Here we go again… December is Blog-Every-Day Month. No guidelines. No rules. No set topic. No nothing no how. Just an article with at least one complete sentence, every day…
December 9… because I’m always trying new things.
Not that anyone has read it yet –and not that I’m even really done writing– but my recent novel-scribbling frenzy which was based on a subtle theme of existing in a world where the social internet interacts and overlaps with real life has been inspiring me to consider the ways I exist online.
It is about finding balance in a binary world.
I described it early in my novel drafting work as this: Bound is a metaphor for the ways in which technology can blind us from our humanity, obscuring the world around us and forcing us to see things in a way that lacks nuance. It is about understanding that information can control us as much as it can free us. It is about finding balance in a binary world.
Which is me tiptoeing around the idea that people who have thought patterns that can only provide them with binary, black-and-white ways of thinking about the universe… they drive me nuts, at least when they choose be trolls and to spout off on the internet.
I’ve been mangling things up a bit on this blog. I’ve been hiding comment forms (because dozens of spam and troll comments here PER DAY were becoming a depression-inducing pain in the ass that made me question my very purpose here) and soliciting more formal feedback via a contact form. (Note: no one has bothered.) In the last couple days I have changed my sidebar poll, too, and I’ve moved my polls to the bottom of select posts instead. (So you don’t need to comment… but you can do an anonymous one question response to something –possibly– related to post.)
I don’t want this to be a one way conversation, of course, but the state of the net in 2015 means that it often seems like we’ve been overrun by trolls, and the bridges that bring us together don’t always feel safe. I get it. I’m thinking about that a lot. Too much, perhaps. But necessity breeds design, right? So maybe…