Naming my new (and much improved WordPress site) “In the Cloud”, I remembered this text from http://www.dancinginkproductions.com/ . It describes this special place well, especially the sweet spot where the real and online worlds meet.
The Internet is one virtual world fed by countless tributaries–platforms–that arise and fall and feed into one collective body. Like water, the Internet reflects physical reality but also contains a life of its own. … the intersection of physical and virtual reality.
A number of years ago when I first started at Columbia for my graduate work, life online was examined as if it was an entity all to itself, yet as I finish there, the definition of what is “real” is not so clear or defined.
The subject matter…is not that collection of solid, static objects extended in space but the life that is lived in the scene that it composes; and so reality is not that external scene but the life that is lived in it. Reality is all things as they are. ~ -Wallace Stevens
Still in the process of moving everything over from many resources and blogs …