Embracing the suck is a military term now going viral as jargon, meaning that we have reached the end of a time of passionate defense, as Placemakers puts it. That is how the recent turn of Mr. Boehner, seeming to skewer the so-called far right, those who loved the shut-down, is being taken. And that is also how progressives led by Nancy Pelosi are characterizing the compromise, which will seemingly protect us from more of the same from the GOP. But this turn to military jargon, this active embrace, merely affirms the binary nature of thinking in a world that calls out for triadic values and triadic thought. Triadic philosophy is all about building a future that does not suck. The reality we need to transcend is the suck that exists. The ethic that must modify that reality is tolerance of on-the-ground diversity, creation of a fair floor for all and local leadership that enlivens community. This leads to acts and expressions that explicitly alter the the suck we are embracing. That suck is the oil-automobile stranglehold on everyone. That is what the military defends. That is what our dysfunctional society is built on. We live in a world still dominated by a binary code. My way or the highway. And the highway we are on is literally made of Koch asphalt and Koch concrete and navigated by Koch oil. Triadic thinking moves past either-or. The fruit of triadic thinking is what does not suck, something better than what we have now. So suck is transformed by encounter with ethics into aesthetic intent. Truth and beauty lie in a world that has begun the slow, caring creation of communities of the future, beyond the domination of oil and the automobile. A future based on tolerance, helpfulness and democracy. A future where idols are less in control. And conscious triadic thinking has put the binary in its place.
Not everything about Facebook comes up roses. Here are a few posts that suggest what gives me pause about the entity.
Fathoming Facebook is a most interesting exercise. Facebook has aspects that make it a vastly more potent entity than anything out there. On the other hand, Facebook points to the most elementary thing. That in today’s world we need to limn the realities of connection that exist that never existed before or that are radically changed, requiring new rules and habits.. Social networking is less and less able to embrace what Facebook may actually be about. The following posts are toes in the water, not yet full fathom five. That Mark Zuckerberg and Adam Panflick were both products of Exeter is not observed but is of some interest. I give Exeter reasonably high marks in the values (aka no harm) department.
Selected from of recent posts and slideshows about the social network.
In general Facebook is as significant on the Web as any named entity. And the Web is on its way to becoming the way we create our world.
Twitter Tip: Paring Down Your Following List
Tweepi is presently the only utility I use to manage my Twitter activity. You can pare down the number of folk you follow according to multiple criteria. Reducing the number of people you follow is a choice, not a necessity. Eliminating persons you follow who do not follow you back is likewise a choice.
I value followers who retweet or reply to my tweets. I list these as Folk you should follow. I use these lists to find salient tweets to pass on. You can find these lists at https://twitter.com/stephencrose
Updated March 9, 2013