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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

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A. PERLA

"Blogs are an outlet for unexpurgated, unreviewed, and occasionally unprofessional musings. What makes them worth reading can also make them prone to error."

Error is in the eye of the beholder.

In a blog (or a forum) thoughts and arguments are expressed in the most natural of forms. That is, no pontificating in a "paper", no media hype and the opportunity to have instant feedback from a very large reading of the proposition/argument.

We can all use an adversarial challenge to better our ideas, to give them a more solid foundation. We must defend them and the process allows us to consider the integrity/viability of what we propose.

I find the debate melee salutary, even behind a pseudo, and particularly so in the confines of an "ivory tower" where far too much deference is shown to those either higher in the hierarchy or better known. It is part and parcel of peer review, except that the peers are wider spread.

If you can't stand the heat of a kitchen, you shouldn't be cooking.

whit3hawk

When we meet like minded people and have highly elevated discussions, we can easily come to agree with your general statements about Internet, blogging. Today I was shock to realize what I have come to discover over the last year or so, that when we participate in a community like this one, we get to feel good, and comfortable with the thought that all is well on planet earth. I think there is a less visible truth that we become ever so more more isolated because we only read blogs from like minded people, and look for ideologies that basically support our own. Then we tend to stick to the places we've found, thinking we've found the mother load of information, and soon we begin to think that we're gaining ground with our brilliant ideas, until we go back to the day-to-day life, and notice that the newspapers have the same stories, and nothing much outside our own minds has changed.

One gets to my age, and often becomes cynical; but it seems I hope against all hope.

Instead of just a large college, I would prefer a huge university, with flash points and people changing their minds because they paid attention to something different than the old theories revisited. I can see Plato and Aristotle and the walking university... and "University" meant just that... not a secluded click of ivory tower egg-heads. With all due respect...


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