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Taking the WanderingScribe to the next level

I blogged about the WanderingScribe last week and the implications this idea had in terms of blogging and virtual realism. We are currently working through New Media theory, especially cyber / virtual realism, and this topic does cater as an excellent analytical example.

One of the comments on the WanderingScribe post was that the WanderingScribe is most probably a research project idea, it actually sounds like a good idea, but I do believe that this blog is a genuine one. Nevertheless it is a highly interesting phenomenon, since it has real implications.

Read my other post about the WanderingScribe here and have a look at this comment section. Feel free to add your opinion.


  1. Blogger WanderingScribe | Saturday, May 13, 2006 5:47:00 pm |  


    I was wondering what you meant by this. How it is interesting? I am Wanderscribe.

  2. Blogger Gregor | Saturday, May 13, 2006 11:13:00 pm |  

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  3. Blogger Gregor | Saturday, May 13, 2006 11:20:00 pm |  

    Hello WanderingScribe,

    Thank you for your interest in my comment.

    Where is mentioned ‘interesting phenomenon’, I referred to my former post and to the following:

    I find it fascinating, how relationships and stories transcend from our ‘real physical’ world into cyber space (the virtual realm), and can result in ‘real’ life changes.

    The WanderingScribe, you, are a virtual character (I am not dismissing your legitimacy here) in the sense that you only exists in the virtual realm for me, as a readers. I do not know who you are in ‘real’ life; what your character, your humour and your emotions are, as I have not met you face to face, within a physical presence. Nevertheless, as a web user, I identify to certain traits and ideas, and react according to them, even thou they are not physically real. And what is ‘interesting’ is the fact that you have received a certain amount of attention, help and even money to help you out, and this based on a character and story which is only present in the virtual (for the readers). In one of my previous posts about your blog, I mentioned how society in general has stigmatised people of certain stature and class. Homeless people are part of this stigmatization as much as the next well-heeled banker striding past your car right now. And in our ‘physical’ real life we often and easily dismiss beggars or homeless people, where as in your case, internet users have become interested in your story and have reacted to it. Would you have gotten the same reaction, kind wishes or even some generous donations if you would have walked the streets of London with open palms asking for aid?

    It is ‘interesting’ that this seems to work more easily within a virtual community, where certain preconceptions and stigmas are not as easily definable and identifiable as in the ‘real physical’ world. It is ‘interesting’ that those people within this virtual community believe you to be authentic, and by interacting within the virtual space with you, are able to change your actual ‘real’ life.

    Also, ‘interesting’ in this sense then also draws to the idea of where this kind of virtual community will take us, if it is a once of reaction due to its novelty or if the virtual realm allows more room for consideration and humanity?

    These are questions and ideas which I find ‘interesting’. What are your thoughts on this?

  4. Anonymous Blue Max | Sunday, May 14, 2006 2:50:00 pm |  

    lots of words! but.....
    Gregor will be better off sticking to photography!

  5. Blogger Gregor | Sunday, May 14, 2006 3:19:00 pm |  

    blue max:
    too little words! but......
    This comment section is supposed to be a constructive one, one discussing a theory which cannot just be dismissed by an invlaid and thoughtless comment such as yours.

    I am discussing the issue of hyper reality vs. 'real' reality and its implications, so let's stick to that point...

  6. Anonymous jake m | Sunday, May 14, 2006 9:19:00 pm |  

    your point is valid gregor. ws's blog did help her situation, this does speak for the power of blogging and hence the importance of virtual communities. since people's stories become more transparent via this technology there is also more scope to help.

  7. Blogger ? | Friday, May 19, 2006 5:44:00 pm |  

    hmmm . . . that is true. the ws experience has powerful implications for online ngo's, fund raisers, media observers etc.

    it will be interesting to see how this pans out ....

  8. Blogger Wobblingscruffbag | Friday, May 19, 2006 6:18:00 pm |  


    Pay a visit. You will be glad you did.

  9. Blogger wanderingscribe | Tuesday, May 23, 2006 10:14:00 pm |  

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  10. Anonymous WanderingScribe | Wednesday, June 28, 2006 6:41:00 pm |  

    I don't need a blog anymore because it has achieved all I set out to do.