This week will be very simple, and very topical to our office over here at OJBG & 20/20 HQ.
Simply put… I love it …
1. when the INTERNET WORKS properly.
Unfortunately, we have been cursed with horrible, spotty, constantly-dropping internet for the past 2 weeks. And when you are (trying) to run & operate a New Media company…
well let’s just say that it has given me a newfound appreciation for properly functioning internet with good bandwidth.
Sigh, it seems Comcast doesn’t really like its customers that much.
2. Claire Boucher + “post-internet”
Sure. the (“post-internet”) turn-of-phrase might make you cringe like the sound of nails on a chalkboard. (or for me it’s more like freshly-cut nails on synthetic fibers). — but think about it just a bit more, and she has probably defined and described the Great Generational Line In The Sand. It really does come down to a cultural Us vs. Them, as to who grew up with the internet (and learned it like osmosis) — and who was introduced to it, after their brain had fully developed.
She delineates it further here in a Guardian UK interview:
“I should give the disclaimer that that was said in passing and in no way was I attempting to start a kind of meme or anything! The phenomenon I’m referring to is the neurobiological difference between people who were born after the internet became a common, household thing and people who had their adolescence without exposure to the internet.”
Boucher was 11 when the music sharing program Napster came along, meaning: “I went through my adolescence having this revelatory experience – I can have any music I want and I can get it immediately. For me and for a lot of people I know, there’s this musical eclecticism that happened.”
I watched this movie on Netflix last night. It was pretty good. It had Ben Kingsley (who is always amazing), Woody Harrelson, Kate Mara, & Emily Mortimer. Great cast. Plus, it takes place on the Trans-Siberian Railway, a railroad trek with which I have a bit of an obsession.