… is a quick vague question about the fungibility of Radiohead’s skill, which totally seems to have baffled and angered the first few commenters.
Things have always sold out, but it seems like things sell out really intensely in New York. Like those Louis CK shows tonight… or that Radiohead show… or that Jeff Mangum show… or that LCD show… or that Kanye West show… or The Book of Mormon for a year… There’s definitely some weird New York exceptionalism attached to seeing “the best” that’s supposedly at odds with the will of “the fans”. But as it plays out in nature sort of shows that maybe — and this could be a larger point — that maybe self-representation is not coextensive with one’s sense of self. Like maybe liking things is in itself a sort of mercenary practice.
Haha, NYC’s narcissism extends to “shows selling out.” You guys do it harder! HAHAHA!!
Grim-faced and forbidding, Their faces closed tight, An angular mass of New Yorkers Pacing in rhythm, Race the oncoming night, They chase through the streets of Manhattan. Headfirst humanity, Pause at a light, Then flow through the streets of the city.
New York Observer confirms New York Observer rumor about Brown graduates being the 99 percent of New York Observer slideshows.
Most powerful thing that could happen to #occupywallst is for the NYPD to declare solidarity with the movement (they are government workers and their ranks have been hit by cutbacks related to causes of the economic situation that are being protested) and transform from an external, antagonistic force to an internal, inclusive force providing security for the movement.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 8PM | ZUCCOTTI PARK, NYC (Meet at steps on Broadway side)
Shabbat is a rejection of commerce, capitalism & exploitation: A day free from work, from business transactions, from handling money. As the Old Testament says, “And you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt. Therefore the Eternal your God commanded to keep the Sabbath day.” Whether or not one is religious, this statement reverberates with profound meaning for those who recognize the need for working class people to have a reprieve from their labors – but more so, from their exploitation at the hands of others.
As an expression of solidarity with those protesting on Wall Street against the excesses and corruption of the financial elite and against the slavery the upper classes have foisted upon working and unemployed people alike, members of the Jewish community are banding together to hold a Shabbat potluck dinner at Zuccotti Park this Friday night.
Everyone is welcome. You don’t have to be Jewish to participate. But please try to keep the food vegetarian or kosher-by-ingredient (no pork, shellfish or milk & meat together).
“The lives of many idealistic left-wing youth become enmeshed in compromise as they get older and stoke the fires of capitalism during the day while trying to throw a little water on those same fires at night well I understand how this happens because like many middle-aged people I wrestle with these contradictions myself and admire tremendously those who have stuck to their principles even at a real cost to their careers and personal lives which is why the few people who really piss me off and whom I actively scorn and who get my blood boiling are those like The Pirate’s Dilemma author Matt Mason who dons the mantle of rebellion and anti-corporate politics while consulting for Disney and Pepsi and P&G and who babbles about the benefits of sharing because “it’s not all about the money any more” while giving presentations to the people who brought you McDonald’s “I’m Loving It” campaign and who praises vitamin water company Glacéau for “keeping it real” in its advertising campaigns with 50 Cent before telling us it was sold to Coca Cola for $4.1 billion and who praises Procter & Gamble for its viral video campaign and who is entranced by the way that Nike’s Air Force One sneaker owes its success to the remix and who places himself on the romantic anti-establishment side of the battle between graffiti and advertising in “a turf war that has raged for centuries between the establishment and a secretive, loose-knit network that doesn’t like the top-down, one-way flow of information in public spaces” only to approvingly quote advertising agency Droga5 on creating “a dialogue between advertising and graffiti” which really means using graffiti for commercial ends and making a buck and if that’s not selling out to the man then what the fuck is really? because the punk spirit Mason loves so much and claims to identify with has nothing to do with business models or change agents or entrepreneurial spirit or brand-building no the spirit he writes of was defiantly and nihilistically anti-corporate and Matt Mason lives in a corporate world however much he’d like to think otherwise so when he claims that pirates are those who are “pushing back against authority, decentralizing monopolies, and promoting the rule of the people: the very nature of democracy itself” well I see what he means but when he goes on to claim that the anti-authoritarian ideals of youth culture are becoming a new more extreme, invigorated, and equitable strain of the free market—the decentralized future of capitalism well I just want to shake him by the neck and shout at him that you’re obviously not stupid Matt Mason so why don’t you do what you know you should do and FOLLOW THE FUCKING MONEY before making pronouncements about the benefits of sharing when it’s still the case that money is not shared I mean if I share and you get the money then I’m not being altruistic I’m just being a sucker and you’re not promoting community you’re exploiting the good intentions of those who are spending their time and talent on your venture so if you want to impress me with the subversive role of DVD bootlegging DON’T JUST DON’T quote billionaire Mark Cuban and Disney co-chair Anne Sweeney and billionaire Steve Jobs at me because if they have found a way to co-exist with piracy it doesn’t mean that they and their companies stand for a more democratic and equitable form of capitalism it just means they’ve found ways of using or living with piracy in a way that promotes their own interests over those of their rivals its meet-the-new-boss-same-as-the-old-boss-but-with-edgier-clothing time so as you can tell I end up not taking him seriously which is unfortunate because he has many entertaining stories of hip-hop bands and pirate radio stations and punk culture although I don’t know whether to trust them because where the book overlaps with things that I do know anything about he is often ludicrously wrong like when he repeatedly refers to Linux as a company or when he damns record companies for figuring out it’s more profitable to control the distribution system than it is to nurture artists while completely failing to notice that big chunks of the Web 2.0 world he loves so much work on exactly the same model by owning the spot where the money is which is the platform that gives control of the distribution system or when he gives us a canned history of Wikipedia which is derived from one interview with Jimmy Wales so it’s no surprise that it gets several key facts wrong or when he identifies Steve Jobs with openness and sharing and claims that the notoriously secretive and proprietary Apple won the music wars because it truly understood sharing when the fact is that Apple wants to share the music they don’t own but wants to keep the technology they do own all to themselves you can ask Palm about that who can’t sync their own phones with iTunes or you can ask the developers who have left the iPhone App Store over Apple’s arbitrary and opaque approval process so after reading this book Matt Mason takes a place for me with people from an earlier generation like Kevin Kelly who claims to be a maverick while working for Conde Nast or Chris Anderson who claims to be on the side of small and scrappy businesses against big companies while promoting Amazon at $40,000 an appearance or Stewart Brand and John Perry Barlow who strive to combine activities like consulting for senior management at large corporations with statements like “I’m an anti-company man” if you can believe it I mean DO YOU HAVE ANY SELF_AWARENESS AT ALL do you have any sense of modesty and this matters because these people have been successful in leading young idealistic people with good intentions up the garden path in the belief that they are taking part in something progressive and politically anti-establishment but which ends up just feeding money into the pockets of Silicon Valley venture capitalists and the lucky guys who get to sell their startups to Google for a nice billion or so as if that’s a triumph of the little guy give me a break.”—Whimsley (via azspot)
100K, man, that’s just unwise. Unless you’re coming out an M.D., there’s just no way that’s a good investment, regardless the situation of the economy. Also, you’re not the one in debt. And how old are you? Early 20s? No job prospects? Dude, I delivered pizza until I was 25, worked in a literal factory engraving stamps for legal stationary for 2 years while finishing my degree, spent 2 years after that at various jobs until lucking into a job where I learned some Web programming (not even close to what I majored in). I didn’t make over 35K until I was 32. Again, you don’t have kids, you’re in your early 20s, you have a college degree. Your situation has FUCK ALL to do with the economic crisis.
Pretty sure the YM collective loves it when I use this space like this, ha.
ughhhh. #missingthepoint #you
yes, i am in my early 20’s. and yes, i am in debt. good for you for getting a job. (seriously.) not everyone has been so lucky.
but personal situations are BESIDE THE POINT. it is not about whether or not “i will be fine.” this is not about “well i have a job so what’s the problem?”
the issue is about how people are valued. how education is valued, how healthcare is valued, how giving a shit about one another should be valued. bigger picture people, c’mon. i know yall bloggers went to high school.
why are our taxes going to war instead of, oh, i don’t know…
etc, etc, etc
and why are working class people paying a higher percentage of taxes than people who have more than one house? why are corporations “people” when they never get hungry? that’s what this is about.
Your last paragraph there, yep (the rest is a little pie-in-the-sky, but whatever). But that’s not what your sign said. Anyhoo, we’re basically on the same team, so I’ll see you in the locker room. And try not to stare at my junk this time.
You spoke pretty much everything in my head I was thinking about wearethe99percent. I graduated from college almost 2 years ago and times were definitely hard after for some time, but then things turned around and now I have one of the best jobs in the world and feel extremely lucky. Even better, through my job I was able to hire my own (paid) interns, giving two of people a chance in the job market. You need to go through bad times to get to the good ones. They do come along, it takes time.
“The very idea that one can effectively battle Wall Street’s corruption and control by working for the Democratic Party is absurd on its face: Wall Street’s favorite candidate in 2008 was Barack Obama, whose administration — led by a Wall Street White House Chief of Staff and Wall-Street-subservient Treasury Secretary and filled to the brim with Goldman Sachs officials — is now working hard to protect bankers from meaningful accountability (and though he’s behind Wall Street’s own Mitt Romney in the Wall Street cash sweepstakes this year, Obama is still doing well); one of Wall Street’s most faithful servants is Chuck Schumer, the money man of the Democratic Party; and the second-ranking Senate Democrat acknowledged — when Democrats controlled the Congress — that the owners of Congress are bankers. There are individuals who impressively rail against the crony capitalism and corporatism that sustains Wall Street’s power, but they’re no match for the party apparatus that remains fully owned and controlled by it.”—Glenn Greewald (via soupsoup)