does anyone read this blog but not leave comments? i ask because today is "lurker day" on public sociology and crooked timber -- a time for readers who don't usually comment to say hi, register their likes and dislikes, ask questions, and raise any other issues. anyone can comment anonymously here, so i'm guessing that there aren't many lurkers. still, it seems like a good educative- democratic thing to do, so i'd love to hear from you!
lurking is completely cool here (and actually kind of exciting), but did you know you can be arrested for lurking in minneapolis?
Lurking with the Intent to Commit a Crime. Minneapolis Ordinance 385.80. Lurking, no person, in any public or private place, shall lurk, lie in wait or be concealed with intent to do any mischief or to commit any crime or unlawful act. (Code 1960, As Amend. 870.050).
being charged with "lurking" seems to mean: (a) "you're up to no good;" and, (b) "we don't like the cut of your jib"; and, (c) "that's all we could get on you." online lurking, in contrast, is normatively prescribed behavior rather than proscribed deviance (i know, i'm such a deviance geek when i'm teaching this stuff):
Lurking - The activity of one of the "silent majority" in a electronic forum... posting occasionally or not at all but reading the group's postings regularly. This term is not pejorative and indeed is casually used reflexively: "Oh, I'm just lurking". Often used in "the lurkers", the hypothetical audience for the group's flamage-emitting regulars.Lurking and reading the FAQ are recommended netiquette for beginners who need to learn the history and practises of the group before posting.
actually, i'm betting it is a silent minority with this blog, but i'd love to know if anyone is reading who doesn't often post comments.
*"the bandwagon" is among my favorite adaptable cliches ("bandwagon departs in 5 minutes"; "REO Bandwagon," "rubber bandwagon"...) and teenage fanclub's bandwagonesque a favorite power pop album (after 30 seconds of alcoholiday the world looks a bit brighter to me, both in the "smart" and in the "sunny" sense of the word).