- May 2021
The world of today is a bare, hungry, dilapidated place compared with the world that existed before 1914, and still more so if compared with the imaginary future to which the people of that period looked forward. In the early twentieth century, the vision of a future society unbelievably rich, leisured, orderly, and efficient--a glittering antiseptic world of glass and steel and snow-white concrete--was part of the consciousness of nearly every literate person. Science and technology were developing at a prodigious speed, and it seemed natural to assume that they would go on developing. This failed to happen, partly because of the impoverishment caused by a long series of wars and revolutions, partly because scientific and technical progress depended on the empirical habit of thought, which could not survive in a strictly regimented society. As a whole the world is more primitive today than it was fifty years ago. Certain backward areas have advanced, and various devices, always in some way connected with warfare and police espionage, have been developed, but experiment and invention have largely stopped, and the ravages of the atomic war of the nineteen-fifties have never been fully repaired. Nevertheless the dangers inherent in the machine are still there. From the moment when the machine first made its appearance it was clear to all thinking people that the need for human drudgery, and therefore to a great extent for human inequality, had disappeared. If the machine were used deliberately for that end, hunger, overwork, dirt, illiteracy, and disease could be eliminated within a few generations. And in fact, without being used for any such purpose, but by a sort of automatic process--by producing wealth which it was sometimes impossible not to distribute--the machine did raise the living standards of the average human being very greatly over a period of about fifty years at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries.
the modern world
- Oct 2020
just as he had imagined
One idea I've thought of while reading all these Mansfield short stories is tracking the imaginary and the real: all of her characters live in a world where they feel stuck or imprisoned and seem to imagine a different world (or at least imagine being out of the world they live in).
- Nov 2019
- Aug 2019
There are important differences between social imaginaryand social theory. I adopt the term imaginary (i) because myfocus is on the way ordinary people ‘‘imagine’’ their socialsurroundings, and this is often not expressed in theoreticalterms, but is carried in images, stories, and legends. It is alsothe case that (ii) theory is often the possession of a small mi-nority, whereas what is interesting in the social imaginary isthat it is shared by large groups of people, if not the wholesociety.Which leads to a third difference: (iii) the social imagi-nary is that common understanding that makes possible com-mon practices and a widely shared sense of legitimacy.
Theory is the formal abstraction of how a society works/social problem is caused. It is usually constructed by specialists such as sociologists on the basis of evidence and prior theoretical constructs (method and methodology). Social imaginary = how people in their everyday lives join the dots between themselves, others and the wider world. My questions: where do discourse, ideology and social institutions fit here?
- Mar 2017
My distant close friends are my fellow explorers in these new spaces of humanity.
Beyond capitalism and colonialism and exploitation.
What does this say about our desire to connect, to search for meaning?
Desire to connect
Desire for meaning.
I am beginning to extend my circles of empathy, I am beginning to see that I am part of a much wider world.
That comes as a bit of shock. There are suggested readings, links, that comes as a bit of a shock. This is a course, I had forgotten what a course was. I make a mental note. Please try harder to remember that this is a Course.
Courses. Mapping. Focus.
A light lit up on the Spaceship's dashboard. It was Susan. Could she connect too? I have no means of picturing Susan's space at the moment she asked that. I scrolled through Susans desperately seeking Susan.
This space which allows distant people to connect.
This space which is in between liminal
Question. What enables people to be able to be at ease in these spaces?
Meanwhile back at the picnic spot, Terry and Keith had turned up. It was six and seven o'clock in the morning for them and they had dropped everything to spend a little time at a picnic to chat with friends.
Timezone confusion. Competence
Marcin and I's relationship has no doubt been enriched by visiting each other's homes and countries this year, a dream for many people who have extended online personal networks and the ties which bind us I feel are profound - perhaps because of the distance. There is a part of Poland in me now.
Being able to picture the person in a physical context in which one has walked.
to Keith in Florida who had turned up in the picnic.
Confusion between spaces
I was in the room with him from my learning space in Clermont Ferrand. I could hear the bad acoustics of the room in which he was/we were?. We were sharing the slides on the screen in Krakow inside the slide share of our hangout on air.
Room, space. confusion
I continued the day with a picnic, a #clavpicnic at for me lunch-time. When I arrived at the picnic spot (a hangout) nobody had turned up.
It is a shape-shifting space.
imaginary fluid space
This is clearly not Second Life or the World of Warcraft but a space much more liminal, much more fluid, much more powerful.
No visualisation of this space. -
IE mediated by computer programming.
My only way of assimilating what was going on was to imagine a fictional environment in which these characters met, interacted, and played.
Imaginary fictional environment.
Yesterday, I started the day with a blog post entitled 'In the Tribble Valley' inspired by a series of tweets between people who I had never met
Imaginary space. What shape does it have?
- imaginary spaces
- imaginary space
- narrative culture
- learning space
- social space
- social presence
- Apr 2016