Integrity is best defined by pointing at key examples. On three, little ones, all point at me. Watch me pray. What me give a press conference. Read my soundbites. I am Integrity in Motion. Right and Wrong - I know the difference. I am right and they are wrong. You are right if you are with me. You are wrong if you are against me. Clear?
Sometimes it is hard to know which is the sock puppet and which is the author function. Is the AF doing Tutor or the other way around? The thing is that the AF gets in where Tutor is persona non grata. So, all, watch your language and leave the canapes for your betters. You are welcome to listen, but don't talk. Losers are better neither seen nor heard. Philanthropy is for the winners. But if you suit up in red jackets, no one will be the wiser. You will be invisble passing the trays around and collecting the empty wine glasses. What comes over us in such company, what is that but "wealth bondage," the way we shut down, or recognize that we are not welcome? Social class is paralyzing. And it sets in first in the tongue. ("Tongue-tied in Wealth Bondage," aren't we all?)
In the Master's house it is best to hold a respectful silence, or to speak politely. Do not wear costumes unless specifically requested. Do not sing spirituals unless requested. Show your ID at the door. Dancing in blackface is forbidden, for reasons of good taste. If you want to be irreverent do it in the slave quarters when no one else is around. That would be my advice.
The engraving, as my Fellow Adjuncts well know, is from Erasmus, The Praise of Folly, a great source book for all who court wealth and power.
Wealth Bondage and Gifthub - can anyone shed any light on the very different stats?
WB gets 1,000 page reads a day
Gifthb gets 50-150
WB has approximately 25 readers in bloglines
Gifthub has 550 and growing fast
WB has lively conversation daily
Gifthub has almost none
WB has 300-400 inbound links
Gifthub has 30-40, many of them from WB
What I get out of it is that we are moving to a new model of the net - one way Web. The publish and subscribe model is winning. People who do not blog and do not link and do not comment subscribe to niche narrowcasters like Gifthub to keep up with a specific predefined ("Dewey Decimal System") topic. The old style underground network seems to be less active or not growing. There are plenty of bloggers but not the same underground spirit. When you adopt an irreverent tone you may live to regret it since real life and blogs have converged. The web is no longer "just us."
I realize I am generalizing from very little data. But I would be interested in anyone else's impressions. People subscribe to Gifthub, I am guessing, because it sounds like it is inside the firewall of what? Well, Wealth Bondage, but they wouldn't call it that, they would call it Philanthropy for Ultra-High-Net-Worth-Individuals. My response is to hijack Gifthub and to get a little Dumpster feel into it. Carnival not outside but inside the big house. I have no desire to emerge as a reporter "embedded" among the wealthy and their advisors. Now "Zelig" is another story. I wouldn't mind popping up in the safe places frequented by the rich, dressed in my leisure suit, as Dungeon Master to the Stars.