I'm a technologies and solutions consultant and project manager for organisations and individuals working in curious situations, shall we say, and I enjoy a good rant now and again. This is the place for that.
"It has been a good week for those who like to live in a world of comfortable stupidity. The editor of Radio Four’s Today programme has revealed that, because some of the younger listeners to the programme have allegedly complained that “they have to pay too much attention", and that some items are “too difficult to understand and too long”, it will start to include lighter, shorter segments about entertainment and technology. There will also be more - how the heart sinks - “sideways looks” at the news."
Terence Blacker is jokeying to be the new Christopher Hitchens here. My problem isn’t the exhibit (inane) or the protest (derivative), but that the exhibit’s hosts showed absolute cowardice in cancelling it, and the protests have not focused on any of the actual inequality and institutionalised racist and class divisions in he country. It’s a target rich period, with it all on display during Party Conference season. And where do they go? The Barbican Centre. For fuck sake.
It’s easy to protest easily spooked left wing art types about their own place on the racism spectrum, but it’s entirely another to fill the pavement out front the Tory conference. Lame, and weak.
Let’s just remember that Steve Jobs started making serious money as an entrepreneur by selling Steve Wozniak’s “illegal” blue boxes, which allowed free long distance phone calls. It was a disruptive innovation that met the needs of people before they realised it was something that was possible to want. Huge, archaic companies tried to attack it instead of realising that it was the new normal. Now VOIP is the standard long distance communication source for billions of people, and it essentially is solving the same problem.
Progress always involves thwacking a baseball bat at the knees of giants sooner or later.