We can has community?
Dorama tl;dr: Owen becomes a gigantic badass hivemind overlord belt (ala The Borg Collective (7 of 9) or Queen Kerrigan, only not female), Mike goes “LOL NO U OWEN SI TEH HITLER LOLOLOL” and everyone goes “Noez we si not teh Zerg/Borg”. And then, out of nowhere, someone mutters “Resistance is useless!” Or “INVISIBLE COMMUNITY”, or something.
I don’t know. I didn’t write the drama. The darned writers are on strike. I had to hire kittehs to write the darned drama LOL. At least they work for tummy rubs and love, and not cold hard cash 😛
On the issue of Owen taking on multiple personalities, well, I’ll just say this. The Internet reveals what people truly are. I’m not being judgemental or anything, but even all the wars in the world put together could not rival the sheer intense hate that lurks on the Internet. From bastions of elitism like the gated community better known as SomethingAwful, to the depreciated slums known as 4chan, the only similarity between the two is the sheer amount of hate and evil contained within. Blog postings don’t reveal the true nature of the individual. It’s only when you put the individual into a different environment when he or she shows his true colors. I get flak from Owen for being the same kind of person on my blog as well as on IRC, well, I say it’s far better to be honest to yourself and others, rather than put on a mask and let others see that instead of the person inside. It’s got something to do with the issue of self, but that’ll take too long, and that’s not the point.
With that said, I think Owen has pushed out a rather fine idea. While I can’t vouch for the effectiveness of the collective, it does seem that at least they have something in common. Community-building is something we all must learn. That, and learning how to gracefully take criticism, something even I have to learn.
Unfortunately, while I do applaud the efforts of Owen and his Borg Collective, I won’t be taking part in it, or be a part of it. I, uh, am not a socialite. And I have issues with some of it’s members.
But the question remains: Is Owen truly a visionary, or is he just a petty tyrant? Only time will tell, and so far, he’s looking like a famous Chinese Man whose shares his English name with a rather popular boy wizard in fiction (who is also ripped, from my personal Intertubes).
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