On one of the blogs I frequent for the discussions the talk of late has been about the power less ness of the blogoshpere. Or rather the way the blogosphere can sap the energy from acting by just blogging about acting. One meme that appeared was the apparent lack of cross cultural exchange, ie., that everything we see (I see) comes to us through a westernized point of view. So like a born-rich person really can’t say that they understand poverty, we can’t really say we understand what the rest of the world is really going through. It is a point of view that is hard to deny but doesn’t seem right nevertheless. Take for example, this blog I found on Memorial Day. Trace back the links from the commenters and you should see what I mean.
Right now I am listening to UBUWEB. Kenneth Goldsmith taking me through a collection of sounds and thoughts from the years 1983 to 1993. I may not be getting cross cultural but I am crossing time cultures.
It is enough to split your personality which may be what is going on here at the SchizoFrenetic site. With a point of view on the marketplace but quite definitely aware of the political arena too, our careerist Zak gives me quite a bit of cross culturality too.
But this site represents my week travels best I think because the week included T and I heading up to West Hollywood to listen to Nicola Griffith and Kelley Eskridge read from their writings. Walking the streets with people of the same sex and comfortable in themselves with themselves has to be as cross cultural as you can get in this country that still has some doubts about who we all are.
My final mention for this week is TED talks. I was pointed to it after beginning to read Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight. Technology, Entertainment, Design is a site that disproves the point of view that the internet doesn’t represent action by doing what it is about. Grown out of a 1984 conference in Long Beach it now sponsors international array of speakers at the annual and sold out meeting.
The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).
This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. More than 200 talks from our archive are now available, with more added each week. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.
In addition, TEDGlobal sponsors world wide activities, and the TED Prize offers $100,000 each to three conferees to a wish to “change the world.”
Blogging may seem like a static exercise from where one can yell, laugh, cry, and piss and moan from the silence of your lonely room but as I hope you can see from the journeys above that ain’t the half of it.