Elvis (Bukanator) has entered the building Oct 9, 2006 15:11:57 GMT -5
Post by VanillaFlava on Oct 9, 2006 15:11:57 GMT -5
bukanator said:I happen to love text editors, but you are right, they are kinda boring. VI roks btw
Well, well now, VI and invoking the ghost of Marshall McLuhan ... Is Bukanator a child of the sixties? *primes his ears to detect Leary quotes*. Although, point taken, BSD altogether does indeed rok! I'm more of an UltraEdit person though ... simply because more means MORE. No matter that I will never use any of it.
Will YT deliver the world, where TV has failed? Has the telephone brought us closer together? I mean emotionally? Empathically?
I doubt it. That's where McLuhan fails, astounding visionary that he was (I mean who else was talking of the global village when Strawberry Fields Forever was yet to make the charts?).
But, he was also, at least in my eyes, a techological determinist. Technology would drive history for him. I think it never really has, but it certainly gave it shape. I think, when trying to understand what really determines history we should look toward Foucault (well not the one with the pendulum, but the one with the panopticon). The answer is simple: power!
Technology can be power, and yes, it can liberate, but it is not the only, and maybe not even the most potent source. What is then? Stories! They change history all the time!
Called, somewhat disdainfully, idology by Marx, religion by some, scientific discourse by others. I guess today we would remain respectfully neutral and simply call it memes.
War on Terror, Axis of Evil, World Poverty, etc. Sure, there is truth in there, it's not all just smoke and mirrors. But more importantly than the fact, at least for us people, is the meaning they have to us.
What am I trying to say? Well, unless World Poverty actually MEANS anything to us, above one of the ticker tape entries on CNN, then a LG15 on YT will change very little in the end.
McLuhan also, a little later, proclaimed that the medium is the message. Now, not to get into that can of worms too deeply, but I think it is always the message. The story, and what it means to us. Whether it's told around a campfire, piped to the world via YT or brought to us in Lucas-style infini-surround ... it is always the story, and if it is powerful enough, it will shift things.
Should be invigorating to anyone who thinks he has something to say. Because eventually, if the story, the meme or whatever you call it, is convincing, touching or relevant enough it will change reality, forever.
bukanator said:VanillaFlava>> So, if poor Boris is dead, who is the new Bukanator?
Good question. We are all wondering ourselves ( me included ) But hang in and be patient, we did not know who Bree was for quite a while. You know, we all love a mystery ...
Hmm ... I am trying to decipher this. Who Bree was? You mean the real person? I don't think we will go on quite so determined an investigation this time, because in the end, it just brought disenchantment. I am more delighted in the fact that the ghost of Bukanator, who in a sense is the reason we are here in the first place, has sent us an emissary.
Let's not disenchant it again, and just see where this particular rabbit hole will lead us.
And yes, we love a mystery! So tell us a story and maybe we'll change the world.