lucille things I'm afraid of'' at the beginning of their (disastrous) blind date. It's a quick way of encouraging people to engage online but - as this example suggests - it can often be empty. Your point about accepting feedback also struck a chord in me as someone interested in the authorial function/role in writing online. I read Charlie Brooker the other day say that comments BTL (below the line) are the worst things that happened to newspapers online; and several Twitter colleagues agreed. I think they're one of the best - and authors and creator need to understand this, alongside the notion that their 'audience' is potentially far broader and more visibly engaged that they might have thought previously. Probably stating the bleedin' obvious but still... And as for the notion of the success drying up when richer - well, has it even been better and more succinctly expressed than in The White Stripes' 'Little Room'? "Well you're in your little room And you're working on something good But if it's really good You're gonna need a bigger room And when you're in the bigger room You might not know what to do You might have to think of How you got started in your little room"
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2013 on It's kinda personal at The Ed Techie
Yes, this got me thinking. I've too many words to write here, so I've written a quickie blog post with my initial woolly and inconclusive thoughts, here:
Interesting stuff. I think reductionism becomes problematic when it is in direct opposition to some of the things we hold most dear. For example, when asked by our partners why we love them, we might say it's because we find them kind, or generous in spirit, or unafraid, or open and so on. Much less palatable (but perhaps no less true) is that they represent the ideal of a mate who, given the time and place, we can reproduce our genes with. I understand from recent studies that attraction, for example, is partly based on on pheromones released during breathing - and this, rather than their worldview or love of kittens, is as much a deciding factor. We love our children, too, deeply - but similar psychological imperatives are in play. We are just obeying psychosocial orders. By extension, it's likely that we prefer free will to play a part in our lives rather than simple determinism. (Does compatibilism have something to teach us here about combining reductionism with a grander personal metaphysic? Maybe, like Dubya's fish and mankind, they can co-exist peacefully.) Perhaps the important thing is we are able to adequately assemble and sustain the illusion of a non-reductionist way of thinking. We may know it's true my partner loves me (or yours loves you) because I look like I'm not going to die before I've raised the children: but we sustain the illusion that they love us, of their own free will, because of who I am. Then the question becomes: is it possible or desirable to remove the curtain, Matrix style, and recognise the world for what it is? What this shows is that our ways of thinking and understanding the world are inextricably linked to our ego, subjectivism, our need for mystery, as we suspected.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2010 on Reductionism is your friend at The Ed Techie
Yes, the two classic business models - pile em high, knock em out cheap; or offer something with a little bit more value, including after-sales service perhaps. But there's little between iTunes/iBooks and Kindle in this respect (and in net marketing and sales more broadly). Both offer more or less the same. So, let's hope WHSmith make some impact. Interesting that their app is less polished than either Kindle or iBooks, but it's not at the tipping-point that makes it unusable. I've read one or two complaints of crashing but I have had no problems. The number one complaint for the slick Kindle or iBooks I've read online is the pricing. Many of the books are noticeably cheaper on WHSMith. 'Wolf Hall' is only about 4 quid there; definitely one for an impulse buy.
Thanks - yes, I know that album but I've not listened to it for a while, so I'll give it another go. I thought that the title 'No Distance Left to Run' is sad in itself, and the song (and now documentary) good stuff too.
Merci à toi, je t'en prie, as we say in France. You are too kind. I'll save the French one for now, but here's the new blog post on music and love:
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2010 on Foxed by the blog at The Ed Techie
It's occurred to me that some of you might think this was written by Martin and so it's low quality would besmirch his good name. It wasn't; it was written by me, Phil Greaney, at the invitation of Martin as part of a month of guestblogging - see his post here: You can find me on Twitter here: Happy reading :0)
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2010 on Foxed by the blog at The Ed Techie
"That nice young Phil chap" - well, only some of that is true :-) Here's the first post:
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2010 on Guest blogger at The Ed Techie
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