Thursday, July 3, 2003

When virtual worlds chafe

After spending a wonderful Canada Day with good friends, plenty of sunshine, beer and bbq, I was not exactly happy to return online this morning ;) However, I've since gone for a long walk and had a massage, so everything is good!

It seems that after leaving comments here the other day, Frank Paynter posted these thoughts and comments on his own site.

Although I have witnessed it on his site and elsewhere, Frank's overt hostility towards the humanities and social sciences in general, and to what he calls "postmodernism" in particular, confuses me. And it makes me wonder why he even reads sites dedicated to these subjects. I also suspect that there is nothing I can say that might temper his position or encourage genuine dialogue.

I will, however, say this: the abstract and paper I recently posted were submitted for particular academic publications and audiences. That I shared them with a broader audience here does not change that fact. Some readers write that my comments lack appropriate nuance and complexity, while others write that my posts are inexcusably exclusionary. But there's no pleasing everyone, and if I decided anything during last week's conversation, it is that I can only write what I know and find interesting. And you're welcome to come along for the ride, if you like.

And now for a good laugh: Andie passes along this gem from the Onion. Damn funny!


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