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and now, a longer and more thoughtful post

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and now, a longer and more thoughtful post

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So I've been listening a lot to Patrick Wolf's newest album and there's one tune on it that just seems to have snagged on my brainmeats- something that just keeps rolling around back there.


Awake, yon minister
There is a message to be delivered
Awake young passenger
Awake your country

You're going to need to find some strength now
To wake up!

In this war without an end
What peace do you defend?
In this war without an end
What peace do you depend on?

I dare you:
Log off
Sign out
Delete your friends
Start to count
Your

Count of casual
Count of casualty
Count of casual
Count of casualty

Wake up!

Start!
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Ten thousand human lives

So what this song seems to be about, to me, is: 'isn't it really time you started to re-examine how you're dealing with people', perhaps especially in the realm of computerized communication. I especially like the lines 'in this war without an end/ what peace do you defend?': there seem to be so many (and yes, I'll include myself, here) who turn online interaction into an unending chain of confrontation and argument about the same issues, over and over and over again. Some of you may have seen me do this- some of you may know people who do this. Hopefully I've been doing less of it over the last couple of years- I've certainly been trying to.

So, folks: isn't it time to find the strength to wake up and get our heads out of our asses? Time to stop fighting an endless and pointless war of attrition? I can't see it as better to keep lopping off heads until we've cut off so many people that we're infallibly right- and utterly alone?

Perhaps some of you reading this will think I'm talking about you- naw, almost anyone who I am specifically talking about has already decided I was the Next Appropriate Target of Wrath and gone off to an extent that I finally told them to get the fuck out and stop wasting my valuable webcomic-reading time. This isn't me subtly commenting on anybody who's on my friendslist: the only person I'm specifically thinking of who might be reading this? Is myself.

So: your thoughts? Commentary? Jello?
  • Indirectly dealing with shit like this right now. O boy.

    And yes, I'm guilty as well. Internets are so safe, in some ways, for good and bad.
    • I suspect everybody's guilty of it from time to time, frankly. Though I tend to avoid the war without an end aspect: when I start noticing myself doing it, I tend- anymore- to shelve the vendetta and the conviction that Someone Is Wrong On The Internet, and just go on with my life. People can be wrong, but I don't have to give a darn if they're not doing it in my face.

      Sorry you have shit like this to deal with, even indirectly: it's unpleasant, and it's difficult to find a coherent response to. :(
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