12 minutes and counting since I deactivated my Facebook account + 400 friends, plus PR channel for my various digital exploits. Wow, now that feels better.
I held off joining FB for a long time because I can still vaguely remember the sense of awe and dread I felt when observing my 12 years younger brother and his prissy The Hills reject girlfriend perambulate through the voyeuristic obsession of checking out what their homies were up to. Eventually, a desperately close friend of mine who is a “New Media” consultant talked me out of and into acquiescing, arguing that I should at least be savvy to what they were doing with Ajax and how Facebook trumped MySpace which at one point I recall trumping this Napster spin-off called Friendster.
So — good. I put out an indie album (a real from-the-heart effort) at the beginning of 2008, my first release in 12 years on a CD no less and spent the remainder of my year getting schooled about the way things work now, which is to say – forget print, its all about the music blogs. I now know about SEO, affiliate ads, linkbacks, watering holes, Linkshare, Clickbank, Kontera, Amazon Associates, Adsense, licensing content, ezinepublisher, bloggers paying their rent with promo CDs at Amoeba, Sonicbids, mirpod, odeo, Ning, viral videos, ROFLcon, Stumbleupon, Reddit, Furl, Mixx, Reverbnation, Trig, Twitter, Fanpop, trackbacks, NoFollow, DoFollow, LinkedIn, Wayn, Spock, Plaxo, Sharethis, and every other goddamned way of clamoring for anyone who I ever met or whomever I met has met that might exist.
Found objects in space: a user created profile image
And it’s done. The US has its first ever dark-skin colored president, the Dems control the house and senate, the DOW goes up and down faster than the mechanical bull at the Saddle Ranch and its time to move forward.
Web 2.0 is over.
In my last post I announced the death of viral videos. Now I am speaking with some certainty that Web 2.0 has to lay its head in the loam and expire its last breath. No it’s not because I “want real, meaningful relationships back.” It’s because it’s just, in toto, a glorified SPAM button that leads to nothing more (I promise you) than Google analytic and Adsense report mashing and at best the world’s biggest flash-mob-cum-grassroots-electoral-campaign. That does not discourse make. Mobilize? Perhaps. All good, but now what. You got 80 years ’til you give up the ghost – what else?
Joel Salatin is a farmer that produces beef, poultry and pork. He will not ship his non-USDA, totally natural product to you via any means because it defeats the purpose of his obsessively local-grown ethic. When pressed he will confide that he is not a beef-manufacturer or a Luddite, traditionalist, purist, or grassroots, return-to-the-way-things-were thinker, but rather a post-industrialist. He is looking at what’s here and how to expand it into new ways of approaching our well-being, continuity and enjoyment of things, dealing in complexities not often ascribed to the “humble farmer.” He will tell you that he is a grass-farmer. And that the cheeseburgers we eat are the product of what the animals over which he lords, ate.
That’s where I am headed; not a return to some puritanical time before Facebook, but rather to the next iteration. A better-sustained dialogue into the experiences possible and the evolution of what this mass-consciousness means. The Tweets are nifty, but let’s form a paragraph. Let’s not dally. Things move faster now, but that is not a strong enough argument to settle for ADDled brevity. There is something beyond that thought, and if you have the courage, you may find unclaimed territory. I want to meet you there. Press me, challenge me, let’s climb the next summit together, because we sure can’t do it flashing postcards at each other from the digested murmurs of our fragmented IDs, Twittering and FB updating away, grasping for attention, lost in the sea of unformulated meditations on the boundless ecstasy in which life itself revels.
I import the indelible experience of Web 2.0 into this uncharted space, honoring its potency, and expect something that builds upon its Mind-Meldish, Chrysalid potentiality. But enough is enough. I have no idea where that leaves me, us, yet. Isn’t that, again, exciting?
Ok, enough journaling and pontificating, let’s get down to the root of what The Culturepin is really about – putting the pin on the ever accelerating limn.
Coolest new things I have seen this fall:
1. A Japanese company is developing exercise equipment that transforms human exertion into electric power – now the gym can recycle its own energy! (seen in Wired Mag)
2. Zero-fee multi-person video calls with video voicemail that actually looks good (and spews out a healthy 15 fps) has finally arrived – discover the good news at oovoo.com
3. OLEDs are finally hitting the market – Organic Light Emitting Displays are like bio-Lite Brites that will enable manufacturers to create paper-thin display screens. Can’t wait to get my Hi-Def baseball cap that plays my latest YouTube vlog above the visor.
4. Casio’s new Exilim camera has a built in YouTube encoder that captures video at YT’s optimal video rez and uploads in just a couple of steps.
5. Solid State hard drives make their debut in all the latest must-have computers this Christmas. That’s right, your boot drive will no longer have moving parts and a 0.1 ms seek time as opposed to the lava-like 11-17ms seek time of the antique platter drives. Although they are only shipping in max 64GB sizes, that will surely expand as the price drops over the next year. Other must-haves to stay in step with what’s next: mini HDMI outputs, Expresscard slots, and HD screens that support 1080p resolution.
6. The Writer’s Guild of America goes on strike to secure profits from content that broadcasts online. A strong argument considering the networks are now streaming full-screen broadcast resolution programming from all their hit shows with 15 second commercial spots intact. As of the time of the strike, nor writers nor actors participate in any of this revenue. Not one penny.
7. New models for the music industry. here are two scenarios: i) Artists will receive shares in the industry like a Microsoft programmer receives shares in Microsoft. ii) Music becomes a utility, like gas or water, where you on the “tap”. All your Bluetooth gear is metered and you are billed at the end of the month.
8. Real ID – yes the passport is undergoing a major revision that involves a digital chip that stores all your vital stats. sure it will curb passport fraud, but it will also inexorably link you and your whereabouts to the Machine. Goodbye privacy. Same thing goes for rail and water travel in EU. Over 90 pieces of ID can now be requested to secure your travel pass. Coming Soon to America.
9. Social Networks = the new 90’s DotCom Bubble. Seems every day a new SocialNet is springing up. As of now I have accounts at myspace, facebook, trig, imeem, buzznet, linkedin, going, wayn, quarterlife, friendster, twitter, evite, fancorps, freedom.ccp, youtube, etc etc. Can’t wait for Web 3.0 cuz this party is way overcrowded. I think if I recieved a hand-written, snail-mailed poetic correspondence emoting some sort of primal human urge I might eat my fist.
"Keram makes excursions into almost every style of music imaginable here and does it with such flair that these very pleased ears, he could have settled on any of these genres and made just as brilliant a record." - Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio