Re: The Internet ~ I see your pictures on the wall of this cave... Posted by Narada on June 09, 1998 at 10:43:33:
In Reply to: The Internet posted by Shirley Knott on May 22, 1998 at 02:48:26:
Yes! I love self referential moves, ie, ones that are about the medium and mechanism of the game itself. The structure of the game is the hidden referance of all the moves, but I like to see it made more conscious. And there is no question that the net is a new form of many venerable ideas.
With each new technology we create we gain a new metaphor to use in our understanding of reality.
And it IS strange that ALL our technological achievements have been envisioned, and possibly attained, through biological or metaphysical means, by those in less scientificlly minded times and places.
What does this mean to us as we become ever increasingly reliant on our technologies to maintain even the basic needs of our bodies? Personally, I find it rather impossible to be in a +24 state and sit for hours in front of a cathode ray gun staring at a flat screen and making numerous small movements with my hands. (smile)
Arthur C Clarke's famous quote, "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic", seems rather relevant here. Perhaps we should add, "any sufficiently advanced system of magic is indistinguishable from technology"!?
See also my submission below "the Infinite Game" for some relevant ideas about the web as a glass bead game.
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