|John Hopkins on Mon, 23 May 2011 09:53:47 +0200 (CEST)|
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thanks Eric - yes, I concur, no need for nostalgia! And I would note again the necessity of understanding what it means to participate (as a remote network node, complete with highly attenuated self-presence). In my memory, I don't recall any robust discussion about this on nettime. I have raised this issue in my workshops and when facilitating distributed events as it directly affects the overall energy of the distributed encounter -- again, using the words attention, focus, concentration -- where an extra effort is necessary to project the self into a remote social gathering. It is necessary to have the infrastructural technology in place, of course, but it also requires remote and local nodes to be sensitive, aware, trusting, and attentive. Scale is everything, though, and as I have remarked elsewhere, the seemingly powerful human desire for one to be heard by many, to be listened to by many runs deep in a certain segment of the population. Is it ego, is it a raw desire for social power? I can't say, but when those people are subtracted from a gathering, in my own opinion, the gathering becomes warmer, closer, more indeterminate, and more inspiring. It has something to do with the kind of people. Personally, I find the vibe from folks who are driven to manifest themselves on large social stages to generally be people to avoid. There is richness enough for a life-time in small, intimate configurations of humans, especially if they are intent on open engagement. Along (Paolo) Freire's ideas, I have a solid and experience-proven belief that if you have a small gathering of people who come to trust each other and trust their own sensual presence in the world, together they have more than enough potential to map out and establish inspiring life-practices.
For myself, my next endeavour is a small scale one day public seminar on the legacies of tactical media (for about 150 attendance)
my obvious question, partly in jest, partly not -- will you stream and have a feedback channel? jh # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: http://mx.kein.org/mailman/listinfo/nettime-l # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: firstname.lastname@example.org