I find network sites and Internet forums rather like inviting your friends out to a restaurant where you can eat as much as you like, as you always have space for it; and you can stay as long as you like.
Sometimes we all order the same foods and sometimes friends order different foods. If someone's order looks interesting, I might ask to try some. If I like it, I'll order some for myself. If I don't like it, I won't have any more or order something else. Some friends’ orders don't appeal to me at all so I just wish them bon appétit.
Each order represents each friend's contribution to that particular network or forum.
Ordering the same foods represents sharing similar world views and interests.
Ordering different foods represents different perspectives which, if they appeal, I might try on for size. If I like, I might adopt; if I don't, I will reject.
Orders that do not appeal represent ideas that do not resonate, which I know are not for me, at least not in that moment of time.
I believe it matters not whether we are all eating the same foods, trying each other's foods, or eating different foods, as long as we're experiencing the restaurant together and having fun that's all that matters.
In my restaurant, you can eat as much as you like. You are not forced to eat anything you don't like; and you can stay as long as you like. You are also free to come and go as you please.
That's my kind of freedom.
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