Our live music columnist decries the Internet’s cheap imitation of show experiences
This Little Underground
Published: September 18, 2013
The Internet allows us to go anywhere and everywhere. But it’s likely that none of us ever considered that one of those possibilities lurking would be to disengage us from the thing that packs the most experiential meaning: the here and now. Through our online lives, we are plugged in but have become fundamentally disconnected.
Now I’m not saying that things were better before you, World Wide Darling. They weren’t. Nor am I ascribing primary blame to you. This is more of an indictment and an appeal directed at the collective mirror.
On that count, don’t misunderstand, fellow humans. This is not some anti-Internet screed from a guy who’s suggesting that we return to the good old days of cassette tapes and loincloths. It’s about having perspective on our new online world, what it can do and what it really means. That most of us have already become unwitting drones to the headless machine is a dangerous irony for something whose premise is freedom through information and access.
Make it your surrogate and be a slave, or make it your guide and be the master. See you tonight.
Mind the Gap
Heads up, baby. I’m on break next week. But the week after, it’s rock & roll.
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