"It is fashionable to suggest that cyberspace is some kind of “island of the blessed” where people are free to indulge and express their individuality….this is not true….I have seen many people spill out their guts on-line, and I did so myself until I began to see that I had commodified myself. Commodification means that you turn something into a product which has a money-value. In the nineteenth century, commodities were made in factories….by workers who were mostly exploited. But I created my interior thoughts as commodities for the corporations that owned the board I was posting to….like Compuserve or AOL….and that commodity was then sold on to other consumer entities as entertainment. That means that I sold my soul like a tennis shoe and I derived no profit from the sale of my soul….Cyberspace is a black hole. It absorbs energy and personality and then re-presents it as an emotional spectacle."
— Carmen Hermosillo (via stillunusual)
MY WORLD HAS JUST BEEN ROCKED.
"I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops."
Steven J. Gould born on this day in 1941. Gould was an American Marxist paleontologist, writer, theorist of “punctuated equilibrium” evolution
"So why is [Sex and the City] so often portrayed as a set of empty, static cartoons, an embarrassment to womankind? It’s a classic misunderstanding, I think, stemming from an unexamined hierarchy: the assumption that anything stylized (or formulaic, or pleasurable, or funny, or feminine, or explicit about sex rather than about violence, or made collaboratively) must be inferior."