After only a few songs I switched my Pandora internet radio station from “Discovery” mode to “Deep Cuts” and it worked out much better. Right now it is playing some deeper cuts from Warren Zevon and similar artists. Nobody is really like Warren Zevon, but algorithmically it tries to pick something similar. That is what I’m listening to right now and thinking about the nature of inaction and our political divides. Over the years, I have spent a lot of time writing about civil society and the nature of civility. Quarantine and the nature of collective action has made me begin to reflect and think about all the various elements of how the greater social fabric brings us together. Maybe that is why I’m starting to want to dig into election prediction metrics again and why I’m so curious about where things will head here as we emerge from this watershed moment. That emergence might create a stronger community based on a shared experience or it might create additional micro-fragmentation and create small tears in an already politically divided social fabric that protects our democratic values.
Obviously, my thoughts are on some pretty tough subjects this morning. Maybe that will be enough to push this weblog post to actually having an official title. The last weblog post I could easily find with a title after a bit of searching around happened on March 26 and that was 54 days ago. Maybe that is a solid measure of how long the malaise lasted between quarantine and contemplation of a perfect possible future with some earnest hope that a direction forward is possible. Perhaps now is a good time to devote today toward a path of deeper thoughts. Today just maybe be a day of deeper thoughts. I did find a blog post title for today. Sometimes thinking about how a title is supposed to signpost to the ready some expirenation of what is about to unfold creates a little bit of a sense of duty to pick a good and meaningful title. That is probably one of those things that sometimes works and sometimes does not work. Assuming that my weblog posts are going to meander back toward a 4-5 page daily output cycle having a quality title to explain the nature of the essay being delivered is probably important enough that it deserves some consideration.
Apparently, instead of just writing and publishing at the end I have developed a somewhat strange habit where posting along the way seems like a good idea. That is probably not the best habit to have developed. It does end up expanding the size of my archive files.