09-02-13

Last night I went to an event at work. It was a reminiscence and a celebration. There were people in attendance who genuinely remembered. There were people in attendance who merely wanted to observe. There were people in attendance who weren’t even born when the thing we were reminiscing and celebrating happened. They were the ones who interested me. They seemed to think there was something lacking now in the way people organise themselves and come together to do something that means anything. The man who was speaking about the thing we were reminiscing and celebrating spoke of a different era, although it was only twenty years ago. He spoke of a difference in communication. He felt that the ease with which we communicate things now, online, through social media, constantly updating, had nullified the need to come together in a space and create a happening. I wondered whether it also had to do with society growning more accepting of, or at least less willing to be shocked by, cultures and groups who some might say don’t fit the standard model. It might be that we know now that there is no standard model from which some could be excluded.

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