I read this interview today, and I thought it deserved a wider audience.
When making these types of posts I find myself torn between
I. Thinking that there is something ego-less about curating and pointing towards existing content (as opposed to trying to restate these thoughts in my own crude way)
II. Thinking that there is something terrible about a culture that does nothing but relentlessly remix the peak moments of existing art
Part of the resolution to this may be the need for context. It matters why I am pointing rather than creating.
John Perry Barlow: Without a truly grounded context, words themselves don’t mean anything; metaphors don’t mean anything. A metaphor has to participate equally in the utterly physical and the truly spiritual. A metaphor is kind of a path between those two realms, and it’s a bad bridge that doesn’t have two ends.
But then I use that quote, and I worry it’s meaning is obscured by being placed in this context.
Ah well. By the way, I also took away this phrase from the interview: “the confusion of information for experience”. Read it for yourself if you’d like.