Sunday, December 21, 2008


Since writers are in the business of selling their work, they are not unlike the media in that they typically seek out celebrity or the bizarre and extreme. Not unlike television, they want to hold their writers the way television seeks to hold its viewers. Don't change that dial. Don't quit flipping pages or stop reading. That being the case, writers risk misrepresenting society, behavior, and what is acceptable in the mainstream. There might be little objectivity to their work. What they write about might not be at all representative of what really happens, or rather, what usually happens. It is probably the exception rather than the rule.

It is important to always keep in mind the scene for every human action. Human interaction is contextual in nature. In a sense, though, it all comes down to the question of how much of what we do is due to cause and effect as opposed to genuine libertarian free will. I think it is important to accept that both bear sway in our lives. I think though, in academia, the notion of cause and effect holds the predominant position. Perhaps I have misapprehended it, and I will study it further and consider the question in all I do when writing.

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