PBS Gleanings today:
Apparently, the paternity thing is not an issue among scientists.
“Least Respected Dog” is the title of the dog that pulls the most weight but is the lowest in the pack for the Inuit people.
These amazing sled dogs can run the equivalent of five marathons a day.
The sled dogs can fall into freezing water and get out without problem – water that would kill a man in about three seconds.
They can also fend off polar bears, even fighting them when necessary.
–from “The Rise of the Dog” on PBS
I’m thinking a bit about the public space of virtuality today. Or the virtuality of public space. Today. Looking over Charles Bernstein’s “Electronic Pies in the Poetry Skies” January 2001 post to the Electronic Book Review, I thought I’d post a few statements, pulled from a larger list, for meditation value tonight:
* In some ways, the intimate space of email discussion can leave one feeling more vulnerable to animosity than in “live” settings, where the presence of others serves as a buffer.
* Freedom is never free.
* The Internet provides new opportunities for rumor, gossip, exploitation, and innuendo.
* In some of the new Internet environments, there is a fairly high tolerance for flaming, ad hominen attack, libel, and diatribe, as if resentment is a measure of honesty.
* The Web necessitates ever more editing, more intensive intervention, lest our alternative spaces be rendered vacuous, or desperate, by default launching people into the official flows of information.
* Yet righteous outrage is as likely to shut down exchange as provoke it.
* Web space is not so much disembodied as differently bodied. And those different bodies can be as scary as the demons that haunt our dreams for human freedom.
* While the proliferation of unmoderated spaces does of course allow for some of the otherwise unheard to speak, in the resultant din it may be impossible to hear them.
* We remain vulnerable to destabilization by agent provocateurs but also by provocative agencies within ourselves, our desire for purification through self-immolation.
* It’s not technology that will change the possibilities for dialogue but politics.
* If the discussion is always starting from scratch, the participants with greater experience may drop away.
* Public space requires protecting rights as much as allowing access.
* The contribution of small press publications is that they articulate specific, not general, aesthetic values; that they do not allow market forces to be the primary arbiter of value; and that they provide sharp contrasts with the otherwise available literature of the time.
* It may be as useful to participate in a conversation “over your head” as “at your level.”
–excerpts from Charles Bernstein’s “Electronic Pies in the Poetry Skies”
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