Seinfeld fans will remember this memorable speech by George Costanza, contemplating the impending meeting of his fiancee Susan and his friend Elaine:
George: You have no idea of the magnitude of this thing. If she is allowed to infiltrate this world then George Costanza as you know him ceases to exist. You see, right now I have Relationship George. But there is also Independent George. That’s the George you know, the George you grew up with… Movie George, Coffee Shop George, Liar George, Bawdy George.
Jerry: I love that George.
George: Me too, and he’s dying. If Relationship George walks through this door, he will kill Independent George. A George divided against itself cannot stand!
Well, there’s Internet Bryce and Real-Life Bryce, and I’m pretty sure they’re different people. Will one kill off the other if they meet? We won’t know soon, since I won’t be in New York until Thanksgiving.
As I watch plans for bloggernacle parties being made in the Six Degrees of Times and Seasons thread, I wonder what effect, if any, these gatherings will have on our little community here. Here are a few of my thoughts, some serious, some not. Feel free to make your own predictions.
- T&S becomes divided into the Utah group and the New York group, with small fringe groups in Austin and Durham (ok, 1 person is not a group). Each group has its own in-jokes, and on-line conversations soon become indecipherable without a glossary.
- The tone of discussions becomes much more polite as people discover they can’t really get angry at the person they liked so much in person. Unfortunately, this leads to an overall decline in the quality of the debate.
- Sacrament meeting attendance in the New York area declines dramatically as large numbers of area bloggernackers recover from their late-night revelry.
- In a related development, the New York Times runs a small item on a police report of suspicious cult-like religious activity in Manhattan.
- A few long-time bloggers disappear from the bloggernacle after their spouses, who were dragged to the parties, demand that they stop hanging around with “that bunch of freaks.”
- In 2006, Times and Seasons readers participate in an online wedding reception for two yet-to-be-determined bloggernackers.
- Everyone has a lot of fun and says “we should do this again sometime.” The groups never meet again except in cyberspace.
- Alternate ending: everyone has a lot of fun and says “we should do this again sometime.” A weekly gathering results, and T&S dies a slow, lingering death as commenters gradually quit spending so much time online because they’re too busy with their real-life friends.
Have fun everyone! Take some pictures for us.