June 25th, 2003

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ok, now I'm getting nervous...

I've had conversations with a couple of people who posit (for real or for amusement value) that Bush is the antichrist (eschewing all capitalization in favor of breadth) - not necessarily in a the-bible-is-literally-true sense so much as a this-guy-represents-a-group-that-believes-Revelations-is-a-roadmap-not-a-cautionary-tale sense. I've thought "sure, makes a good metaphorical shorthand," and gone on about my business.

Then I start to see resonance echoes from places like Electrolite [Patrick Nielsen Hayden's blog], citing articles like this one. It's long, but worth the read if the idea of "there's something going on here I can't quite put my finger on" simply won't leave you alone at night. As Nielsen Hayden says The trouble with dismissing "conspiracy theories" wholesale is that, in the real world, people actually conspire.
pencil

only connect

Again, George Monbiot has something interesting to say about trade.

I am reminded of this round-aboutly, via Mr. Martens of my previous post. Whee, look at little old live-journaling me, out poking around in the big blog-fish pond. From whose sphere I abdicated back in the day, amusingly enough, switching to LJ. And that, my friends, is why I know a trend has hit the mainstream if I happen to know about it by stumbling on it by myself. If I'd been buying, I'd have bought a Betamax.

That's something I haven't run across that interests me a bit - comparisons of community feel between the "blogosphere" and LiveJournal or LJ-like entities. There is certainly more of a feel (to me) that by getting an LJ account I was entering an online space that was more interested in maintaining itself as a community, per se, than the 'blogosphere' - which seems to be a term more on a par with 'the media' as I've seen it used. It has not so much the connotation of joining something, even amongst those who are using the same host/engine (blog*spot or its kin Blogger, say). Though, if you start a newspaper or weekly or 'zine, you're "joining" the media community sort of by default - perhaps that's the difference: the organization is looser and more obscure.

Just thinkin' about linkin' when I should be preparing myself for my sojourn in that-place-which-shall-remain-nameless.
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