Thursday, August 05, 2004
Having Joined the Borg
Way back in 2002 John Hiler wrote
BLOGS: THE NEW BORGHave been quite the Borg-ling recently. After a morning of letter-writing, commenting everywhere elsewhere except here, and poring over every nuance of every story, my eyes can't even close because of dried-out eyeballs.
Star Trek's Federation of Planets faced its greatest challenge in the Borg, a race of cyborgs (half human/half-machine) who assimilate alien life forms into their collective. Like an army of ants, the Borg Collective possesses a shared consciousness infused with a ferocious determination to crush their enemy, at any cost.
Blogs relentlessly track down every scrap of news, assimilating it into the Blog Collective hive-mind with stunning efficiency. It doesn't stop there: individual blogs each add a small insight to the story, drawing on their personal experience and contributing to the conversation. Then the conversation takes over, exploring every possible implication and insight with a ferocity that astounds.
Yes, I look very attractive these days too.
So will shut up now, turn off the computer, and go for a walk, assuming the Borg will let me...
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