virus: virtual congregation

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Mon, 11 Aug 1997 13:54:59 -0700 (PDT)

On Mon, 11 Aug 1997, Wade T.Smith wrote:

> Where do youse guys think (or imagine, or picture, or virtualize) these
> conversations taking place? In defense of my own (albeit limited,
> right?....) imagination, I have, when I have pictured it at all, (since I
> am such a literal person, and usually just sit in front of a computer
> doing this after all), imagined a sparsely furnished meeting room with a
> large folding table, around which we few are gathered. Occasionally
> Richard comes by, gives a test, and takes some of us out to dinner. (I
> have not been invited yet....)

When I think about CoV, I mostly think about sitting at the terminal
reading and typing. I do sometimes picture the person whose message I'm
responding to, similarly sitting at eir terminal. Generally it stays
pretty cerebral and text-based, not turning into any image of a meeting
room. Now that I've met several members of the congregration in person,
though, I do have images for them and a better sense of personality and
tone. Since the vocal harmonics lesson and first ecumenical council on
Saturday, I may start picturing us all sitting at a Mexican restaurant
called Mama's with pictures of Elvis and velvet bullfighter paintings on
the walls.

> Anyway- is there a cyberspace we should be encouraging? Some MUD for this
> mudslinging?

Personally, I really like the email medium for what we're doing. I like
being able to look back at old posts I've saved later on, and quote from
a post in my response. Realtime discussion has its merits too, though.
I'll see whether I can dig up the address for Post-Modern-CultureMOO.

who did in fact find _The Mind of the Bible Believer_ at the library, yay.