Re: virus: Self-observation

John ''Storm of Drones'' Williams (
Tue, 17 Jun 1997 10:01:39 -0400

>I don't agree : I've had an experience where I was
>1. Feeling the pleasure of seeing something.
>2. Saying to myself "I know why I like that, it's because when I was
>younger," and so on

I'm going to have to side with Chitren on this one. I've been trained as a
literary critic; therefore, when I read anything, I do whole bunches of
literary-criticism style reading. Part of my training included
reader-response criticism and post-structuralist criticism. Both of these
involve the observation of the reader as the reader interacts with the
text. The text-reader duality becomes an example of how people's thoughts
and feelings are shaped by the world, and how they in turn shape the world

This is the reason I'm drawn to memetics, I suppose.

In any case, observing this does not put me off the experience. Rather,
it's a different experience that I enjoy. It has, in fact, enabled me to
enjoy films that others seem to think are really really bad (Last Man
Standing, The Fifth Element, etc)

Not that this should be true for everyone. Literary theorists are too thick
now anyways. ;-)

John Williams
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