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by Otessa

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.

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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.”

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3. Trans-siberian

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.

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