Question of the Week: March 22nd, 2016

Do you ever feel a disconnect between online and offline groups?

To me, the big thing I notice is that people offline are very quick to wave away internet disputes and arguments.  It’s all a tempest in a teapot to them!  Or worse, they’re completely unaware of those arguments, because they have the audacity to follow different websites from me.

On the one hand, I can get behind that sentiment, because the internet is ridiculous and I am ridiculous.  On the other hand, you don’t say that.  If some people on the internet care about a thing, they care about it and nobody can take away from that.

About Siggy

Siggy is an ace activist based in the U.S. He is gay gray-A, and has a Ph.D. in physics. He has another blog where he also talks about math, philosophy, godlessness, and social criticism. His other hobbies include board games and origami.
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2 Responses to Question of the Week: March 22nd, 2016

  1. Silvermoon says:

    I find that offline tends to be more of a social setting, and/or sharing personal stories whereas groups online I pay attention to are, well, a lot more like this. Really in-depth analysis of our community + wider society.
    And people offline seem to think that I know a lot but really I just sometimes mention concepts and discussions I’ve read about on here. ^_^”

  2. Carmilla DeWinter says:

    It depends a lot on age. I’m scraping digital native, most of my ace people are a bit older, so most of them don’t follow the discussion here. But they do realize what happens here does influence the community. But in the end, we all agree: Internet is for activism and finding people, offline is for hanging out with said people.

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