(for fear of sounding offensively reductive or egotistical — in that, assuming our missives to ether actually have import, or are wanted, or needed, or even read — this is a brief attempt to address something not ‘work’ related nor necessarily ‘artistic,’ though that’s the entire point.)
i semi-recently stopped using social media as a means to circulate information on current (global) events. for those who are hyper-critical of media practices, it’s easy to notice how these actions typically create information loops and homogenize the narratives therein: we stop being galvanized by Atrocity and instead absorb it, as it becomes our vernacular. additionally, the more “shareable” a piece of content is, the more future journalism will be dictated by that metric, and its aesthetics/construction will continue to reflect that. a refutation of that model is not a disengagement from the travesties themselves.
this observation is not unique.
for humans trying to navigate this miserably fucked Earth in messy, problematic ways, there is no “correct” praxis — yet there are those with heightened visibility, which necessarily conform to internet-parlance. yes, it’s affirming to notice people, uh, waking up to contemporary apartheid and entrenched racism, through whatever means. but these dialogues must also transcend to conversation and action outside of our homes. (ironically, communities that have been historically, severely oppressed often find that online engagement is the safest form of civic participation they have…)
i don’t know what comprehensive, long-term solutions look like, but — despite conversations about the revolutionary capacity of social media — systemic problems can’t and won’t be cured via a passive, flat medium, and we should remain mindful of that.
attn: provincial weirdos
playing a show at LCM (oakland) on august 29th with one dmitri s., as part of a Ratskin Records showcase. even though we’re not on that label! nor do we have a record. or a name.
following night (8/30) tooth (aka ARC) and i are performing (aka transducing wave-forms) together at the Church, for sam lefebvre’s Degenetrenegade mag release. come (II)?