I hope this post finds you in truly spectacular form. Although I have not been prolific in my use of Discourse, I have genuinely enjoyed the little contact I’ve had with it via MPU and Automators. It reminds me of a time when having conversations via Internets didn’t immediately induce panic attacks. How quaint!
Anyway, I was thinking about whether one could use Discourse to create a small-scale social network in which genuine friends (rather than entire populations) could post either bullshit or considered discussions.
Has anyone done something similar? Is there another platform that would be relevant or better? And, if Discourse is the best option, how to manage the cost?
Obviously, simple email or IM threads could achieve something similar, but they’re not exactly encouraging people to interact on a deeper level. And they’re hard to catalogue and search…
Anyway – the broader idea I’m thinking about is how to use this incredible thing for actual discourse - which I’m sure a lot of you have been thinking about doing to. I was listening to a great review of Ralph Ellison’s collected letters the other day, and it made me a little sad that his community managed to have extremely sophisticated conversation via pen and paper, while we have used global connectivity to compress both language and discussion down to its bare minimum.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this, so please chime in and correct me, educate me, etc.