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12 October 2014

Tx for sharing!
Thought I'd get that obvious joke out of the way.

I wouldn't mind going to Austria for a conference. Nice food, nice old stuff to look at...
posted by jouke 12 October | 09:38
It's a cool idea. I looked at the conference sessions..."What's Left to Share" sounds interesting.

I have to confess, though, I'm often bemused that European art schemes/collectives/conferences often have this combination of deep-lefty democratic ambitions and obscurist, almost anti-communicative modes of discourse. I don't know that I'll ever fully get this, not being European. A lot of what crosses my desk is like that, though.

It would be good to think about what we mean by "sharing." When I was a much younger person, it meant, somewhat concretely, to divide up a resource amongst yourself and others, to allow them to use or have some of what you were using or had. You were both going to take part in the same thing because one of you did an act of generosity. At some point, it took on this more abstract/interpersonal quality: "I just wanted to share my feelings with all of you," "I need to share something that is in my heart today." That's not so much "sharing," in the dividing/distribution sense, as it is "telling" or "making a proposition" or "uttering." It seems to me that a lot of what gets "shared" on Facebook and its ilk is really "utterances" rather than "sharing" of any meaningful kind. There is some sharing that meets the old definition - inviting someone to an event, giving them a recipe they asked for." But popping stuff u and asking people to watch or read something you liked isn't exactly "sharing." It's not an act of generosity.

Beans, beans!
posted by Miko 12 October | 14:29
I'd like to share some beans.....

A whole plate of them, I'm thinking.
posted by mightshould 12 October | 16:26
I ate my plate of beans. Don't worry. In an hour or so I will be sharing them. I can't help it.
posted by arse_hat 13 October | 00:26
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