Pop culture, just kill me

by Chris Lorensson on 14 August 2009 with comments

I submit to you that popular Western culture is the most self-interested, closed-door party I can imagine.

The obvious question is, how the hell did this happen!?

Have we literally dug so deep a hole, travelled so long a departure as to have come to this— this squalid, homogeneous, Barbie-pink version of our former, more international selves? Are we really so narrow-minded and ignorant to have voluntarily relinquished those gems of inter-nationalism, those unique characteristics which once stood boldly on foreign territory, only to have realised now that they would be mangled and wringed of every last drop of glory before being reissued in the guise of new culture? Shame on us. Read the rest of this entry »

The Gradient of Enlightnement

by Chris Lorensson on 8 August 2009 with comments

All Tomorrow's Parties by William GibsonJust watched the new G. I. Joe and missed my 10:30pm bus home, so I had a pint while finishing William Gibson’s All Tomorrow’s Parties. Listened to Ladytron on the way home, and here’s what I thought:

Everything in life, when analysed and organised, makes up a gradient of enlightenment. For example, music is dark while abstaining from the practise of dwelling on the unexplainable is light. Or rather, music is a hi level, low-fidelity item, while the latter is pure wisdom. Each of them have their place, and when in their proper place, make up a seamless transition from dark to light. A gradient of enlightenment. The question, then, is whether or not a life should be comprised of a complete gradient; and what happens if one only has a partial gradient tending to either dark or light.

This is about consciousness, but more particularly, addresses the question of the priority and uniqueness of ‘optimisation’- namely, whether or not it has value in the eyes of God. An argument for is that, for one, I personally see it’s benefits, and am therefor conscious of it as a good thing (being human).