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Mon, Oct. 15th, 2007, 12:01 am
Join our guild! We'll give you can-dy~.

I ran into _earth_vs_soup_ last Friday. Her and one of the other few UAF Art Guild members. Hanging out with them was an enlightening experience. Behold these things I learned:
  • It is hard to get college students interested in student groups. The campus anime club is flopping around, almost memberless, too. A student's life must be too busy or self-absorbed for things like groups. Maybe we're just lazy.

  • Fast-paced political discussions give me headaches. There's too much to talk about! Words not stop?! Why?! Auuuuugh!

  • As comfortable as my little niche up here is, it can be fun to leave the dome once and a while, even if I am kind of busy for it. Meeting new people is still a rewarding and stimulating experience. Gasp!

Mon, Oct. 15th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)

I like the mental image of a political debate conducted with a chess clock. Could be an interesting mental exercise, could be a pointed satire.

Mon, Oct. 15th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)

It feels like most are. That's why talking points work these days: you're supposed to refine your ideas beforehand, or get them from somewhere else. Not all debate in the Western world is like that, just too much of it. Here would be a fun way to debate: all participants pretend that there is a sleeping tiger directly behind them. That'll tone it down a little!

Tue, Oct. 16th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
krinndnz: God bloody dammit why am I quoting Chomsky all day ?

...saying that "the beauty of [concision] is that you can only repeat conventional thoughts". If you repeat conventional thoughts, you require zero evidence, like saying Osama Bin Laden is a bad guy, no evidence is required. However, if you say something that is true, although not a conventional truth, like the United States attacked South Vietnam, people are going to rightfully want evidence, and a whole lot of it as they should. The format of the shows do not allow this type of evidence which is one of the reasons concision is critical. He's continued that if the media were better propagandists they would let dissidents on more because the time restraint would stop them properly explaining their radical views and they "would sound like they were from Neptune."

Tue, Oct. 16th, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
masstreble: Re: God bloody dammit why am I quoting Chomsky all day ?

I haven't read any more of N.C. than snippets, but damn if they aren't terribly relevant snippets. Perhaps I'll pick him up some time soon.