TeaTimeSunday
page {-1} ~ the past
NOTE: 11/21/02 - The 154
BUFFY-VERSE SERIES SONNETS
[BVS] from Tea Time in L.A.
are being (slowly) REFORMATTED.

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NOTE: 9/24/02 - Buffy
was a well-conceived and
executed idea ... that has
run its course.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
was -- like all entertainment
intended for mass distribution
-- never designed as a vehicle
for public conversation
(connection)

BOTTOM LINE: We salute
Joss Whedon's creative team
... as we move on.

NOTE: 9/19/02 - UPN has
deleted all conversational
threads described below
(at www.buffy.com)
as part of a redesign
that, as yet, makes no
provision for forums.


THE STORY of this

project BEGINS in

Buffy's BRONZE ...

... Television at

the level of art . . .

AND conversation

raised

to that level . . .

. . . by the vehicle

of rhetorical verse.
(see the tale below)

A thoroughly

postmodern

and "GOOD LORD!"

insanely romantic

foundation

for the combination

of TV and Internet . . .

. . . WHICH EVERYONE

talks about

WITHOUT a clue

[smile]

BUT WILL be invented

STARTING RIGHT NOW.

So help me God.

[profoundly sincere smile]

I solemnly swear.

[and God just heard that,
so I'll get right on it]

AMEN.

[smile]

forensicpoetry

a k a Jim Boke Tomlin

 


[DESIGNER'S NOTES:

(REMINDER:The UPN BRONZE
forums described below ...
no longer exist.)

. . . AND BEYOND

THE INTERACTIVE INTERFACE OF
WWW.BUFFY.COM IS SIMPLE AND
ELEGANT . . . BUT INSUFICIENT
FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF ONLINE
CONVERSATION EVOLUTION.
SOME
OF TEATIMESUNDAY'S DESIGN
PHILOSOPHIES ARE VISIBLE IN
OUR CONTINUING (BUT LIMITED)
PARTICPATION, AND SO WE WILL
CONTINUE TO POST LINKS WHILE
TECH FOR THIS SITE EVOLVES TO
THE LEVEL FOR TRANSITION.
ALSO NOTE THAT THE DAILY
"TEA TIME IN L.A." PHASE
3.20-5.22/02 (SCROLL DOWN)
IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL WE COULD
ACHIEVE WITHIN CURRENT BRONZE
CONSTRAINTS,
& SHOULD BE
CONSIDERED ONLY
ROUGH SKETCHES
ON A PATH
TOWARD A NEW
ONCE-PER-WEEK
ONE-HOUR GLOBAL EVENT,

BUT USEFUL FOR EXPOSING A
POPULAR CULTURE AUDIENCE

TO EVOLUTIONARY IDEAS
IN PUBLIC CONVERSATION
AND KEEPING IT FUN.]

SUNDAY 21 JULY 02

TeaTimeSunday (8) THEME:
The "Postmodern" Controversy
invades Sunnydale (Good Lord!)
SUNDAY SONNETS:
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
is a stupid title ... unless
you're a poop-head modernist,
in which case it's really
cool an' all



SUNDAY 14 JULY 02

TeaTimeSunday (7) THEME:
The "Postmodern" Controversy
SUNDAY SONNETS:
Jesus is a "Pomo"...and other
absolute truths of postmodernism



SUNDAY 7 JULY 02

TeaTimeSunday (6) THEME:
Ending of Season 6/Death of Tara (cont)
SUNDAY SONNETS: Buffy,
Dead/Evil Lesbians, Under God,
& Other Clichés of Life on Earth
as We Know It


SUNDAY 30 JUNE 02

TeaTimeSunday (5) THEME:
Why Rhetorical Verse?



SUNDAY 23 JUNE 02

TeaTimeSunday (4) THEME:
Buffy - The Death of Tara (cont)
SUNDAY SONNETS:
"To yelnif, for Joss who cares,
regarding Tara"



SUNDAY 16 JUNE 02

TeaTimeSunday (3) THEME:
Buffy - The Ending of Season 6
SUNDAY SONNETS:
"To Joss, for yelnif who sings,
regarding Tara"



SUNDAY 9 JUNE 02

TeaTimeSunday (2) THEME:
(MOVIE ON TRIAL)
SUNDAY SONNETS:
COURTMARSHALLING
"... Private Ryan"

NOTE: The links below to www.buffy.com
will soon lead to "empty" posts due to
periodic purging of existing messages
at the (official)Buffy/UPN site.

LINK to THE BRONZE (www.buffy.com)
TeaTimeSunday CORKBOARD for this wk.
(ERASED during August '02)

TeaTimeSunday at The Bronze (4-5PM)
(MESSAGES BELOW were ERASED during August '02)
BRONZE CHANNEL 1 (VERSE ONLY)
BRONZE CHANNEL 2 (VERSE FREE)
BRONZE CHANNEL 3 (VOTE +5/-5)
(NOTE: yelnif's vote of -5 on the ending of Season 6
inspired a great deal of thought ... and in the following
weeks would dominate the themes of most of my sonnets.
I saw I needed to discover WHY the Death of Tara
caused so much REAL PAIN to some... Far beyond what I
could understand... until I wrote some sonnets "for yelnif."



SUNDAY 2 JUNE 02
(THE 1ST TeaTimeSunday)

THEME: HUMAN CLONING



































BELOW THIS LINE LIES THE PAST ... SOME HISTORY... WHY TEATIME IS WHEN/WHERE IT IS

THE FUTURE: THIS SITE IS BEING PREPARED FOR YOU

THAT FUTURE FAR TRANSCENDS "THE SEED" OF THIS PROJECT . . .

BUT WHILE YOU AWAIT THE INTERACTIVE MIRACLES TO COME . . .

THE LINK BELOW WILL TAKE YOU TO THE STORY OF "THE PAST" . . .

THE FOUNDING EXPERIMENTAL EXPERIENCE THAT PAVED THE WAY TO

TeaTimeSunday . . . IN "TIME MACHINE" (DAY-BY-DAY INDEX) FORM . . .

 
THE PAST: TEA TIME in L.A.The Bronze/3.20-5.22.02

Wherever you are in the world . . . it's the same time in the online enviornment

named after the fictional nightclub in Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- The Bronze.

At the official UPN site www.buffy.com, The Bronze's clock is set to New York

City time. . . . So, if you're wondering, that's how TeaTimeSunday ended up

being at Tea Time in Manhattan (4:00 PM) . . . Of course, if you ask the Brits

(and I did), you'll get conflicting opinions about just what "Tea Time" means,

with some of them claiming there isn't any such thing . . . But I'm sorry, I've

heard about "Tea Time" all my life . . . Movies taught me there is Tea Time,

and as I'm sure you know movies do not lie. (smile) Well anyway . . . We

spent 10 weeks (starting wlth the first day of Spring) holding Tea Time in

The Bronze . . . and, oh yeah, we had to talk in verse . . . either haiku

or -- now, get this -- iambic pentameter . . . That was my idea . . . OK,

here I'm going to brag . . . I wrote 154 Buffy-related sonnets . . . and yeah,

there are a lot a people who'd say (as some have asked me in The Bronze),

"SO WHAT's THE POINT OF THAT?" . . . AH. That's where you need to understand

the difference between poetry and rhetorical verse . . . the latter being

a disciplined way to share viewpoints . . . with the goal of being

as clear as normal speech . . . but with the heightened power of rhythm,

the memorability of rhyme . . . the surprise of (fast-graspable) metaphors

. . . and . . . (most important for the Network Society) . . . concision.

The person who takes the time and care to focus their opinions through

the constraints of the Shakespearean sonnet form, have not only trimmed

their words down in number . . . but if they truly learn to speak in

a "natural voice" in verse (rather than in an strained, artificial manner)

their ideas will flow in a way that is far more efficient . . . which is

to say . . . considerate . . . of all those who are willing to listen to other

points of view . . . but, like each of us, can only stand so much. . .

IN OTHER WORDS . . . doing this is good for democracy . . .

Yeah, yeah . . . . we hear that kind of crap all the time . . .

Mostly from those who want to say the word because it's a word

that sounds comforting . . . truth, justice, the American way . . .

democracy . . . "democracy" . . . yada yada yada . . .

BUT I TRULY MEAN IT: DEMOCRACY. . . . As ugly as it can be . . .

Which is the point I'll end on here . . .

because "Good Lord" (smile) I could go on forever . . .

Civility.

In The Bronze there's a handful of volunteers who handle the mostly

thankless task of continually posting "the rules" of online dialogue there . . .

RESPECT . . . and all the details of "what not to do" for those

who can't figure out how to act based on that word. . . .

BOTTOM LINE: Only one uncivil sentence was spoken during Tea Time

in 10 weeks. . . WITH THAT I rest my case. . . Kindest regards.

AMEN.

P.S. Oh yeah [smile] There's always one more thing, right?

TEA TIME in L.A. was held at 4:00 PM PACIFIC TIME . . .

because (Duh!) that's Tea Time in Los Angeles . . . BUT THAT MEANT

that if any Brits wanted to participate . . . it was MIDNIGHT

and of course we weren't in sync with the BRONZE CLOCK which was

as I said before . . . ON NEW YORK TIME . . . And the point of this P.S.

is to nail the vampire's coffin shut on this ramble . . . by

making it COMPLETELY CLEAR why TeaTimeSunday is

on New York City Time . . . and not Los Angeles

. . . even though that's the time that Sunnydale ought to be on.

Well, I'm sure you understand that by now if you're ever going to [grin]

. . . so I'll just SHUSH. [ewg]

forensicpoetry

a k a Jim Boke Tomlin

6 JUNE 02


NOW. . . COMPARE the above
(written in online posting style) with
THIS four-sonnet sequence I posted
in the Bronze threaded "flow": WHY
I POST IN SHAKESPEAREAN SONNETS
(also listed in index at link above)



NOTE: As of 6/29/02 the UPN
Bronze site has erased the
first 50,000 messages posted
there. The links below were to
two of those. CLICK HERE INSTEAD.
SONNETS #4-7
WHY I POST IN
SHAKESPEAREAN SONNETS

PART 1 buffy.com tid=48156 (ERASED 6/29/02)
PART 2 buffy.com tid=48152 (ERASED 6/29/02)



The defense (for rhetorical verse) rests. [smile]


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