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ET is not disconnected to the rest of the world, it reflects it.

the human flaws i see daily in the big world showed up here, and were (un)dealt with in exactly the same way.

the good things about this place covered up the damage and routed round it, but the damage was never undone, because there lacked the courage collectively to name the real problems, and the issues went back to sleep.

any time ET fails any of us, there is a salutary effect, namely that we cast further into the blogosphere for truth, and stop lazily wanting one-stop shopping. this then gets sometimes fed back into ET to enrich the mix.

as with many enterprises ET started with a smallish family, which then grew to a big one, to a tribe, to a large pool of invisible lurking nameless eyes.

some will stay, some will go, some will amp up, some down, all in asymmetric cycles!

but i wouldn't be surprised if in 5 years there hadn't been at least one 100% rotation of all the FP's, and many poster who now are daily fodder will have melted away or moved on.

there was a moment there where i thought we were out into the blue and bound for the sun, untrammelled by the usual banalities of most human groups, then the same old double standards we see so often in meatworld popped up here and were officially entrenched into the very structure of the edifice, but hey...

we still want to learn more about the worlds we inhabit through vibrant discourse, and we still have (most of) that, thank FSM.

why i thought ET would be so special as to avoid the oldest traps in the human psyche is beyond my weak brain to understand, pretty dumb that way, i guess that's why i said trust is a renewable resource.

to cut to the chase, i think there are some funny looking lumps under the rug, and have learned to walk around them and appreciate the company and decor of the place anyway.

(just like meatworld, heh...)

has it got less fun lately? yup.

would it have been better if the flamewars had been moderated more um, respectfully? i think so, but who cares what one blogger thinks? i won't really know until i have my own blog and something similar happened. so easy to criticise from the outside...

sometimes it's fitting that the individual adapt to the surroundings when he solipsistically realises he's been expecting the opposite, lol!

it's been a great experience, for good and ill.

just like real life

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Apr 4th, 2009 at 10:34:47 PM EST
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