This interworld can really be an incredible place at times. Being relatively new to the blogsphere, it still constantly amazes me the many ways in which messages can be spread and different communities can be formed.
The other day I posted a little piece about some shenanigans going on in the world of popular music, and the fact that such shenanigans become the focus of a great deal of discussion, while other, more important, occurrences remain shockingly overshadowed.
I ended the post with some optimism- in the form of my discovery that Ray Davies, storyteller and songsmith, was releasing a new book soon (although not, sadly, soon enough for it to be my cottage book in 2 weeks), reassuring me that there are still vibrant, talented, relevant voices out there. I let his brother, Dave, sum up my feelings in his own talented manner, and sent the post out into the interworld to illuminate, educate or entertain as it would.
Imagine my surprise when the hits on my little blog started increasing, like, exponentially. Turned out that the master of a Kinks website included a link to humble ol’ colemining, and wonderful Kinks fans from all over the world have subsequently been kind enough to click and have a look.
Although I am not remotely mathematical (Humanities Ph.D. and proud of it), I do have a certain fascination for statistics and tracing patterns (it must be my sociological training), so watching new countries pop up in the site stats not only excites me in a geekish way, it really brings home just how unifying something as global as music can be.
All these people, first connected through their love of an amazing band, came to check out what I have to say, and from there kept on clicking and visited some of my fellows in the WordPress community whose icons or site names caught their attention.
Kinks fans rock. Truly.
A big part of my studies of world religions has been focused on the transmission- the communication– of texts. The stories we tell- about ourselves, our gods, our communities- have been historically subject to a an incredible degree of dissemination.
With the omnipresence of the interworld these days, it’s easy to forget that texts- and letters- have always been wont to travel widely.
We can trace the overlapping similarities in the mythologies of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Israel through the trade routes that expanded their respective audiences and brought elements of significance into the stories and practices of the other cultures they bumped into along the way.
Likewise, early Christian writers took (or sent) their writings to other communities as a means of spreading, discussing and evolving the precepts and practices of their developing beliefs.
That early webmaster, Paul of Tarsus, communicated regularly with the church houses that had been established- in his name- throughout the western Mediterranean region. Many of the later doctrines of the Christian Church(es) were drawn from these letters- from his interpretations of the character and message of Jesus of Nazareth.
Historically, as a species, we like to hear from other people, to discuss what they think about things, look at how they deal with times of trouble and benefit from wisdom that has a different origin from that which is immediately familiar.
Nowadays, those of us who are fortunate enough to be party to the constant accessibility of online communications can exchange ideas and opinions instantaneously. And get responses back almost as immediately.
Brave new world indeed. The interworld at its best.
One of the bloggers that I think is pretty groovy, Opinionated Man, has undertaken an exciting experiment here in the interworld. He has started something he calls Project O, as a means of creating and furthering dialogue about opinions- where they come from, how they are expressed, and whether they are universal rights (that’s a very brief synopsis- check out the link for the full template and game plan).
My input is currently scheduled to be offered up at 6:00 AM on September 8. I have no doubt that there will be insightful perspectives, lively debates and windows into the mores and realities of cultures from all around the world.
The Opinionated Man really knows how to strike a chord- and this experiment in communication is right up my alley. The discussions are already starting- I encourage you to participate if it’s something you’d be into. Regardless, responding to the template made me stop and think about my opinions- and how they were/are formed. Can’t wait to see what everyone else has to contribute.
In any case, all this togetherness, connectivity and talking ’bout stuff has put a pretty positive spin on a week that wasn’t all that great in many ways.
It’s the beginning of the last long weekend of summer- which can sometimes be a little melancholy (since it’s one more indication that winter will show up sooner rather than later, and I hate the winter)- and I’ve been locked in my head with some pretty heavy reflection over the past few
The positive energy that has come my way is helping to shift my view forward.
I wish you a happy Labour Day weekend with heartfelt thanks to all of you who choose to spend some time following along with my (often somewhat derailed) trains of thought about people and our stories and/or whatever little ditties may be floating around in my brain.
As a special shout out to the oh-so-many of my fellow Kinks peeps who have stopped by today, I leave you tonight with the words and wonder of Ray Davies, and a shared hope that we all find some ‘better things’.
Let’s keep talking folks. Pretty awesome stuff can happen when we communicate with one another.