About Aerides

I am a graduate student in media studies who often feels more at home online than anywhere else. I devote more time to exploring the Web, reading and writing than to any other activities. As a scholar, I write to comprehend the manifold of signification that emerges from cyberspace. As an activist, I write to call for liberty of thought and expression, as well as to advocate associated perspectives in education and government.

Apart from media studies, my intellectual proclivities lean towards Peircean semiotic, philosophy, and sociology. My hobbies include listening to music, watching animé, and discussing online. It is not unheard of for me to spend entire days debating politics or philosophy with friends on IRC (you can find me on Freenode and Rizon, generally either as “Aerides” or “Aeon”).

A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring. – Ludwig Wittgenstein

Aerides refers to a variety of orchids. Etymologically, it originates from the Greek αέρηδες, meaning “airs”. In the world of bureaucracy and law, I am a quebecer who bears a composed given name referring at once to a clever Biblical figure or an ancient Jewish king, and a tree which bears a wonderful fruit. My patronym, on the other hand, would have you believe that I work in the textile industry. I will leave it to the reader to decide which of these names best describes me.


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