Sunday, July 29, 2007

an old rant

but i just did some google/stalking work, looking into an old, uh...friend. i met this person when i was studying in amsterdam, and he was this really smart philosophy student type. i always felt he was someone who would actually get excited about the mass media/art theory things i liked to talk about, and for a while we actually kept up a truly nerdy correspondence about that stuff. we drifted apart over the years, but i always liked to think he was still that person.

not exactly so, it seems.

see, i just don't think it's possible to believe in "activism" when it's so strongly couched in hot design. for examples please see...

the zine he's worked on for the past few years. or the art space he lives (or lived) in. or the "art" festival he puts on.

really, i'm sorry, but how can you be drawn in by this shit? and actually believe you're doing something political, i mean (which he no doubt does). what i'd like to see are some horrible, purple 8.5 x 11 fliers in Times New Roman that are more about the content than the layout. then maybe, MAYBE i'll give a second thought to whatever it is they're screaming at me.

if you don't know what my snobby ass is talking about, i'll just have to leave it at that, but if you'd like a more in-depth explanation of the revulsion, here's an older rant on the same topic.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

chill does not always = good

okay, this is fabulously un-PC.
and the truth is, i don't really mean it.

but airplane problems in brazil...

maybe sometimes it's not the best to be the most mellow.