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Way Beyond The Web: ha-da-da-dee-da da-da hava da da

Exhorting the world to “start taking the internet seriously“, David Gelernter says:

No moment in technology history has ever been more exciting or dangerous than now. The Internet is like a new computer running a flashy, exciting demo. We have been entranced by this demo for fifteen years. But now it is time to get to work, and make the Internet do what we want it to.

Pushing the multi-mega-ton jumbo jet of human thought-style backwards a few inches, back in the direction of dream logic, might be the Internet’s greatest accomplishment. The best is yet to be.

Changing thought patterns can be hard but fortunately there’s help. One source is the solution to the riddle of experience vs memory as shown by David Kahneman and the Short Course In Thinking About Thinking looks very worthwhile as well. Alternatively, one can go into Second Life and as Dusan Writer describes very well

Consider a few of Gelernter’s calls to action and ideas, and then go read it yourself, and extrapolate your view of the Web’s future with what you’ve learned in a virtual world:

The Web, Drifting Into View

George Clinton would say “think, it ain’t illegal yet!” but George was about more than talking:

“Flash Light” is one of the all-time great dance songs, but that only begins to describe its brilliance. It starts with the solid but unobtrusive drumming of Bootsy, allowing the other instruments to stand out. It’s anchored by the shining guitar riff of Catfish Collins, one of the greatest examples of rhythm guitar ever. And it stars Bernie Worrell, who propels the song with an addictive bass-keyboard line while keeping us engaged on the high end with tasty synth explorations. The song on the surface sounds like a simple chant song, but one can hear the battle being raged between life and death here…can Starchild make Sir Nose dance? As depicted on the album cover, he shoots the Bop Gun at him, and Sir Nose must yield. `There’s nothing that the proper attitude won’t render funkable`, and so it happens. Openness overcomes fear, as `everyone’s got a little light under the sun.` And the `ha-da-da-dee-da da-da hava da da`, (based on a Jewish Bar Mitvah chant) is one of their most engaging chants.

This album seriously challenges Mothership Connection as P.Funk’s best overall album, taking previously established ideas to new and exciting levels. It proves that it is possible to create something popular that is still challenging, exciting and revelatory, both on the lyrical and musical levels. Try and find it on vinyl, because it included a comic book detailing Starchild’s battle with Sir Nose done by Overton Lloyd, as well as a huge poster.

http://www.duke.edu/~tmc/motherpage/albums_parliament/alb-funken.html

With a new web-enabled Second Life viewer, Avatar, Alice In Wonderland and the continuing wave of 3D movies, perhaps 2010 will be the year we make contact with our virtual selves.

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Political Mesh & The Power of Music

Noted blogger Dave Winer has endorsed Barak Obama and one key to his analysis is the changing perception about race amongst young people:

The problem for the Clintons is that the country has changed, as recently as the generation that’s now in its early 20s. Because of my experience at Harvard, I know quite a few of them, and I promise you, race doesn’t mean to them what it meant when I was their age. To them, this country is a melting pot where we’ve not only accepted blacks and Hispanics, but people from incredibly far away with incredible complexions, hair, clothes, traditions and names.

Find A Shared Vision, v2.0

I would submit that the key driving force in this transformation/convergence, the single most powerful meshing factor has been music. Dave has been giving tribute to the Music for as long as I can remember but as I’ve noted elsewhere music goes beyond tribute:

Informing and inspiring the open source movement are the African call-and-response traditions, Jazz and the free dance movements which emerged in the 20th Century. Late 20th Century open source strategies include Fluxus, web jams, Wigglism and the international Hip Hop culture.

Wikipedia: Open Source Society and Culture

After Obama’s South Carolina victory, Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed and Delivered was playing in the background. Some of us recalled that the real Clinton told us long ago this day would come:

Tell ’em to make sure they got their James Brown pass
And don’t be surprised if Ali is in the White House
Reverend Ike, Secretary of the Treasure
Richard Pryor, Minister of Education
Stevie Wonder, Secretary of FINE arts
And Miss Aretha Franklin, the First Lady
Are you out there, CC?

Chocolate City

More recently and much closer to the young folk Dave mentioned was Paint The White House Black. There’s a long way to go but it’s good to see people like Dave stepping up and shining a spotlight on what’s really going on. Colors don’t clash – people do.

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Political Mesh & The Power of Music

Noted blogger Dave Winer has endorsed Barak Obama and one key to his analysis is the changing perception about race amongst young people:

The problem for the Clintons is that the country has changed, as recently as the generation that’s now in its early 20s. Because of my experience at Harvard, I know quite a few of them, and I promise you, race doesn’t mean to them what it meant when I was their age. To them, this country is a melting pot where we’ve not only accepted blacks and Hispanics, but people from incredibly far away with incredible complexions, hair, clothes, traditions and names.

Find A Shared Vision, v2.0

I would submit that the key driving force in this transformation/convergence, the single most powerful meshing factor has been music. Dave has been giving tribute to the Music for as long as I can remember but as I’ve noted elsewhere music goes beyond tribute:

Informing and inspiring the open source movement are the African call-and-response traditions, Jazz and the free dance movements which emerged in the 20th Century. Late 20th Century open source strategies include Fluxus, web jams, Wigglism and the international Hip Hop culture.

Wikipedia: Open Source Society and Culture

After Obama’s South Carolina victory, Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed and Delivered was playing in the background. Some of us recalled that the real Clinton told us long ago this day would come:

Tell ’em to make sure they got their James Brown pass
And don’t be surprised if Ali is in the White House
Reverend Ike, Secretary of the Treasure
Richard Pryor, Minister of Education
Stevie Wonder, Secretary of FINE arts
And Miss Aretha Franklin, the First Lady
Are you out there, CC?

Chocolate City

More recently and much closer to the young folk Dave mentioned was Paint The White House Black. There’s a long way to go but it’s good to see people like Dave stepping up and shining a spotlight on what’s really going on. Colors don’t clash – people do.

Comments (1)