…I figured I’d wait a bit for all the money drenched scum to clear out on their smart phones and tethered providers before I came back home. Frankly, the web was beginning to smell a bit, kind of a brand cheerleading, twitter giveaway social media marketing mephitisis. A general breakdown in the necessary perversity, chaos, and irreverence that made it interesting in the first place. A space with little sense of humor, and even less attractive. And then, just like that, it was all gone, it died, and became interesting again. In fact, it only makes sense. There was really no other way, for a zombie must first die to be reborn. Like a body I could still use, especially given the state of my own.
It’s good to be back, home, in this dead town on the edge of nowhere. The bava rides. Nobody.
And now, with no more ado, I bleed….
The weird thing is lately I’ve returned to more regular blogging, and daily reading of the RSS feed. Three years ago I had a smartphone, now I have $35 Peek that does nothing but receive email (and SMS relayed as email).
I love using twitter, but the linguistic difference is striking, isn’t it? Blogging, derived from weblogging, and applicable to activity done on any of three dozen platforms. Tweeting, from twitter, and applicable, generally, to only one provider. You can see the break. Somewhere we left the world of terms like social bookmarking, blogging, texting, wikis and the like and entered the world of Googling, Twittering, Facebooking, and Podcasting.
You know I have an ambivalent realtionship to these things. I do believe that the use of these tools, rightly conceptualized, does not necessarily support the system they spring from — in fact, many successful revolutions in history have turned the tools of the order against the order. So use of a tool is not equal to slavishly supporting the order that produced it. The U.S. would be a far better country if more liberals shopped at Wal-Mart and gave the money they saved to labor organizing efforts. Non-collective action in markets usually ends up having little or no impact other than a general feeling of goodwill. Where things get serious is collective action.
Meaning we can’t fall prey ourselves to this trap of the “ethical consumer” that changes systemic behavior through personal choice — that’s a straw man that has been used in our post-68 consumer culture — Vote with your wallet! In other words, forget one man one vote — money is votes….
Yeah, I need to organize these thoughts. Blog post soon maybe…
But the linguistics is fascinating, isn’t it?
“You know, if he had stolen a little less, I could see her a** right now.” — Crow T. Robot
Oh, I’m sorry, it looks like you guys are trying to have a serious conversation…
That’s the money shot from Danger: Diabolik, isn’t it?
Disco, you always loved the money shot 😉