Sunday 17 August 2008: The Thinker
Blipper philosophy has a long history, conventionally divided into four eras - the Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary.
The Ancient era runs from the year blip through to the moving out of the city period and is the first time that distinct layers of thinking were evident. The Medieval period runs until roughly the end of the second century and includes the first meeting of minds of fellow blippers and is a bridge into more recognisable presentation of today's blipper.
The "Modern" era is a word with more varied use, as the creative side of the blipper comes to the fore and includes everything from post modern Scottish skiing philosophy through to the period of blue sky thinking just before the end of the third century.
Contemporary philosophy encompasses the philosophical developments of the third century up to the present day, including a recent period of French influenced philosophy including religious ideas and peaceful reflection. The contemporary blipper has the aperture to really focus in on the detail and beauty of a memory.
The key figure in transforming ancient philosophy into a unified and continuous project into the contemporary era - the one still being pursued today - is Joe Blogs who founded the blip movement. It is said that following a visit to the Oracle of Blip he spent much of his life questioning anyone who was into photography and the internet who would engage him, in order to disprove the oracular prophecy that there would be no one else interested in posting daily photographs on the internet. Through these live dialogues and images, he examined common but critical concepts that lacked clear or concrete definitions, such as beauty and truth, and the virtues of piety, wisdom, humour, courage, and justice.
The numerous and growing number of students (or 'blippers' as they have become known) of Joe have since then applied the daily journal and picture taking method of inquiry to examine philosophical problems. Interestingly, the blipper community embodied the 'be excellent to one another' as its highest principle and in their most famous works, the blippers attracted much comment and discussion about art and many other philosophical concepts.
In most recent times, the re-emergence of the assignment culture has led to more thought and development again, often with a flash of illumination.
But what about the future of philosophy in the blip community and the answer to life, the universe and everything? Well ... we'll just have to wait, watch and see.
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THANKS EVERYONE :-)
Of course, thanks to the blip team for their work behind the scenes.
Thanks Mrs42 too. Love you.