“While “Dear Sophie” is an expression of an intimate set of messages from one individual to another, the Timeline is an aggregated set of shared moments, collected in the service of public display, an artifact of self-expression and identity.”—Joe Moon compares Google’s “Dear Sophie” ad to Facebook’s timeline. The comparison isn’t quite fair of course (an advertisement to an entire product revamp). But it’s a useful trope for the rest of his (excellent) post about the nature of performance on Facebook.
“This [quote from James Blake] is a microcosm of a lot of what I am finding increasingly infuriating in indie culture, i.e., a total rejection of overt masculinity, and this feeling that anyone who is at all macho is the enemy. Why does this culture have to be entirely the domain of skinny, sniveling beta males? Why is aggression, sexuality and physicality in music automatically conflated with a bad scene?”—Matthew Perpetua. (One of the reasons that I am such a fan of Bob Mould; music full of aggression, sexuality and physicality, and as a self-admitted bear, he is about as far away from the “skinny, sniveling beta male” as you can get.)
“Why do you do this to me? To the world? You are not a businessman, not a geek, not an engineer — you are an artist, and your canvas is the human race itself, the collective hive-mind of modernity.”—Dan Lyons is back.
“Unless you have the skill and know what you’re doing, you might want to avoid this song at karaoke even if it’s the only R.E.M. song on the list and you totally love the band. It might seem easy, but once you get up there, it’s a bit too late to realize that it’s actually kinda difficult to sing that “Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiire!” chorus.”—Matthew Perpetua on The One I Love
“But Bitcasa is not like any of those services. It doesn’t move files around. It doesn’t sync files. It deals in bits and bytes, the 1′s and 0′s of digital data.”—Finally someone is putting the “tech” back in “Techcrunch”
“A thirty-something dude who’s just been dumped by his longtime girlfriend reflects on the relationship as he rearranges his storage unit. Oh and the boxes in the unit are anthropomorphic.”—Neven Mrgan’s tumbl: The Movie. Fucking brilliant.
“I view advertising as being this romanticizing element that helps us appreciate, understand and enjoy how remarkable it is that we’ve been able to do so much, and learn so much.”—Jaron Lanier in the SAY Media Week in Venn.
This is what it’s come to, decomposing an entire genre to a top 40 lists of the best NOISES that made pop. That said, I can’t believe I wasn’t fucking consulted, because who in their right mind would put the Piano Glissando before the POWER CHORD? They can’t be serious.
“Together they set out on a patriotic and quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal entanglements.”—That’s the log line from the new Aaron Sorkin show that’s coming to HBO.