Hello world!

27 December 2005 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

But what do we mean exactly by “world” here?  Certainly not the “whole world”–that is, the world as a whole, the planet earth and all of its inhabitants.  This would assume that everyone has access to the internet, and we all know that’s NOT the case:  there are the HAVES and there are the HAVE-NOTS (the so-called “digital divide”).  So then “world” must mean whoever happens to read this:  the potential audience:  you, who are reading this–right now.

According to philosopher James P. Carse, in his Finite and Infinite Games, “World exists in the form of audience. . . . No one determines who an audience will be.  No exercise of power can make a world.  A world must be its own spontaneous source.  ‘A world worlds’ (Heidegger).  Who must be a world cannot be a world” (#64).

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