Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sierra winter: Coined 'Virtual Harbin Communication' to characterize sociocultural processes in virtual place & time, 1960's freedom seeking movements

Harbin ethnography:

... potentially from your own bathtub as well, vis-a-vis the relaxation response (Benson, 1972 - who was scientifically studying Transcendental Meditation), and is informed by novel and singular, digital processes, vis-a-vis language and communication.

I coin the phrase 'Virtual Harbin Communication' here to characterize sociocultural processes in digital place and time, emerging out of the freedom seeking movements of the 1960s, and giving rise to the emergence of virtual Harbin, with which the pools (as well as psychedelics, for example – e.g. mushroom picking in the autumn in some parts of the world) in conjunction with developing, virtual world technologies, may give form to, vis-a-vis multiple, new kinds of communication, connectedness and beneficial symbolizating processes, understood in a freeing sense, as consciousness – especially vis-a-vis the relaxation response. Information technologies' contribution to these seminal processes - where technology is the use of scientific knowledge to replicating information, and information, “what is conveyed or represented by a particular arrangement or sequence of things” (Apple Dictionary 2007 – v.2.0.3), here, signs – electronic, binary 1s and 0s – used to create meaningful representations used for communicating. What's significant about these technologies vis-a-vis virtual Harbin, in this reading, is the possibility to, not only explore but, generate qualities of the neurophysiology of loving bliss, now in emergent virtual places, such as virtual Harbins. 'Virtual Harbin Communication,' then, refers to the possibility, too, to create new kinds of salutary, imaginative and beneficial connectedness, from the comfort of one's own home, and in a virtual world on a computer.

In the next chapter, I examine the methodological implications for studying this {'Virtual Harbin Communication'} thesis, ethnographically. ...

( - October 21, 2010)

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