The Usual Suspects from Entropic's blog

Forums, boards, social networks, corporations, gangs, religions, charities, cults, and the list goes on.  Groups of people slap labels on their foreheads not just because they have common goals, but because they want to belong.  The label becomes an identity while each individual mixes their own neurotic dispositions into the symbols they've adopted.

When I was a teenager, I had a tight-nit group of friends. There was a guy who saw what we had, so he tried to get in out it. He had all sorts of ambitions and ideas for the group, but his game was so laughably obvious that it was easy to exploit him at every turn.  His cost for wearing our label was high.

Over the years, I've seen plenty of people across different groups get mindfucked by labels. They never achieve their own goals, let alone come up with their own. I can't say I've been immune to that either.

Both online and offline, there's a myriad of groups one finds themselves a part of. It's not the label that matters so much as the value created by the interpersonal network. Even if the goal is simply to communicate ideas, there is a plethora of ways to engage.

 What makes this place a better facilitator? Is CoD just another tired label? Pixelated discussions and Internet soap opera seem to only go so far.

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SIN_JONES
Jul 30
I suppose that depends on one's own motivations. Let's face it, a lot of people just lack ambition. I don't think the environment is to blame.
Entropic
Jul 30
I agree, the environment itself isn't to blame, but I would say it's easier to talk on a cell phone than two cups connected by knitting string.
SIN_JONES
Jul 30
Sure, but just because there's ease of technology, that doesn't excuse a lack of depth.
Entropic
Jul 30
True.
FemaleSatan
Jul 30
I don't think it's a better facilitator in any way. Any site is about the people and this site has a few people I like to exchange ideas with and it's not bogged down by a buncha noise I have to tune out.
FemaleSatan
Jul 30
So far... Time will tell if CoD is meaningful or not (personally speaking).
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