“For 500 years, knowledge was contained, in a fixed format that you believed to be a reliable version…”
For 500 years, knowledge was contained, in a fixed format that you believed to be a reliable version of the truth; now, moving to the post-print era, we are returning to an age when you’re as likely to hear information, right or wrong, from people you come across. Pettitt says that the way we think now is reminiscent of a medieval peasant, based on gossip, rumour and conversation. “The new world is in some ways the old world, the world before print” he says.
Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter, has a similar idea: “If you went back to Ancient Greece, the way that news and information was passed around was, you went to the agora after lunch in the town square. This was unfiltered, multi-directional exchange of information”.
It makes me think of this line from The Cluetrain Manifesto, one of the most influential business texts of the internet age, back in 2000: “What if the real attraction of the internet is not its cutting-edge bells and whistles, its jazzy interface, or any of the advanced technology that underlies its pipes and wires? What if, instead, the attraction is an atavistic throwback to the prehistoric human fascination with telling tales?””
- The rise of the reader: journalism in the age of the open web | Katharine Viner | Comment is free | theguardian.com
SCRIPTURA VITAE † A FILM BY AEROSYN-LEX MESTROVIC † TRAILER (by Aerosyn-Lex)
Protein commission a new short-film, premiering October 22nd 2013 on Channel 4 Random Acts.
And, yes, I’m thinking about the possibilities for working with poetry in this way. Thinking hard…
- Claude Monet (via creatingaquietmind)
Those of us who are the smiley types: we’re friendly and nice and give a good impression. And really, we can con a lot of people onto thinking we’re just terrific. Like all the time, terrific. And you should feel very grateful in your life when you come across someone who just doesn’t buy it. And all of the hidden stuff you don’t like to think about is somehow suddenly very present: your superficiality, the way you don’t quite tell the truth. They cut through your hypocrisy. You’re exposed, but you’re also free.”
- This Moment is the Perfect Teacher, Pema Chödrön (via creatingaquietmind)
I’m constantly on the look out for new project management tools. BamBam ticks a number of boxes. Added to the “experiment with” list…
- Psychologists explore the creative benefits of mind-wandering (via explore-blog)
“Franklin tried a divide-and-conquer approach. He drew up a list of virtues and wrote a brief goal…”
Otherwise known as the opportunity cost?
I would just like to say thank you for the talk you gave to the Singapore Nanyang Girls’ group in ’11. I was in the group at the time and had stopped writing because of a rejection from a writers’ camp. After your encouragement to write + the encouragement from friends, I reapplied and got in last year, and since then have received much encouragement from mentors and friends. Looking back, it had a lot to do with your talk then, so thank you so much!
Congratulations on making it into the writers’ camp, and kudos for being tenacious enough to reapply. It’s a gift to hear that I was able to play some part in supporting your writing. Oh— and it sounds like you’ve got some great friends!
Write on, Anonymous. Write on.
“To the young writers, I would merely say, “Try to develop actual work habits, and even though you…”
- John Updike’s Advice to Young Writers: ‘Reserve an Hour a Day’ | Open Culture
- Hicok, Odyssey
“I’d argue that, whether you like it or not, hashtags are absolutely essential to accurately relate…”
Ah, the fluidity of language and contemporary punctuation. #grammarswoon
Why People Really Love Technology: An Interview With Genevieve Bell – Alexis C. Madrigal – The Atlantic
"We’ve been in a decade of dematerialization, all the markers of identity. You and I, when we were younger, knew how to talk about ourselves, to ourselves and others, through physical stuff—music, the books on our shelves, photos. We’ve gone through a period where a lot of that content is dematerialized. It became virtual. You could send people playlists, but it’s not the same as having someone go through your record collection. It had a different sort of intimacy.
"And it doesn’t surprise me that after 10 years of early-adoptive dematerialization, all the identity work and now the seduction of physical objects has come back in full force. Now it’s kind of a pendulum: we move between the virtual and the real a great deal. And we have historically—that’s hardly a new thing. I suspect that part of what we’re seeing with the Etsy maker and that whole spectrum is a kind of need for physical things because so much has become digital, and in fact, what’s being manifested in some of these places is really a reprise of physical stuff. Physicality has kind of come back."
“I had to learn to think, feel and see in a totally new fashion, in an uneducated way, in my own way,…”
- Henry Miller— Reflections on Ŵriting
Mother of George Official Trailer 1 (2013) - Drama Movie HD (by Film Festivals and Indie Films)
Wow. What a feast for the eyes. Looking forward to seeing this, and how it delivers beyond visuals.
Of course, you do as best as you can to believe in every young poet you work with.
I’ve lost track of the number of schools I’ve visited, the number of projects I’ve facilitated, the number of poems I’ve offered feedback on, but each one of them has been cause for celebration, no matter whether the poem, poet or project offered up a private, local or openly public achievement.
That said, I’m hosting an extra special celebration in my heart today for Warsan Shire, the first ever Young Poet Laureate for London. Nearly 10 years ago, she was the girl in her mid-teens who wandered into a workshop I was running in Wembley, a stunning writer even then. And over the years she’s continued on from strength to strength…
Warsan Shire, salute.
Yep. Autumn looks like it’s going to be good to us, as far as new music is concerned. First up, the release of Machinedrum's Vapor City. The web developer/designer in me really is really intrigued by the metaphor of sonic cartography used to power the new site. Somewhat reminiscent of older instalments of GTA (and a few other free-roaming console games) in which you had to reach a milestone in the main storyline before a new part of the city would be unlocked. More than that, I love the idea of sound as place. Looking forward to seeing how (whether?) that's going to be developed further…
Vapor City is available via iTunes, Amazon and Ninja Tunes. Enjoy.
Miscellany turned 6 today!
Wow. 6 years of Tumblr. Do I qualify for an OG award?
- The Define Journal | Right Brain: Laura Babb // The In-Between
Not so sure about the playlist itself, but the description? That resonates…