27 Name: Anonymous : 2019-04-03 20:27
I think you put it quite nicely. Spending time interacting with those kinds of anonymous mediums is akin to having a conversation with oneself. I don't talk to anyone but myself on here because there's no reasonable way of identifying the entities who reply to my replies, and who thought the thoughts that made be formulate my own thoughts in the first place. But I know *for sure* that I am reading what has been written, and I'm certain I have hit reply to change the quality of some minuscule chunk of reality. Further: Thinking does work when you're forced to think. Had I not decided to reply, I would not have thought those thoughts. It's like solving a math puzzle. I don't just come up with a solution. I pick up my pen and start to write down what is given, and just jot down what might turn out to be useful. Coming up with ideas is an interactive, hands-on process for me; to actually think out proper thoughts, I have to go through the effort of trying to translate them into some sort of semiotic system which makes them verifiable to others (not excluding myself; everyone is another person).
Reading in general is not unlike having a conversation with oneself, maybe with different parts of yourself.