The website for the Institute of General Semantics says:
General Semantics ... it's not what you think. It's how you think ... how you feel ... what you see ... what you hear ... it's what you do.
So, general semantics is... everything? Of course I am over generalizing here. I studied philosophy in college and I love conversations delving into language and being and non-being and the eternal return and that dreaded question: "Does this chair REALLY exist?!"...
Needless to say I am excited to gather our roundtable of experts to discuss this topic on Tuesday. Even though I have done extensive pre-interviews with Lance Strate and Bill Petkanas I feel like I am only grasping the very basic knowledge of what general semantics is all about. Mainly because it really is about so many things - the way we communicate, the way we understand society, politics, human relations...
Douglas Rushkoff will also join the show for a bit. He is a noted media critic (formerly on Where We Live talking about Crowdsourcing). He'll be giving the keynote speech at the 56th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture this upcoming weekend in NYC. Check out some of his writing from Arthur Magazine. (Excerpt from article below).
By the way, Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski (yes, that is his full name) developed the theory of general semantics. The Institute he founded was based in Connecticut from the mid 40's to the mid 80's, and he's actually buried in the state.
To prepare for the conversation, please read Lance Strate's blog. He is the Executive Director of the Institute of General Semantics, a founder of the Media Ecology Association, and Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. We'll be expecting you to call in with brilliant observations.
Excerpt from Reality as Subversion, Douglas Rushkoff, June 2005: