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Saturday, January 11, 2003

Bearing Witness vs. Debate

Tom Matrullo has put his finger on one of my prime motivators in my blog-surfing:

”Conversation is all well and good, as are comments and trackbacks, etc. But one of the reasons I read blogs is to find folks who are more interested in bearing witness to something, anything, that they have experienced in the wooly irregularity of their singular consciousness - before it's been smoothed to fit the simplified conventional channels of public intersubjectivity - than in taking up the well-worn tokens of shopworn debate.”

As always, Matrullo states his case with class. IMO, ‘bearing witness’ is much more valuable than snappy little debates—even though, admittedly, the latter can be quite entertaining, and fun to jump into from time to time.

Unsurprisingly, Tom has his priorities straight.


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