Here’s some raw material, mined from cyberspace by your peers. If you see any of your own breadcrumbs in this list of links, consider yourself honored!
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WORDS FROM THE YOUTH:
HOW TO LIVE THE GOOD LIFE:
OR THE LONELY LIFE:
Tron Commercial hidden in vague cultural criticism:
Minimalist future as now:
Posted by Bill Barry – 11/09/2009
The problem with sentimentality manifested in a collection of physical things is at least two-fold:
– It is a largely manufactured, rather than humanly innate, desire. The more vehemently we cling to this confusion, the more stuff we are likely to buy and accumulate.
– In as much as sentimentality itself is natural, we have always found a way to express it. For most of human history, that way has been through a rich oral tradition and meaningful ceremony. As we lose touch with that history, we also lose a significant part of what makes us human.
A future in which physical excess has been re-considered and largely eliminated, both for sustainable and aesthetic reasons, does not have to be one without sentiment, as long as we can re-discover the art of tradition and culture building which now lies supplanted by consumerism and neurotic hording.
Posted by Another Deb – 11/09/2009
I worked for a few months at a cleanroom facility that made microchips and discovered what sensory deprivation was like. There were only pieces of machinery, no paper was allowed other then tiny notebooks made of special lintless paper. We had yellow overlead lighting for the photomasking process, no natural light. We were all garbed in the head-to toe white bunny suits including face masks and hoods. We could barely tell one shapeless form from another except by our voices. Even then, we were not supposed to talk much because the moisture particles might be sprayed through the mask.
In that emptiness I composed the most lovely poems, got great ideas for writing, saw the images of potential paintings in the reflections of the silicon wafers and overall had some kind of Homer Simpson trippy brain journey during every shift. Even so, I would not want to live there!
Stanford prison experiment (in response to “We Live In Public”)
computers will save us from ourselves:
but first, practice who you are:
Boys Beware – FRACTAL