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- n. One who wanders aimlessly, who roams, who travels at a lounging pace.
- n. An idler, a loafer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who strolls about aimlessly; a lounger; a loafer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An idle, gossiping saunterer; one who habitually strolls about idly.
He was called a flaneur, one who strolled the arcades.
The flaneur is a stroller, a loiterer, someone who ambles through a city without apparent purpose but is secretly attuned to the history of the place and in covert search of adventure and knowledge.
The flaneur is a multilayered palimpsest that allows us to move from real products of modernity to a critical appreciation of the state of modernity and its erosion into the past.
‘the flaneur is a loiterer, a stroller who ambles through the city without apparent purpose but is secretly attuned to the city, its history and secrets’.
The word "flaneur" is italicized because it is not English, but possibly also for emphasis ... if the sentence had read "The Major is a _fool_", with the word "fool" italicized, it would clearly be emphasis.
The analogy of the SL experience as like visiting a city is spot on, you can be a homeless wanderer, drifting through collecting freebies, picking random spots on the map or typing silly words into search, in many ways similar to the aesthetically guided roamings of the literary "flaneur" or the aleatory encounters of the situationist "derive" … Philip Guest described SL in his book Second Lives as "a low level search for each other" ..
'flaneur', and fop, who, according to the world, had misused a wife, misled her brother, robbed widows and orphans, squandered a fortune, become drunkard and wastrel, and at last had lost his life in
"He goes on to consider the circulation of copies in our culture, which also operate as a" flaneur, "in that copies eternally yield their own aura in relation to new contexts.
Johnny Cubert White: Casual Encounters | An avid walker, Johnny Cubert White embodies Baudelaire's idea of the flaneur--a wander of the city in search of images that inspire; he merely observes, constructing narratives.
Casinos, dancing rooms, divans, night houses, pleasure gardens, music halls, and cafes worked as more casual sites for picking up a bedfellow, but most commonly the flaneur fulfilled his desire by hitting the streets.