a couple of thoughts after yesterday’s presentation at the SCM conference.

jillian bull, from rmit, was speaking after me about virtual care. she talked about some research done by kipling williams through macquarrie university, which indicates that being ostracised on egroups (and someone can perceive they are being ostracised by simply not getting any response to a comment they leave on an egroup or blog), causes the same physiological reaction as being hit. wow.

in the conversation about virtual worship, i asked the question about whether one could achieve immediacy on the internet – the state where one moves beyond the medium so that you are no longer conscious of it, and are ‘caught in the current’ of something bigger. one participant said that happens all the time for her when playing world of warcraft. and that it’s all to do with flow… i think she’s onto something

we also wondered whether virtual worship – as with all worship – would work best when it’s shaped around an existing community, so that it’s not being created for a hypothetical ‘other’. i think a few ideas are brewing…


  1. I could hardly allow there to be no comment on this post!
    I have actually felt injured by “putting something out there” and having no response. Some see the e-world as being cold and unpersonal, but not so when we begin to look at emotional responses to interactions (or lack there of) on the internet.

  2. Cheryl

    i’ve had the same thing happen. pour your heart and soul into a comment and get nothing back… it’s like being invisible.

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