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Eventually, real life knocks hard enough that you let it in.
Monkeysphere again 
11th-Jul-2008 10:42 pm
ferret!!
This is
SO
GODDAMN
GOOD
it deserves a journal repeat for the new folks.

http://www.cracked.com/article_14990_what-monkeysphere.html
Comments 
12th-Jul-2008 05:26 pm (UTC) - Nice.
I like it. I hadn't heard it put so explicitly before, but I've heard something similar. Heard that this is why companies number between 75-200 soldiers at a time. Small enough that your unit becomes part of your monkeysphere, I suppose.
12th-Jul-2008 05:32 pm (UTC) - Re: Nice.
That's what I'd been thinking recently too; that even on a carrier, you still have your division that you are assigned to, which gives you a community that is more manageable in size.

Unfortunately, it won't work with society at large because you can't force people to form groups of this size. The lack of easy personal transportation used to force people to stay closer together, but not anymore.
12th-Jul-2008 05:39 pm (UTC) - Re: Nice.
Hmmm, well...they do say that we're forming our own independent 'tribes' so perhaps we're doing exactly that. Its just that our manageable community can be anything from an online one, to something centered around a hobby, to something centered around where we work or where we go to church. Its not necessarily a community that is based on everyone in our vicinity any more.
12th-Jul-2008 05:53 pm (UTC) - Re: Nice.
Voluntary communities don't fit the same bill. I'm going to mull over exactly why, but a voluntary community is not the same. It's like the book club that only meets once a week; is that a community? Yes, but a sadly ineffective one. A virtual community doesn't meet some of the requirements for a comm; being forced to be together, and so they have to get along. I need to read on this some more...
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