"Communication is not just words, paint on canvas, math symbols or the equations and models of scientists. It is the interrelation of human beings trying to escape loneliness, trying to share experience, trying to implant ideas. "Fellow theatrospherians... Are we really that different? So many of us stand on either side of imagined boundaries on a virtual map. Sure we have different approaches, different tone, timbre, volume, points of view. The obstacles we encounter are diverse, but sometimes we are our own obstacles.
William Marsteller - cofounder of PR company Creative Management.
In the end, haven't we each set up our own stations online in order to accomplish similar goals? If we pull back to absorb the entire periphery, we see a garden instead of a barbed thorn beneath a single bulb.
We may not agree as to the best method for tending the garden, but no amount of shoving each other will exile the other gardener. We can choose to be opponents towards each other if that serves to encourage debate, exploration, cross pollination. But, we should strive to remember that none of our "opponents" are attempting to ravage the green. No one's goal here is deforestation or desolation.
Kurt Vonnegut told an anecdote about how his father remarked that none of his stories had a traditional villain. I like my fictions filled to the brim with pulpy drama. Whereas the theatrosphere can certainly house fictions, it is for many a primarily non-fictional medium. When it comes to my non-fiction...I think it better to strive for Antagonism divorced of Villainy.
Antagonism is inevitable.
Villainy is not.