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  • Doug Belshaw 8:23 am on December 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , internet, music, simon-reynolds   

    The reason that it feels like nothing happened in the 2010s is that too much happened. Each cultural landmark got instantly effaced by the onrush of the next, and the next. This memory-erosion effect is one reason why it feels like something’s gone awry with our sense of time. While the clock and the calendar continue to plod forward in their steadfast and remorseless way, what you could call “culture-time” feels like it’s become unmoored and meandering.

    Simon Reynolds, ‘Streaming has killed the mainstream’: the decade that broke popular culture
  • Doug Belshaw 10:07 pm on December 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , internet, , Stephen Downes   

    The funny thing, for me, is that I’m actually comfortable with all this chaos. The whole internet thing doesn’t bother me. Why not?


    Maybe it’s because I grew up in a small town, maybe it’s because I was writing from an early age, maybe it’s because I never trusted media and politicians, having seen from the inside how they fabricate reality, maybe it’s because I read a lot of science fiction and to me all this is normal. But my advice is: don’t lose your head over all this, it’s not nearly as bad as you are being led to believe, and it serves only to obscure the real problems – the abuse of power, authority and wealth – that we have always had.

    Stephen Downes, OLDaily
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