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dreaming realist

I wrote this brief post last week -- then temporarily nixed it, but then thought much better today, adding a couple links: Well, I was doing some research on Gibson's "consensual hallucination" from 1982 -- you know, war is a kind of consensual hallucination onto itself, as well, and even more of a hallucination when images -- verbal and/or photographic -- of it are strategically or not-so-strategically disseminated in cyberspace so as to hallucinate “knowledge” of events and people half the world away and conjure-up a phantasmic consensus about their meanings and significance. But then, as is nearly always the case when researching online, I digressed onto several other productive tangents, including this one:

"Dreaming in public is an important part of our job description, as science writers, but there are bad dreams as well as good dreams. We're dreamers, you see, but we're also realists, of a sort." William Gibson

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