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Name:metaphorshear
Birthdate:Nov 11
Location:Greater London, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Once experienced, a true metaphor shear, alters perception.

"Anyone who uses a word processor for very long inevitably has the experience of putting hours of work into a long document and then losing it because the computer crashes or the power goes out. Until the moment that it disappears from the screen, the document seems every bit as solid and real as if it had been typed out in ink on paper. But in the next moment, without warning, it is completely and irretrievably gone, as if it had never existed. The user is left with a feeling of disorientation (to say nothing of annoyance) stemming from a kind of metaphor shear--you realize that you've been living and thinking inside of a metaphor that is essentially bogus."
- Neal Stephenson
'In the Beginning was the Command Line'
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