Real time is slower than social-media time, where everything feels urgent. Real time often includes periods of silence, reflection, growth, space, self-forgiveness, processing with loved ones, rest, and responsibility.
All fiction is metaphor. Science fiction is metaphor. What sets it apart from older forms of fiction seems to be its use of new metaphors, drawn from certain great dominants of our contemporary life—science, all the sciences, and technology, and the relativistic and the historical outlook, among them.
In a dialogue, each person does not attempt to make common certain ideas or items of information that are already known to him. Rather, it may be said that the two people are making something in common, i.e., creating something new together.
Profound friendship is a form of love. It's finding ways of being in each other's lives without feeling attached, unbound to classifications and qualifiers. I appreciate fluid senses of belonging and being in the presence of others. This type of friendship is possible when people think of each other with deep kindness and treat each other gently, forgiving each others mistakes and always thinking of their best intentions. There's a common misunderstanding that love is about finding someone, that you need someone to be in love. I think that's not true. Loving yourself as you are, is always the most fundamental lesson to learn from a relationship.
The task of hypertext is not to manufacture connections, but to discover where they have always been. Hypertext researchers before the World Wide Web built systems to support this endless, sacred hunt for entanglement and hidden structure, as inherent to thought as ecosystems are to the natural world.
In nature, things that grow unchecked are often parasitic or cancerous. And yet, we inhabit a culture that privileges novelty and growth over the cyclical and the regenerative.
As a hard worker who is often pushed to the limits, and who spends much of my free time on “side projects,” I have taken several unpaid breaks that I couldn’t afford, just to rest. Productivity addiction, like other types of addictions, is a coping mechanism. It’s a habit formed to ward off emotional distress that gets louder when the mind gets quieter; a habit that can go on for a while before realizing you are actually suffering. But eventually, working hard on terms that don’t feel naturally good leaves little space for reflection, and no time to refocus.
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
How we are at the small scale is how we are at the large scale. The patterns of the universe repeat at scale. What we practice at the small scale sets the patterns for the whole system.
This perspective also stresses the particular characteristics of the social practices constitutive of the commons: open to all who contribute to their reproduction; sustained and reproduced by collective and cooperative labor and regulated non-hierarchically. More specifically, then, commons are defined as spaces and processes of social reproduction that are non-mediated by the state or the market and ensure equitable access. Their reproduction and production take place under collective labor, they provide equal access to means of (re)production and they are marked by egalitarian forms of decision-making.
This got me thinking about the internet as landscape, or open space within network infrastructure. The internet was once a wilderness, but has been over-developed, and because of this we’ve lost areas to simply exist. Tools for sharing photos have turned into platforms for sharing things that more closely resemble personal ads. Tools for communicating with friends are used to extract taste profiles and create filter bubbles to encourage constant consumption and endless engagement. I wonder what a conservationist movement for the open web could look like
But "virtuality"—the systematic approximation and representation of reality—existed long before computers. Ancient Greek philosophers used shadows to measure the universe and establish mathematical principles. Renaissance artists created a formula for vision when they applied linear perspective to art and architecture. Lenses and mirrors gave artists and scientists new imaging powers for centuries leading up to the 19th century. And photography and cinema ushered in the media age of the 20th century. The computer—"digitality"—is wholly dependent on several millennia of virtuality. The human condition is so wrapped up with virtuality, that at times it may be difficult to see that digitality is merely one small subset—a new means to that virtual end.