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Mining Fantasy, Undermining Reason

In FOR YOUR CONSIDERSTION, NEW!, NEWS AND COMMENTARY, TWITTER CULTURE on October 29, 2010 at 6:00 PM

In The Halls of Mirror and Marble

October 29, 2010

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Remittance Girl has done it again. I follow her on Twitter and read her blog for a reason. If it were not for her, I would never have learned the story of Alexa di Carlo as it unfolded this past week.

Alexa, who, as I understand it, fulfilled many erotic fantasies and had developed quite a following with stories of her sexual escapades over her blog and on Twitter. I had never seen, nor heard or encountered this persona, until this week, when the character of Alexa di Carlo was ripped from the world of virtual fantasy and exposed by someone for who she–or actually, who HE was, in reality. The consequence unleashed a virtual lynch mob. The mirror was shattered. A person was suddenly exposed for pretending to be someone else on the internet. And the people who had become most intoxicated by the fantasy, flew crashing into the cold, hard, immutable marble of our reality. Almost all of Alexa’s followers raged against the injustice of it and took it upon themselves to exhume from the ashes of their fantasy, who this person was in reality. And things became very, very real. By the power of the internet, the right to pretend gave way to the right to expose. A real person’s identity was made public and put on trial by the Court of Virtual Opinion. Each participant gave testimony. But was it a just and fair course of action? Or was it indicative of how we are not so different as the people of our past: prone to mob mentality, emotion, idealism, fantasy and easily undermining reason, when reality becomes cruel in what it reveals. When bad things happen to people, they look for their suffering to be validated somehow. Just because we have all this new technology, does not mean we have caught up to it culturally, psychologically, or socially.

We are still out to hang Sarah Good by her neck. ¹

You, dear reader, have to recognize this, step back and do not give in to reacting immediately with emotion. Do not undermine reason. You and I, all of us, have a choice. In the melee RG and a few other voices, shouted back caveats to those participating in this Virtual Trial. Go read about it.

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Had I not seen the story of Alexa di Carlo, I would not have discovered a new key aspect of the dilemma. More specifically, that dilemma involves answering the question of how we are changing, reacting and adapting to the innovations of our day and age? What will history books say about the dawn of the 21st Century in fifty years? In 100 years? Figuring out for myself what it means; this still elusive, most terrifying and most beautiful dynamic of living in the world we do. Understanding what it means; to live in this age of information technology, social media and in a culture where this unprecedented form of instant communication is changing who we are, how we think, so quickly, so dramatically, that while many of us are aware, we cannot get our heads around its consequences.  CONTINUE READING

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