I've thought about us for a long, long time. Or just the few minutes it took to find out how to join up here, but the first allows for a cleaner
melody. Like all good members, I figured it best (and semi-required
) to introduce myself to the community at-large.
I'm male, rapidly approaching middle-age and born in that soon-to-be-gone transitional period where children went from playing Jedi with sticks to
playing Jedi with high-end LED electronics that cost more than my Sega Genesis. And if we want to discuss readily available gizmos that aren't even
recognizable from their predecessors, gaming systems are quite literally the science fiction of two decades ago. There's even a robot with
citizenship, even if that's more publicity than actuality. The world has gone mad, and it's quite lovely (I enjoy my PS4 as much as my son, thank
you very much. On that note, parents, why threaten to take away your children's games when they misbehave? I've found it far more effective to
threaten to play on my son's account
and make him watch as I ruin his KDA; I'd not seen his room so tidy in years.).
And here I am, communicating with people from across the globe (and possibly down the street, too), about whatever topics we'd like. Those pesky AOL
CDs might be all that remains of our civilization millions of years from now (okay, obviously not, but it's purple
and I like purple; used to
be the color of royalty, ya know.), but they also served as the herald of the Dawn of the Internet, without which this wouldn't be possible. Or,
actually, would just be insane, rambling to myself and what-not.
In a way, even this is a bit nuts; solopistic philosophy aside, this is the internet, and on the internet, no one knows you're a dog. This is
particularly relevant on a forum discussing "conspiracy theories" and other "loony" subjects outside of mainstream tolerance, where the subject of
many a topic is, at its core, objectivity. How can we maintain an atmosphere of trust and verisimilitude when any number of the posters might very
well be part of the "Beast," or what have you, on top of
being on the internet, where the most basic of truths is to not believe anything
because it's the internet
And yet it is done, not just here but in any of the number of forums and sites and communities, nigh-uncountable these days. Real, genuine
relationships are formed between people who know nothing more of each other than the typeface setting of their browsers and available character maps
(so many emotes I just can not see as anything more than boxes, without downloading the 'net's worth of fonts). Trust is built based on verification
of their claims; you have to think a bit more to trust someone on the internet, at least with the sort of discourse present here. It takes more to
"get to know" someone on the internet, and for me, that's worth it.
I look forward to getting to know this community.