It is a long-held belief of mine that the internet is an exercise in recursion, a collective echo chamber with infinitely overlapping inputs. To put it another way, its a never-ending Grand Canyon with an infinite number of people surrounding it and shouting into it to hear the words reflected back, gently fading. No doubt this creates an environment where one can never be sure if one heard what one thought one heard. Was it your voice? was it someone else? Was is it a synergistic hybrid of who knows how many different voices? In effect, much of what comes back is noise. Noise, with a tinge of signal.
It is not all like this. There are nuggets, gems cast up on the electronic shore like pearls among the gravel. It will always be mathematically possible, if highly improbable, that something significant we cast off into the cybervoid will slowly make its way back to the home system. Ladies and gentlemen, this has happened to me.
I have been quoted in an online magazine with some exposure.
What makes this weird (for me, at least) is that I was quoted from a comment I left on one of the articles some weeks ago. So it wasn't from a direct question, or an interview or sound bite. It was from an off-the-cuff leisure time activity of mine.
I received an email notifying me that I had been quoted, and thought it was spam. Imagine my (mild) surprise when it turned out to be legit. Imagine, little ol' me laid down some verbiage that someone felt noteworthy enough to quote in an article. Strange and nice at the same time.
For those who are curious, here's the link: THE GOOD MEN PROJECT. My two cents is the fourth one down under responses. I'd appreciate you giving it, and TGMP, a read; they have a good thing going.