Friday, June 20, 2008

De-Composition

What exactly is the purpose of censorship, other than to piss me off? I think some may argue that it is an attempt to protect people from the offensive, the morbid, the disturbing. And even though I think censorship adds to ignorance, I am completely guilty of participating in it.

For example, my blog, Viaggio, began as a cool way to keep in touch with folks. It evolved into my thoughts and opinions, a place to practice writing, and then became a place for my readers. I started blogging with the idea that they - my family, my students, my friends - were hanging out on the virtual couch on my shoulder, overlooking every key stroke. I started to censor my ideas and opinions which either showed a tremendous respect for my readers, if you believe in that definition of the word, OR it exposed a character flaw in me - the fact that I can't be completely honest with my loved ones. Either way, I'm sunk. I need to be able to rationalize, lament and scream without concerning myself with the shoulder couch potatoes. I suppose the easiest way to do this is to begin afresh. Hence we have De-Composition:

De (Chinese), concept of "integrity" in Daoism and "virtue" in Confucianism

Composition (logical fallacy), a fallacy of ambiguation in which one assumes that a whole has a property solely because its various parts have that property
Composition (visual arts), the plan, placement or arrangement of the elements of art in a work
Composition (language), in literature, oratory, and rhetoric, producing a work of spoken tradition or written literature

Decomposition (or spoilage) refers to the reduction of the body of a formerly living organism into simpler forms of matter.

6 comments:

Christine said...

I'm snooping. Sorry. Tell me to stop reading and I'll never visit again... but I think you're smart, thoughtful, and insightful.

Ginger said...

If you are smart enough to find me - which you are, then you are most welcome to be here. I'm not trying to shut people out. I'm just trying to start over somehow.
And thanks for the compliment. You help me to have all of those lovely qualities since you have them too.

We share. :)...a brain.

happyfunpants said...

I'm so excited to read your new blog and am glad that you're able to let me read over your shoulder.

Know that I'm here and support you - no matter what you write.

Wait. If you write "a lot" as one word, then I will stop reading...I mean, I can't let you think that I'd be reading that kind of slop. Anything else though? I'm so here for you.

:),
me

P.S. I hope you know which parts I'm kidding about and which ones I'm not. :)

Christine said...

Love the design!!

Christine said...

One more thing: You're not a pessimist.

But you are pretty. :)

Amira A. said...

Your background makes me feel like I just walked into a bathroom in Silent Hill.

Nifty. Hope you write more than I do.

Friday, June 20, 2008

De-Composition

What exactly is the purpose of censorship, other than to piss me off? I think some may argue that it is an attempt to protect people from the offensive, the morbid, the disturbing. And even though I think censorship adds to ignorance, I am completely guilty of participating in it.

For example, my blog, Viaggio, began as a cool way to keep in touch with folks. It evolved into my thoughts and opinions, a place to practice writing, and then became a place for my readers. I started blogging with the idea that they - my family, my students, my friends - were hanging out on the virtual couch on my shoulder, overlooking every key stroke. I started to censor my ideas and opinions which either showed a tremendous respect for my readers, if you believe in that definition of the word, OR it exposed a character flaw in me - the fact that I can't be completely honest with my loved ones. Either way, I'm sunk. I need to be able to rationalize, lament and scream without concerning myself with the shoulder couch potatoes. I suppose the easiest way to do this is to begin afresh. Hence we have De-Composition:

De (Chinese), concept of "integrity" in Daoism and "virtue" in Confucianism

Composition (logical fallacy), a fallacy of ambiguation in which one assumes that a whole has a property solely because its various parts have that property
Composition (visual arts), the plan, placement or arrangement of the elements of art in a work
Composition (language), in literature, oratory, and rhetoric, producing a work of spoken tradition or written literature

Decomposition (or spoilage) refers to the reduction of the body of a formerly living organism into simpler forms of matter.

6 comments:

Christine said...

I'm snooping. Sorry. Tell me to stop reading and I'll never visit again... but I think you're smart, thoughtful, and insightful.

Ginger said...

If you are smart enough to find me - which you are, then you are most welcome to be here. I'm not trying to shut people out. I'm just trying to start over somehow.
And thanks for the compliment. You help me to have all of those lovely qualities since you have them too.

We share. :)...a brain.

happyfunpants said...

I'm so excited to read your new blog and am glad that you're able to let me read over your shoulder.

Know that I'm here and support you - no matter what you write.

Wait. If you write "a lot" as one word, then I will stop reading...I mean, I can't let you think that I'd be reading that kind of slop. Anything else though? I'm so here for you.

:),
me

P.S. I hope you know which parts I'm kidding about and which ones I'm not. :)

Christine said...

Love the design!!

Christine said...

One more thing: You're not a pessimist.

But you are pretty. :)

Amira A. said...

Your background makes me feel like I just walked into a bathroom in Silent Hill.

Nifty. Hope you write more than I do.