Emocracy and Expressive Verse


Emocracy is a variant of Score Voting. The differences are thus:

1) It has as many negative ratings as positive ones (hence the name "Emocracy", which is Emotions + Democracy: one can like as well as dislike; one may want to bury one candidate as much as one may want to promote his favourite). It means that the range in Score Voting is moved halfway down, towards the negative. 0~10 becomes -5~+5. Thus, to describe Emocracy as 0~2 is inaccurate, first because it should be -1~+1. Although it makes no difference mathematically, it does make a difference in what the voter perceives. Secondly, unlike what the current implementation of Emocracy on this site might suggest, Emocracy is not restricted to 3 levels. It can also be -5~+5, -10~+10, etc.

2) Emocracy has the added option "I don't know"1

via http://en.minguo.info/blogs/augustin/the_definition_of_emocracy

The same thing that guides her is what guides expressive verse. And just like Duncan’s movements which have a potency and power to them, expressive verse aims to achieve the same. Not only is beauty an objective but also intensity!

If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire ever can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?

-Emily Dickinson

The same is true for expressive verse. In fact, it may be the only thing that is true for expressive verse. Whether something poetry is not defined by metre, rhythm, or rhyme. It’s defined by expression. Many of Dickinson’s poems make me feel as if a large stack of bricks has slammed into my core. The same holds true for when I watch Martyrs by Pascal Laugier, who himself said he tried to infuse something into Martyrs that was largely missing in film: emotion. That’s one of the aims of expressive verse, and that’s why I also like to call it express verse.

‘Express verse’ is a good short-hand because the message is often delivered quickly; instantaneously; almost psychically; and with “high velocity” impact for those who have felt the same way for a long time but were yet to find any piece of work to capture the experience. It’s interesting how when I connect to one of Dickinson’s poems, the whole poem makes sense—even the parts that logically and grammatically don’t make sense make sense. I think something similar might exist for express/expressive verse. In general, people get it quickly or they don’t—the same way people could quickly tell if they liked Duncan’s dancing.

via http://en.minguo.info/book/panoramics/expressive_verse



It's interesting that you put together those two seemingly unrelated quotes dealing with different topics. I read with a lot of interest your book page on Expressive Verse. While reading it, I kept thinking: how can we apply what you say about dance and poetry to community building and social change? How can we achieve the same level of expressiveness, of beauty, of gut-wrenching statement when dealing with humanitarian causes, political and environmental advocacy, etc?

Thanks for digging up my old blog entry on emocracy. I completely forgot about it. I don't know how you found it. Back then, the site was a simple forum with some polls. The wiki was almost non-existent, and it's only this year that we started using personal books. And the fact that you dug up 5 years old information that is still interesting and valid today, but that was buried deep simply because it was... 5 years old, provides an example why I do my best to organize the site in a way that makes the distinction between perishable and non-perishable information: did you read this? http://en.minguo.info/wiki/content_types

Anyway, thanks to you, I salvaged those old notes on emocracy, and added them to a new wiki page http://en.minguo.info/wiki/emocracy that we can keep improving over time. And from now on, the information can easily be found because it'll remain at the top of the tag page: http://en.minguo.info/taxonomy/term/51 . If we do the same on every topic, then we have the recipe for success for this community and for social change. See: http://en.minguo.info/book/augustin/the_measure_of_success

There are quite a few more interesting statements and questions you posted in some of your earlier blog entries, that I'd like to come back to, but it'll be for another day.


When you defined emocracy as

When you defined emocracy as "emotions plus democracy" it reminded me of an essay that I had wrote (also five years ago! First published: Feb. 2, 2012.) about poetry. I was never an arts student in school, but poetry started to become increasingly influential in my life--particularly the works of Emily Dickinson that capture realms of human experience in a way that is rarely found elsewhere.

Yes, I did read your post on content types. I like your organizational scheme for perishable and non-perishable content.

I've also revised some of my earlier entries and have posted the updates here: http://en.minguo.info/blogs/panoramics/democracy_and_decision_making_rev...

That way people don't waste time commenting on information that's already obsolete.