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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