|Aug. 8th, 2009 @ 04:07 pm dr. frankenstein's regret|
|Lomans, Not Shamans: This is the most beautiful anti-Web-2.0 war cry I've ever read. Not useful in terms of action or ideology, but beautiful nonetheless. (Can't we enjoy pretty rhetoric for its own sake?)
The author, Wonderchicken, is more interesting than your typical smug, grandiloquent blogger for the following reasons:
- His web persona is a raging alcoholic. (Emptybottle.org...duh.) An eloquent raging alcoholic. The best kind of raging alcoholic to listen to.
- A dear friend of his, who was partially responsible for giving him his screen name, died in the Bali nightclub bombings of 2002 and he has been writing about it since. (Start from the bottom of that page and scroll up.)
- The guy himself is apparently a Web 2.0 developer, and like many Web 2.0 developers he has created a plethora of useful websites for both work and personal amusement. The difference between him and your typical Silicon Valley web monkey is that he refuses to get excited about the industry. In fact, he loathes it. Note this furious screed against Digg founder Kevin Rose's new Twitter-stalking site WeFollow.
- Not A Howl, A Twitter. Allen Ginsberg, folks! And he actually does it right, unlike everyone else. This may be because, I suspect, he actually is Allen Ginsberg. (Or his late '00s successor, anyway.)
I wonder if, given that Wonderchicken has been around long enough to have had a part in making the Web what it is today, this is his way of looking at the Internet, laughing, danging his empty bottle upside down into the heavens, eyes red, screaming with bitter mirth, "What have I done? Dear God, what the fuck have I done?"