Thursday, February 02, 2006

Trivial

I am currently reading Haunted Weather by David Toop . It is an excellent study of sound and technology. I feel I cannot do it justice until I am finished reading it. Whilst reading last night I came across a quote from Atom Egoyan. He was commenting on Samuel Beckett's monologue Krapp's Last Tape.

Beckett is able to express the central paradox of personal archiving technology; its ability simultaneously to enhance and trivialise experience.


This struck me immediately as a comment that could be applied to blogging and new media as a whole. Those of us who blog often feel compelled to immediately chronicle meaningful aspects of our lives, whether personal, intellectual or otherwise. This is even evidenced by my blogging of this quote. I did, however, continue reading the book instead of running to my computer and posting about it right away. Chris touched on this a while back, taking extended breaks from the Internet. It is hard to "unplug" oneself and take something for what it is worth. To participate in activities without the bias of wanting to archive it in somehow. I suppose that is the test of new media and personal media, to know when to detach ourselves.

2 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

nice, thoughtful post. I don't know how much you want to read about bloggers writing about blogging, but there's a lot out there. Here's another interesting post about not blogging. She's writing an essay about not blogging - for a book.

I don't know if you've been looking at it, but my WordPress blog off the main page is pretty active. I keep meaning to switch it out, but I'm a little scared about losing data.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Seth said...

So yeah. You're blogging about yourself blogging about yourself. I am thoroughly impressed. And reading your blog for the second time! In a year i'll comment about the anniversary of this comment. It's 2-4-6. I might acctually remember.
John Rose is recording his NatrixNatrix album right now.
We're drinking Sierra Nevada (case of 12 for $10) and eating chips & salsa.
This should just be a comment on your myspace.

11:45 PM  

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