09-24-03, 09:37 PM #1
Threading the Needle
What human dynamic makes some threads hold mostly to topic, while others move on several tangents? And what is at play when nearly continuously topical threads are suddenly shunted to oblivion?
I think this phenomena has at least three explanations:
1. Developing ideas requires increasing effort in process, and many give up after their existing knowledge and available information falls short.
2. When explanation 1 takes hold, a common mechanism is chest-thumping and regression to sniping at those holding seperate views.
3. The topic sucks.
The most worthwhile threads I have seen involve independent thinking, adherence to subject, respect, humor, and effort. But they all die. I dream of a pan-human thread for any problem, unending until solution: We all perceive reality differently, and that's very fertile ground for answers. Unless of course we're all just jabbering egomonkeys and regurgitating sheeple.
But then this, a similar, or a more evolved spontaneous meme-cubator may initiate something truly awesome. I wonder.
09-25-03, 01:21 AM #2
how about instead of waisting your life trying to thread the needle you give up now and stab yourself in the eye with it?
I dream of a pan-human thread for any problem, unending until solution
09-25-03, 01:09 PM #3
09-25-03, 05:26 PM #4
Originally posted by cthulhus slave
and your heaven is my hell.
for once I agree! most threads desintegrate after a while and i get bored easily so I just stop bothering with them
09-25-03, 09:52 PM #5
I agree as well, and it would seem, as I posited, "The most worthwhile threads...involve independent thinking, adherence to subject, respect, humor, and effort" on all our parts.