nydwracu niþgrim, nihtbealwa mæst

signals, signals everywhere / and not a thought to think

I’m never going to use this fucking thing.

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Karl Steel read my entire blog to look for something to ad-hom me with and couldn’t come up with anything better than a common colloquial expression of distaste for societal structures and patterns such as ‘critical animal studies’ and those described below. Karl Steel is an actual academic; doesn’t he have better things to do?


Staring at a computer screen at 3:15, reading shit that I won’t remember in the morning. Every night, another one-night stand with some part of the internet, for no other reason than that I’m not wired for agricultural society’s sleep patterns. We hold to institutions from centuries past despite their irrelevance. I may be a conservative, but damned if I don’t have a hard time of it.

Consumption is effortless. Production, not so much. I stopped writing a year ago, and I stopped animating several years before that. Progress is the reduction of effort spent. Progress means mass consumption, technology to do our production for us, and who knows, maybe electric monks to do our consumption. Robots worshiping at our silicon altars, spitting out summaries of today’s sermons. So, monks, who got voted off the island this week?

Effort is the inverse of alienation. You can’t feel the emotional effect of a book from reading the Cliffs Notes, and the same principle applies to your life. We care more about things that we put more effort into. So what end does this progress serve?

The futurists were wrong. They got that progress will reduce effort, but they missed that production takes effort. Hell, I have all the time in the world; college is effortless and interaction is nonexistent, both thanks to the wonders of the internet, the single most significant piece of progress since trains made it possible for all things local to be crushed under the boot of the Almighty Dollar.

Progress.

Consumption is effortless.

Progress.

They made a porn parody of The Big Lebowski.

I should’ve been a goddamn Viking.

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Written by nydwracu

April 11, 2011 at 07:14

Posted in miscellany

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  1. I love you.

    SufferingxArtist

    April 14, 2011 at 04:56

  2. […] Edit: for an exercise in completely missing the point, see this response here. There’s something fascinating about the post’s contempt for my field of study, and for the middle ages as a whole, when we combine it with the same writer’s own wish that he “should’ve been a goddamn Viking.” […]


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