- Apr 19, 2007
- MBTI Type
- Instinctual Variant
When we turn on a lightbulb, we get pure information.
And when we turn on a distinction such as boy/girl or inner/outer, we also get information.
So it is not so much 'what' a distinction allows us to see, but that it enables us to see.
All right, that makes sense; thank you for clarifying.
And yes, I agree with you -- a LOT of information (whether accurate or no) is instantly unpacked with the flying of a simple gender marker. In this case, there is just a question of how much of the sight is illusory.
Flame wars because there is no "safe haven" or forced "time outs" like real life
I found that topical idea interesting.... although as someone who has been in a long marriage, I'm not sure real life has that much of a mandatory time out, I have been involved in my share of "sparring throughout the house" drag-out fights that last hours because one person will not allow the other to leave.
Besides this space issue that Geoff brings up, I think the distance and lack of investment in all facets of a personal relationship allows for people to fire any salvo they would like, without really fearing losing anything meaningful. They are shooting a faceless person, who more is just a representative of a particular idea than a person in his or her own right.
become "signifiers/signs" for certain ideas, rather than people, and to take out an idea, you take out a faceless nameless person.
And there is no culpability because you are anonymous.