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You are asking some very important questions about overlapping online and offline worlds. Here's one thing I notice about the blogosphere -- simple and obvious -- there is more slowing down to appreciate and savor the words, ideas, and experiences of self and others. The offline world too often requires warm-up time for the dialogues to go deep. It requires sorting through trust-levels and building a context. Online, precisely because of the implicit norm (unspoken, all-but-invisible groundrule) that we are free to express our individuality and gifts here, the warm-up time is minimal and appreciation is high. I often find the offline world to me is higher stakes play ("Ohmygod, what will they think of me if I say that!")requiring I step more carefully. Maybe it has always been that way -- small town vs. big city, ongoing connections vs. strangers in the bar. "Alone together" is where the Venn diagrams overlap and it seems to me, in its infancy, to be very welcoming space.


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this is a very informative post.. i enjoyed reading it.

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