Tuesday, November 13, 2001

kalle lasn on adbusters writes "The Birth Of Mental Environmentalism". good article - i think i understand the thing about memes now. kalle wants "a new way of managing the production of meaning in our society." weblogs and xml are this new way: manage your own meaning. "Memes (ideas, songs, stories, trends, philosophies, religions) percolate up from the bottom." some do. that's what i though memes were. "When wild memes stop mating, everything starts to die. Our thinking runs dry, our imaginations atrophy, culture starts spinning in circles." those memes - the kind that kill each other rather than mating - are no good. i think this is what i wasn't understanding last week.

there's two ways for memes as evolutionary ideas to promote their own survival: first, they can mate with other memes and reproduce. this is good. second, they can destroy other memes that look threatening. this is bad. i think brent and company are only looking at the bad memes. and last week i was only looking at the good memes.

now back to kalle, who calls for "a great personal, intellectual, social, cultural and legal struggle for the right to control our own minds...Now we need a United Nations based institution to govern global information flows." we shouldn't struggle to control our own minds by creating an international idea police. we already have control over our minds - we just need to accept the responsiblity of exercising that control.
laura flanders at common dreams writes "For all its talk, no one in this picture has seriously begun to address the role of women in any future form of government in Afghanistan." that's what i was talking about last week. now it's more important than ever.
"You are a casual weblogger. You only blog when you have nothing better to do, which is not very often. There's nothing wrong with that. But if you'd post a little more often, you'd make your readers very happy." it's true.
so the northern alliance is in kabul and the taliban is gone. which means the military war is basically over. now the real political war begins - the fight for neo-colonial control of afghanistan.

i learned a new word the other day: an irredentist is "One who advocates the recovery of territory culturally or historically related to one's nation but now subject to a foreign government."
the more i read, the more i realize how much there is i haven't read. so much information, so little time.

Monday, November 12, 2001

what went wrong? they don't know. it was just last friday that our president acted to make holiday travel safer. so this is safety. and war is peace.
iblog is great when it works. when it doesn't, it crashes my whole computer.
another plane crashed. looks like an accident.