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  •  Metajesus is a paradox (none)
    This is a bit shameless of me, but I'm going to cite an earlier comment of mine on this topic:


    [metajesus is a paradox...]  - a bit like 'tinfoil hat'  

    That latter term started out as pure derisive putdown, 'the tinfoil hat crowd thinks x' but then people started nervously noting that with the conclusions they were drawing from the news they might need a tinfoil hat -- or 'I'm not wearing a tinfoil hat but doesn't it seem like Bushco is...'

    So TFH becomes an ambiguous evocation of the frightening times we live in, when it's hard to know just how paranoid it makes sense to be.

    So, about now you are sitting there wondering WTF does that have to do with Metajesus??  Bear with me, the correspondance is only partial - -

    Hunter wrote a funny diary in which he, partly tongue-in-cheek (i.e., half-kidding but only half) condemned the tendency to write "Meta" diaries (I'm going to keep defining things, sorry for any who take offense, I just mean this to be useful to all:) 'meta-' means roughly 'about the thing as a category or its tendencies', so a metadiary is one which discuss the dkos community, diary standards, the collapse of diary standards, why we're so great, why we're so terrible, how the good old days are gone because now everyone does X, front page posters (e.g. Armando) and so on.  When you post one of these, you make Metajesus cry.  You don't make metajesus cry, do you?

    The ambiguity, and vague similarity to TFH (and Hunter please chime in if I'm wildly misrepresenting your intentions here, which is probably likely) is in the sillyness of the whole idea of Metajesus.  It's a cute way of asking people to think twice about navel-gazing diaries, without actually getting into a fight about it.  

    Personally, as you might be able to tell by now, I'm a 'meta' kind of guy.  I make Metajesus cry constantly, and what's more, I think he likes it that way.  A community this huge, complex and impassioned doesn't progress without critical self-examination.  

    So as my closing meta point, I will note that you will hear about ridiculous flame wars that have happened in the past here.  They were/are (sadly they will be back, that's part of online community life at this point) almost never only about what they appear to be.  They are also, perhaps primarily, about respect, or setting rules and standards, or who we really are as a community and how can we work together -- as well as whatever nitty gritty issues may have sparked them.  

    I guess having said that, I have to make one more point (and here's where metajesus really starts to cry in earnest, because that's precisely the danger of meta-issues, there's no freaking end to them):  TFH and Metajesus are both coinages, new words, from the blogging world.  (TFH evolved, as far as I know, across other blogs including Dean for America.)

    We are doing new things here in the blogosphere, so we are making fragments of a new language.

    And, coming back to the present, I'm just wondering,...
    how far
    can this
    meta
    thing
    go

    ?


    I had to destroy my tinfoil hat because it was beaming coded messages into my brain.

    by stevelu on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 12:58:18 PM PST

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    •  Wow! (none)
      Thanks, stevelu, for really deliverin'!

      I've been here for about a year and a half, but, given the vagaries of what will catch whose eye, I never really read the meta- stuff.

      I'm almost embarrassed, it's like you practically wrote a diary just to answer my question. Thanks again!

      I'm the plowman in the valley - with my face full of mud

      by labradog on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 06:38:34 PM PST

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