Re: self-transformation

Anton Sherwood (
Fri, 22 Aug 1997 21:56:26 -0700 (PDT)

: On Mon, 11 Aug 1997, Anton Sherwood wrote:
: > What parts of us are most important to other people's view of our
: > identity? Values, ethics? Conversational style?

Anders responds
: I think up to now appearance has been very important.

Every mythology has shape-changers (voluntary or involuntary).
Is that evidence for or against a general claim that appearance
is the key element of a public identity?

: But here on the
: net conversational style seems to be important to show our identity.

As well as certain visual features. Anders has his conspicuous (yet
tasteful) .sig, John Clark his long indents, EvMick his caenisms --
without these features, I'd have less of a sense of their distinctness.
I don't mean to say that without such visual stylisms you're doomed to
be a blur in my mind, but it does take longer for me to form an
impression of who's who.

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