The internet’s odd, unhinged growth is a blessing and a curse. On one hand, there’s never been anything that can bring people together so easily and, for the most part, democratically. There’s all the knowledge of the world and more ready to be found.
But unlike the classroom, the internet has a pervasive sense of What We Did about its very nature. In school, classes are often centered around possibility, innovation, and creativity. The internet has plenty of creative aspects to it, but beyond some new interaction that lets one read a page differently, the internet speaks solely on what has been.
This isn’t to say there aren’t writers on the internet, talking about the future or the possibilities therein. There are also arguments about art and culture and ideas developing. But it’s been established that writing on the internet, whether you’re having a small conversation in the comments section of a blog post or drowning in the real-time feedback of reddit, is graceless. Too much time gets spent wondering if something was sarcastic; the loss of intonation is also the derailing of a train of thought.
Small chores on the internet seem much more pertinent to the split between hobbies and obsessions and potentially unhealthy levels of use. A moderate amount of interaction, evened out by books or museums or walks in the park. For all that the internet offers is what was, in a giant melting pot of static. Sometimes you need that school like conversation of what could possibly be; other times, it’s good to see what’s been done, but in ways that actually stimulate your imagination with the notion of exclusivity. Online, you can always just click onward to the next post.
For any and all that saw Gravity (and for those who haven’t, seriously, what the fuck), this is from mid-way through the movie, the part you didn’t see.
Colin Smith is a multidisciplinary visual artist residing in Portland, Oregon. He has a BFA in graphic design from SCAD and an MS in photojournalism from BU. He is the Smith in Smith Davis and the co-founder of The New Fiend. He is ready to work.
I always liked Manchester Orchestra, even if the religious element got a bit much.
I was in the minority with my ambivalence to Self Defense Family's debut, but their follow-up sounds strong as hell.
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