The Best Sentence of the Day

This blog is a cut-up of a dissertation in progress. Each day, I will post my favorite sentence that I have newly scribed. Everything out of context, but suggestive. I hope.

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Best Sentence #83

I woke up screaming last night. Yes, I had a dissertation panic attack. Kiyash slept right through it. But Meche climbed into bed and helpfully sat on my hand until I calmed down. When I finally got back to sleep, I dreamed I was rooming in some kind of a religious studies dorm in New York City with my twin sister Kelly.

The best sentence(s) below are a call-back to the IM I posted yesterday. I finally figured out what to say about Castells' cryptic closing remarks!


In The Rise of Network Society, Manuel Castells describes the coming culture of real virtuality as a world “where make believe is belief in the making” (375). In other words, persistent play may ultimately lead gamers to cease marking the difference between their habitual participation in sustaining an illusion and the practice of everyday life.


Blogger Daniel said...

Excellent. I'm reminded of Coleridge's thoughts on suspension of disbelief (Wikipedia).

(Incidentally, that Wikipedia article lists examples of suspension of disbelief in literature, television and film, video games, and RPG's, but doesn't mention ARG's. Perhaps an edit would be in order?)

4:13 PM  
Blogger chumly said...

Even with a spell check I can't write that well, or good or better, see. I need help. Thanks for the insights.

5:16 PM  
Blogger MachSirius said...

What you're talking about is a substitution or reality. An escape that some people wish were permanent. Gaming, enjoyable, fun, etc.., is not real.
Say what you will about the majority determing what is real and all that, but someone choosing to blur the lines between virtual and "knock on wood" solid reality is more likely than not, making an excuse for something.

Might sound cryptic, but I'm not sure of a better way to phrase it. I don't mean to offend (no personal attacks please- I'm clarifying not poking fun- I'm a gamer too), but the people I really hear cheering for that statement you posted are the ones who utter another statement,
"Man, I hate people."

7:13 PM  
Blogger berna beat said...

hey, girl. i´m a beatnik writer from são paulo, brazil. you have pretty cool stuff around here, makes me wonder a lot. just hope my english was better. dig!

4:15 AM  
Blogger fairscape said...


Checked your sentences from #1. You certainly must consider a movie like "The Last Starfighter" when discussing gaming and it's relationship to wet reality vs. electronic reality. The discussion was recently further advanced in South Parks "Golden PSP " episode. One other aspect to consider is the way RPGs which begin as games transform into online communities via their chatrooms in such RPG gaming sites as "The Kingdom of Loathing". Lastly, I would wonder if any statements regarding active gamers vs. "lurkers" or in wet reality; participants vs. spectators have occured to you. Good luck with your disertation. Is life any more than a game with everchanging rules?

11:05 AM  
Blogger slskenyon said...

Ah, yes the "dissertation freak out"; I know it well, but do not have anyone or anything sleeping with me to alleviate the symptoms thereof.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

In 1984 (!) I went to a kindergarten to evaluate the developing language of a five-year-old. The personnel were worried because his speech didn't make much sense. That was understandable because the boy was apparently not able to tell the difference between the kindergarten where I met him and the computer game world where he spent the rest of his time...

6:10 AM  
Blogger Maria Delilah Egan-Vernum said...

I am awfully new to this business of blogging. I was curiously fasinated and when I discovered an invitation to create a Blog free, I jumped to it. While browsing thro a path with which I'm all at sea; I tripped onto your "the best sentence of the day". Quite intellectually interesting.All the best in your dissertation.

2:46 AM  

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