Amara Graps wrote:
> Dear Extropes,
> I am wondering how representative is the World Wide Web of what
> exists in the Real World? Do you think that the way that people
> behave in that medium is representative of their behavior in real
Yes, if you confine the real world domain to "mediated relationships"
which limit us to largely symbolic interaction and to those specific
symbols provided by a given medium.
Please excuse the personal reference, but my net experience has
suggested to me that it is not a good place to seek emotional
satisfaction or to fulfill the affective aspects of interpersonal
expectations. On the contrary, I find it an excellent medium by
means of which to gratify my need for intellectual recreation and
In other words, for me the net is like a precocious child -- very
advanced cerebrally but emotionally still a five year old after all.
Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA
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