Thanksgiving conversation

Photos by Mum Jinx, who writes "A warm and happy Thanksgiving at Larry & Lynn's again this year. Here's the part of the pre-feast conversation that did not take place in the kitchen."
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Not sure if that photo is from Thanksgiving day or day before or after. Here's a photo from the same holiday from cousin C'Anna.

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Photo by cousin C'Anna. "Table is set and ready"
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Nice picture of my mum and I taken by cousin C'Anna:
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I like doing dishes after Thanksgiving dinner—because I'm so full it feels more comfortable to stand than to sit! 🙂
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(Photo by cousin C'Anna)

A conversation 14 years long

Have we met?

I asked that question here on this site in September of 1998 in a post one month before MetaGrrrl.com would turn into what we would later call a blog.

I say I’ve never met Karawynn, Jamie, Carl and Justin. What the fuck does that mean?

I sit next to someone on the bus, I shake hands with a co-worker’s client who I’ll never see again, I chat with the bank teller and somehow these are people I’ve met?

My body doesn’t encompass me.
I don’t have to breathe the same air to be in the same place as you.

Have we met?

What a different world we live in now. We’ve been through radical changes in politics, technology, and cultural norms. Our days have transformed as the non-present world becomes present through these magic devices in our pockets. I live in a different city. Have a completely new career. Am in another relationship.

What hasn’t changed? Many of those people that some folks used to say I’d never met are still a part of my daily life.

So here’s my question for them, and for you, what has made these “virtual” connections so strong?

How has the way we built the web and the mobile internet and our tech-centric cities strengthened and weakened those chains since that year, 1998, when it seemed like maybe this world wide web thing might be sticking around?

 

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A conversation 14 years long