down the rabbit hole

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Am feeling a bit like Alice today. After I wrote that, I went looking for the original text, and found it at CMU. Right on target it was:

In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.

The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well.

Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she passed; it was labelled `ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as she fell past it.

My adventures in the blogosphere seem to be starting out quite similarly. One moment I'm minding my own business, teaching introductory multimedia classes and chauffeuring children to cub scouts, and the next I'm exchanging e-mails with Joi Ito, Marc Canter, Chris Locke, and Halley Suitt.

Along the way, I'm passing all sorts of interesting nooks and crannies, with barely enough time to register their existence before I've slid past them into the next virtual space. Time seems to have sped up in a strange and somehow exhilarating way.

What is it that's so seductive about this medium? Is it the breaking down of boundaries between personal and public? Maybe.

What do you think? (I know you're out there. Even without checking my server logs.)

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It's like nooks and crannies with mirrors. I think that's the appeal - the ability to follow so many possible paths to see aspects of yourself reflected in others.

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