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tiptoeing back on to the grid


Hey, hey!

Yes, this appears to be yet another blog entry in which I blog about not blogging.

Well, actually, it's a bit more (just a bit). For the past two weeks it's been really more of a matter of not even reading much news or blogs at all. Not that it's a bad thing, but even though I thought I didn't want to do it it turned out I did want to do it. That is, get away from it for a while. Not just reading, but of course writing as well. Sure a couple of times I got the itch, but I could restrain myself in time. :) Inertia notwhistanding, by last week I was barely looking at news at all.

Was that last paragraph clear at all? A bit convoluted, no? Rusty fingers. Or rusty braincells. Or both.

And this was good how? Well, if a large part of work is now online interaction, then it follows that a vacation might actually benefit from cutting down on online interactions (d'oh!). And the last two weeks (and last week in particular) I've felt increasingly more relaxed. I'm actually beginning to feel as if I'm taking a few days off, which wasn't part of the original plan for the trip (the plan was, more or less, not to rest through the trip. Yes, I should have my head examined). In the end, it seems to have been good for me.

I've read a couple of interesting books recently, first: The Villa, The Lake, The Meeting: Wannsee and The Final Solution by Mark Roseman, which is an analysis of the events leading up to and following a crucial meeting in the Nazi's plans for genocide. The book, brief but well written and documented, attempts to trace the path that educated people (mostly men) followed over the course of a few years to distance themselves so far from humanity as to get to the point of discusssing genocide over cigars and liquor. Must read.

The other book is Amusing Ourselves to Death, Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, which is a great book by Neil Postman (originally published in 1985, one of those still-relevant classics) on which I'll comment more in a few days when I'm done ... err.. "processing it". As I took some distance from weblogs, etc, I've spent some time thinking about the nature of the blogs, (thinking of blogs as epistemology, mirroring Postman's analysis on the book for TV and Media in general) and how this affects discourse through the blogsphere. Another of Postman's points, that it was Huxley (with Brave New World) who was right about the future, and not Orwell (with 1984), with comments like: "Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance." Okay, I'll stop now before I get carried away. But definitely more on this later.

Expect sporadic updates through the next few days as activity slowly increases. Plus, I have to get up to speed on my email. :)

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Posted by diego on December 23 2003 at 1:53 PM

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