[lit-ideas] Re: The Medium is the Message

  • From: Mike Geary <jejunejesuit.geary2@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 16:06:54 -0500

Andy would do well to acquaint herself with Facebook before criticizing it.
I find it a very interesting venue.  How interesting it is depends mostly on
your friends and their network of friends.  Depending on them the experience
It can be very political, very personal, very philosophical, very
inconsequential -- all depends.  Several liberal friends post articles that
I find useful and informative that I probably would not have come across
otherwise.  Several conservative friends (yes, I have some) post hate-Obama
diatribes to which I love responding with snarky remarks.  Circles of
friends -- what you make of it is up to you.  Facebook has something like 3
billion subscribers (I'm glad they're not all my friends) --  the experience
can be as varied as 3 billion people can be.  Depends on you and your circle
of friends.  It can be a post card, or it can be 95 thesis nailed to the
cathedral door.  In fact, I think if Andy would get passed her fear of the
future, she would enjoy Facebook.  Many Lit-Iders are on Facebook including
Robert Paul, Bev Hogan, Marlena Boggs (Eternity Time), Julie Krueger, Erin
Holder, Carol Kirschenbaum, Paul Stone, David Ritchie, Tom Hart, Lawrence
Helm,  John McCreery, and moi under the nome de plume Satchmo William
Tragers.  There are others, I'm sure, that I'm not aware of or am
forgetting.  Try it and see if you like it.  There are no dues.

In regards to Lit-Id,  it is what it is.  It has gone through several
permutations over the 15 years I've been here.  The split in the
congregation way back when led to the demise of Phil-Lit and the rise of
Lit-Id.  It is no longer a primarily political band stand, but a much more
philosophical one.  We have Plato played by Walter O., Aristitole played by
Robert P.  Popper played by Donal Mc., Kierkegaard (?) played by Phil E.,
Grice played by JLS., and Michael Geary played by himself.  Economically we
have Socialism played by Judy E.  Capitalism was one championed by Larry K.,
and Lawrence H., and Tom H.  But Kramer shut down his shop, Lawrence has
fallen in love with his cameras and dogs and Tom is somewhere out there, I
sure, still beating bushes to scare off Commies and Liberals.  Surely that
is enough of a mix to make a stew.  I still enjoy Phil-Lit a bunch of
bunches.  And as always I wish the women-folk would unload on men now and
then.  They seem to me to be too polite or is it politic?  Whatever, men
need to be reminded every now then what pricks we be.  Else we start talking
our selves seriously.  There are a lot of people who've fallen by the
wayside that I miss -- David Savory for one. but that's life.

Mike Geary
Still in Memphis goddamnit

On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 7:31 AM, Andy <mimi.erva@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>  I understand that Facebook seems to be absorbing a lot of conversational
> energy.  Just some thoughts, but first a disclaimer.  I don't have a
> Facebook account, have never had one, and don't participate as a 'friend' on
> any other Facebook account, including those of relatives.  For what it's
> worth, my understanding of Facebook is that it's all about posting pictures
> of how much fun you're having.  It's not about having fun, it's about
> proving you're having fun, especially for the younger crowd.  Based on my
> vicarious understanding, I can't imagine having an intelligent conversation
> on Facebook.  Certainly I couldn't have one with my relatives (and that's
> with two nephews in med school), or for that matter with most of my flesh
> and blood friends.  Lit ideas people who have Facebook accounts are
> certainly excepted, but generally Facebook to me is a pure pomo experience,
> reality as if.  Worse, it's a reflection of the general dumbing down of
> everything, a great big huge Twitter with pictures.  'Reality as if'
> requires no depth of understanding, which would make Facebook and Twitter
> the media for the times.  A vicarious understanding, yes, but I think
> unfortunately accurate.
> Andy

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