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I have a terrible habit, and I feel it's about time I confessed it here, to the internet.

It starts back in the mid-90s, during the days when nu-metal was just becoming cool and the internet was still this weird new thing that cost a fortune on your phone bill to use. Not that either of those is remotely relevant to this story, they just serve to set the scene. It's important to set the scene, you see, in order to convey the full and most subtly nuanced of meanings here. Of course, as soon as you have any sort of interpretable meaning you lose control, as the writer, over how your readership will take the piece. This has been an issue ever since Roland Barthes proclaimed the death of the author, back in 1967. Now 1967 was an interesting year; its first month alone saw the release of The Doors' debut album, the first Super Bowl, and the founding of Milton Keynes. This is important, because Milton Keynes was of course to later be the home of the 2001 Ozzfest music festival, no less than 34 years after the town's founding. And as we all know, in the intervening years I was born, and would attend that very same Ozzfest in that very same Milton Keynes.

In 1967 however, people were not aware that someday all this would happen. Mostly at the time they were concerned with things like the war in Vietnam, and then with the summer of love. Twenty or so years later there would be a second "summer of love" in the British rave scene, only it wasn't really a summer as it lasted four years. It also probably didn't concern many of the original summer of love participants, as it happened in England rather than Haight-Ashbury, and in the intervening twenty years many of the original participants had probably grown up, cut their hair, and become the Establishment that they formerly railed against. That is generally the fate of any revolution, to either be thwarted, or to become what they'd fought against. Thomas Pynchon wrote about former hippies decades after, in his novel Vineland. The novel disappointed many critics, but then that is of little surprise, as that is what critics are for. If you look at the etymology of the word critic it actually comes from the Greek 'κριτής' meaning "one who is frequently disappointed for no good reason". That was a lie by the way, κριτής doesn't mean that at all, it means a person who offered reasoned jugdement, analysis, or opinion. Arguably my definition is more correct, but that's besides the point. And if you take certain points of view regarding ontology and the human perception of the world then the notion of being more or less correct is entirely irrelevant anyway.

Anyway, I digress, my terrible habit is launching into rambling disjointed paragraphs that don't lead anywhere or have any coherent theme.

Date: 2010-07-27 07:09 am (UTC)
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[personal profile] tajasel told me where you are, so I thought I should friend you, even though that usage doesn't really apply on DW. Nice to see you on Friday, looking forward to gaming soon.


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