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Mouse

3 Jun

I’m been listening to this artist John Maus a lot recently. Haven’t been able to find any torrents but he has much on YouTube.

It’s a interesting style. Very mystical and spiritual. Sometimes creepy. Always enjoyable.

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Everything’s a trap

3 Jun

Here’s an article I read for my anthro of art class. It touches on institutional theory, Damien Hirst, concept art, and traps and their deepness. Enjoy, share thoughts if you get any.

Gell, Vogel’s Net

Internet Isolationism

4 May

Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles”

In this Ted talk Eli Pariser offers a counter-narrative on the social impact of the Internet. Because of the selection mechanics behind things like Google Searches and the Facebook news feed, Pariser contends the Internet may be fragmenting rather than unifying the population. He worries that the intense drive towards individual customization will lead to people being isolated in “filter bubbles,” a place where you see only what exactly corresponds to your interests and everything else is hidden. To reverse the trend of fragmentation Pariser calls for search algorithms and other selection mechanics to have “embedded ethics,” a system that will ensure that individuals receive information that falls outside their filter bubble.

I believe Pariser makes a great point. There is definitely a real danger that the Internet will overall be a force of atomization and estrangement. I think right now the Internet already behaves like that in some respects, but it is balanced out by unifying forces, so it can’t yet be said to be a fragmenter. It would be sensationalist to say that the individualization could become so radical that people become completely out of touch with reality, but that doesn’t mean something like that would be impossible; it’s just that now it’s a far-off possibility. I think what is important now is to make sure the Internet doesn’t head in that direction. The question is, what can we do to reverse the trend in that direction? Pariser suggests “embedded ethics” where your customized interests are always paired with an opposite viewpoint. But honestly, I don’t think this would be that effective. If that were to be implemented, what would stop someone from just switching to a website that provides only what they wanted to see?

I think maybe the sort of thing Pariser is talking about is really just a symptom of a wider systematic problem. The isolationism of “filter bubbles” seems to me to be the logical end of the individualism of consumerism as applied to the Internet. Really, if  it does happen we shouldn’t be too surprised. It was sort of inevitable from the start.

Eddy, Hello

18 Feb

edmund, hello

who is this? derek and aaron, the answer. (we r who we r).

our message? a message! peace and love amongst mankind!

the method? adventure tymes! ( i mean like thymes)!

why? to say hello to you, edmund!

[chant]edmundedmundedmundedmundedmundedmundedmundedmundedmundedmundedmundedmundedmundedmundedmundedmundedmundedmundedmund[chant]

 

p.s. this will make sense in retrospect.

p.s.s. watch out for english broads and their disgusting teeth!

cherrio! (not like the cereal!  tho we love cereal!)

 

 

yeah dog, dog.

reedslow

2 Dec

Heartfields Ethnography

J.S.M. FTW

25 Nov

Was reading Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill and came across this passage:

 

Few human creatures would consent to be changed into any of the lower animals, for a promise of the fullest allowance of a beast’s pleasures; no intelligent human being would consent to be a fool, no instructed person would be an ignoramus, no person of feeling and conscience would be selfish and base, even though they should be persuaded that the fool, the dunce, or the rascal is better satisfied with his lot than they are with theirs. They would not resign what they possess more than he for the most complete satisfaction of all the desires which they have in common with him. If they ever fancy they would, it is only in cases of unhappiness so extreme, that to escape from it they would exchange their lot for almost any other, however undesirable in their own eyes. A being of higher faculties requires more to make him happy, is capable probably of more acute suffering, and certainly accessible to it at more points, than one of an inferior type; but in spite of these liabilities, he can never really wish to sink into what he feels to be a lower grade of existence. We may give what explanation we please of this unwillingness; we may attribute it to pride, a name which is given indiscriminately to some of the most and to some of the least estimable feelings of which mankind are capable: we may refer it to the love of liberty and personal independence, an appeal to which was with the Stoics one of the most effective means for the inculcation of it; to the love of power, or to the love of excitement, both of which do really enter into and contribute to it: but its most appropriate appellation is a sense of dignity, which all human beings possess in one form or other, and in some, though by no means in exact, proportion to their higher faculties, and which is so essential a part of the happiness of those in whom it is strong, that nothing which conflicts with it could be, otherwise than momentarily, an object of desire to them.

Whoever supposes that this preference takes place at a sacrifice of happiness- that the superior being, in anything like equal circumstances, is not happier than the inferior- confounds the two very different ideas, of happiness, and content. It is indisputable that the being whose capacities of enjoyment are low, has the greatest chance of having them fully satisfied; and a highly endowed being will always feel that any happiness which he can look for, as the world is constituted, is imperfect. But he can learn to bear its imperfections, if they are at all bearable; and they will not make him envy the being who is indeed unconscious of the imperfections, but only because he feels not at all the good which those imperfections qualify. It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, are a different opinion, it is because they only know their own side of the question. The other party to the comparison knows both sides.”


Context for my music

15 Nov

From here.

“and what i studied in college was economics and when i am not reading about music i am mostly reading about the economy, except sometimes i can’t bear to read about it anymore because there is this pervasive sense of hopelessness about it and we are living through a rare occasion in economic history when mainstream economists and wackjob economists are in agreement about America’s economic present and short-term future. Kim Jong-Il’s speeches about North Korea’s wildly prosperous economy sound preposterous and the rest of the world laughs at him because his people are starving, but it’s harder to laugh when are own leaders are making the same speeches and people here are starving (“new york city’s 1.7 million recipients of food stamps”). and so i guess it is intuitive to think that american independent music, made and received in the context of a collapsing economy, is a product of a similar escapism

and there’s a general understanding among economists, and this might be true among scholars in other fields too (about their respective disciplines) but i didn’t study other fields so i don’t know, that history can be accurately understood through an economic lens and almost any mass idea or action can be tied to a parallel circumstance in the economy and there are superficial circumstances that are put forth as explanations for these ideas or actions but if you dig deep enough, or sometimes you don’t even have to dig that deep, there’s an economic motivation to explain anything. wars, art movements, political movements, trends in mass psychology, etc etc etc. there are aesthetic changes that shroud economic changes, you know, “cash rules everything around me”

and sometimes i read Pitchfork reviews for chillwave records or witch house records and think of how often they review a record and use words like “amniotic”, “womblike”, or “womb” to describe it — it’s like pretty much all the time right? five or ten years ago every other twentysomething wasn’t making hazy, woozy, droney, “womblike music”. there was no band called Baths and no crop of hundreds of projects that sound like washed out. but suddenly there are multiple micro-movements that sound like nosedives back into the uterus, “amniotic”, because the world has gotten too hopeless and terrifying to handle. two years ago bands like toro y moi (age 23) and baths (age 21) and the hundreds of other projects that sound like that might have been (or were) on the beach, because two years ago it seemed like the economy might recover soon and the beach was a fun place to wait it out or escape it temporarily. now they’re crawling back into bed or getting into the bath

and missing the idea that chillwave and its siblings are the product of a collapsing economy and the instinct to escape it, and the effect the economy is having on the first generation of kids to have it worse than their parents, kids who graduate prestigious schools and wind up working at the supermarket, kids who have no hope of making a decent living as a musician for very long if at all, is like thinking that citizen kane is a movie about a sled and animal farm is a book about some talking animals. every music writer that has written about chillwave and neglected to understand this just failed the kids who make it. chillwave is an economic phenomenon, and it’s the sound of kids who are long past anger and frustration and defiance

after the japanese economy collapsed in 1991, the country went through what is referred to as “the lost decade” (1991-2000) and the kids who graduated college during that time are known as “the lost generation” because they lived with their parents for an unusually long time before being independent and went through a bunch of other social turmoil associated with chronic unemployment and turned out as semi-functional adults a lot. american economists have been talking about avoiding “the lost decade” since 2008. one of the symptoms of that is “hikikomori” which is a term that refers to “the phenomenon of reclusive people who have chosen to withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation… from various personal and social factors in their lives.” how many chillwave artists are one-man bedroom projects? like almost all of them right? (dave hawke, ernest greene, chaz bundick, will weisenfeld, alan palomo, tom krell, etc etc etc)

and it’s frustrating that the music press considers the sonic choices of bands like Toro Y Moi and Baths in isolation, because that cheapens their ideas and turns chillwave into an aesthetic fad or a trend or a bandwagon instead of a more psychosocially-rooted movement or a communal reaction, a bunch of kids going through the same thing and reacting the same way. and chillwave (and whatever microgenre How To Dress Well is) is resonant because listeners want to get into baths too, you know?”