Geek Mythology

February 27, 2010

New work 5

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New work 4

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February 26, 2010

New work 3

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February 25, 2010

New work 2

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New work

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February 23, 2010

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February 22, 2010

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“What George Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Aldous Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared that we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, precoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in “Brave new world revisited”, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite apetite for distractions.” In “1984”, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In “Brave new world”, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.”

-Neil Postman

February 21, 2010

The great contemporary terror is anonymity.

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“The camera has created a culture of celebrity; the computer is creating a culture of connectivity. As the two technologies converge- broadband tipping the Web from text to image; social networking sites spreading the mesh of interconnection ever wider- the two cultures betray a common impulse. Celebrity and connectivity are both ways of becoming known. This is what the contemporary self wants. It wants to be recognized, wants to be connected: It wants to be visible. If not to the millions, on Survivor or Oprah, then to the hundreds, on Twitter and Facebook. This is the quality that validates us, this is how we become real to ourselves-by being seen by others. The great contemporary terror is anonymity. If Lionel Trilling was right, if the property that grounded the self in Romanticism was sincerity, and in modernism was autheticity, then in post modernism it is visibility.”

-William Deresiewicz

February 20, 2010

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“Real life, our own life, is viewed next to the lives of celebrities as inadequate and inauthentic. Celebrities are portrayed as idealized forms of ourselves. It is we, in perverse irony, who are never fully actualized, never fully real in a celebrity culture.” – from “Empire of Illusion” by Chris Hedges

February 19, 2010

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“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

-Proverbs 29

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