February 19th, 2005


Oh, the humanity

Having just watched this 9 minute clip of The Daily Show, concerning bloggers bringing down hypocritical members of the US press, two things spring to mind:

1) Why the hell isn't there a political show as good as that over here in the UK?
2) We really are very nearly in The Transparent Society - we now have cameras pretty much everywhere, phone cameras/digital cameras everywhere else, and tiny, constantly recording cameras are just on the edge of possibility. It won't be long before you won't be able to say or do anything without it being possibly public knowledge. Fortunately, neither will 'they'.


When I get no feedback feedback on my work I assume

that I've done a fantastic job, or someone would have complained
that I've done a terrible job, or someone would have praise me

Feet of Clay

Artists shouldn't be allowed to go out on a high, leaving legions of fans pining for their return, sure that their favourite (and only their favourite) can save their particular form of art from the terrible state it's got into nowadays. They should be forced to either keep on going until they release a duff work (or three), or reveal some item of personal information so deeply disturbing as to put people off of them (although it has to be said that there do appear to be a huge number of people who would still worship Michael Jackson even if he was found with a small child stuffed down his pants). _On no account_ should artists be allowed to die while still popular - the social and psychological effects are far too damaging,

A Very Long Engagement

Just saw this at the cinema. Same director as Amelie (and City of Lost Children and Delicatessen), who has toned down the cuteness factor, increased the unpleasantness factor (by setting it during WW1) and made something that managed to be harrowing and uplifting at the same time. It's about the little moments that take a huge impersonal event and make them human and personal. Go see it.