NOTE: It’s been a very long time since I’ve done an audio version of a blog post, but somehow, the subject matter tonight just seemed to warrant it. I hope it helps to clarify my point — it’s about being understood.
You can listen to the blog post here:
This is what a cup of bamboo rice looks like
A situation cropped up this evening that made me stop and think once again about this sometimes confusing, frequently fragile, and often combative virtual world we live in on JTV.
I was in the Quintano_media channel for a little while tonight as I was sorting out my most recent justopia.com grocery receipts. I’ll admit, I was not paying full attention to the broadcast. I had come in from a relaxing few hours out with a friend and signed on to see what was going on at JTV on a Sunday afternoon. Anthony had asked me for some blog help just before I ran out to lunch so when I got back I thought I’d stop by to see if he had things sorted out.
As I was working on organizing my papers, Anthony mentioned that one of the JTV viewers/participants/broadcasters, Designergirl had been in a terrible accident. I am familiar with Designergirl as a frequent “face” during The MagicRich Show. I referred to her as a MagicRich fan, but apparently that hit a nerve with some of her friends.
I lurk in Magic Rich’s room a few times a week and I don’t recall a time when Designergirl was not in there “manning the room,” helping out, keeping things “under control.” My response to the question was never intended to be negative, disparaging or hurtful, however it seems I caused a bit of a stir with some of her friends. In my dictionary, Fan is nothing more than a descriptive noun, one that describes an admirer, a devotee.
It tastes a bit like spinach. It’s got an “herby” kind of hint to it.
In my time here I’ve witnessed a lot of “stuff” on JTV. What I have learned is that this is an absolute virtual reality, but that real live, living, breathing people are on the other side of the keyboard and that they have feelings. Words often seem to fly around without much consideration of the consequences in many cases and I can only begin to imagine what goes on in private messages — both instant and email.
Rice and Short Ribs with a Side of Broccoli
Things around JTV are quite often upbeat, but at times people get hurt and people get angry and people silently brood over actions and comments that are put forth and I was just a bit surprised to receive pointed mail from someone I’m not sure I’ve ever “spoken” with in the past.
I participation as a chatter has been waning in the past 7 months and when I am in a room, I often won’t bother to log in. That helps keep me from participating in chat. In most rooms I just seems increasingly difficult to make myself understood in chat. I “hear” my voice just as though I am saying it out loud, and in turn I “hear” what is said to me as though I am really hearing it, but I think I often misread situations. Ok, I know I often misread what is being communicated to me on the screen.
I don’t feel like having voice conversations with most people I communicate with on JTV, but jeez, sometimes I think it’s the only way I can feel comfortable that I have gotten the message, or more importantly, that I’ve delivered the message accurately and appropriately.
That said, I hope Designergirl is on her way to a full and speedy recovery!