May 9th, 2009

Semiformalishmaybe

The Things We Do For Fun

Sigh. I continue to only manage to enjoy life when both a migraine masks my depression and when I go against very strong instincts when it comes to social interaction.

I am weirded out to find myself frequenting youtube, and having a fairly large subscription list. Maybe that's the eqivalent of watching television? Maybe if TV had evolved to the point where I could choose from an incredible variety of channels and get right to what I'd want to see, I would not have given it up. I wonder if the slow demise of television is an example of a market failure - how would it change things if youtube (and similar sites) literally replaced television, and classic TV went away? Would we really lose much? What if Yahoo started hosting other flash content? Part of the success of Wikipedia is that it hosts a lot of content - it is a failure as an educational tool (and it probably should never recieve grants or tax breaks for being educational in countries that do that kind of thing), but when it comes to hosting a lot of content, it's great. If Youtube wanted to, they could probably steal the crown from Kongregate without too much difficulty (maybe newgrounds too?). I wonder what it would take for Youtube to become Howard SternThe King of All Media.. Is Youtube/Google waiting for this to fall into its lap, or is it actively working on it?

Political/philosophical exercise: Familiarise yourself with another country or point in the past (or both) where there a number of struggles going on relevant to your political persuasion, but there is no group/faction/person representing your particular interests. Imagine both how you would begin to advocate your perspective if you initially were the only one to hold it, imagine which existing factions you could support if you could not bring your philosophy into being, and imagine which existing factions you might ally with to gain followers of your own and/or serve your interests. Then realise that this is practically always the case - defining myths aside, there never were "good old days" where one's values reigned supreme, no matter what one's values are. The struggle over values described is practically always in the now for anyone thinking deeply enough. Projecting one-dimensionality "me-ness" onto the past is bizarrely common.

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