“The Free Network Foundation isn’t interested in pushing for increased government regulation of the Internet. They don’t seem to trust the White House any more than they trust AT&T. And so, they rage against the machine by building a new one.”—
“On the evening of February 20, I went to a reading hosted by Tao Lin featuring mostly young writers from his MuuMuu house collective. When I watched him and a half dozen of his friends on-stage, staring at the floor, picking at their hair, and laughing nervously into the mic, part of me wanted to call them out. But the crowd adored them. With every stutter, every “uh, I lost my place,” the crowd clapped for more. The event seemed engineered to satisfy a certain type of beret-wearing NYU student (I counted four). They came to see people so deeply artistic, just overflowing with Imagination and Truth and Beauty, that they can’t be bothered to present themselves to the crowd like functioning adults. It’s as if these artists want to possess the mystery of the social outcast without having to suffer any actual social ostracism.”—
“I’ll probably read some commentary that will convince me that I loved it though.”—Amber, disappointed by the Mad Men premier. A quote I’d like to hang in a gallery and title “Consuming Media in 2012.”
“He’s not making art designed to last the test of time, so holding him to the standards of timeless art is pointless. Ultimately, my take with Lil B is that he keeps the price of entry to his world so low that complaining about him is a waste of energy. He offers himself to his audience for nothing— giving him nothing shouldn’t be hard.”—
Seems to suppose that the primary currency we exchange for music is money rather than time. Are you living in 2012?
I guess by this standard any assclown handing out free MP3s should be praised because, lol, he “gives no fucks?” Why assign a ranking to anything then? Why make any value judgement ever? This attitude so aggressively puts the focus of criticism on the artist’s persona rather than the work itself, which I guess is why we’ll be stuck with trollgaze forevermore.
YOU ARE THE ONE WHO IS POINTLESS, CONTRIBUTOR MIKE POWELL, AND BY EXTENSION, DERPFORK DOT COM.
“At first it was like straight up kaleidoscopic. And then there were pyramids, and then symbols within the pyramids, and they were melting together, combining. It felt like I was in infinite bosoms. Straight up love and warmth and tits and honey.”—Interviews with People Who Just Smoked DMT | VICE
“This time, it’s apparently personal. As an electronic voice in the Anonymous video said, “A video posted on YouTube states that Imperva perceives a large majority of the Anonymous collective as, in their words, ‘a legion of idiots.’ Anonymous sees this as a direct verbal attack on the collective.” In fact, the quote referred to came not from Imperva but from Cole Stryker, an expert on the 4chan message boards from which Anonymous sprang. “Anonymous is a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots,” he told the New York Times. “You have four or five guys who really know what they’re doing and are able to pull off some of the more serious hacks, and then thousands of people spreading the word, or turning their computers over to participate in a DDoS attack.”—