Why is MSTRKRFT/John Digweed at Vanguard so expensive

Pretty much the title sums up what I'm thinking about right now. I am all about some John freakin Digweed and MSTRKRFT.. so much so that I might actually consider a $45 ticket. That's SO MUCH MONEY for a ticket though and I just know I'll end up spending more going into LA.

Also look at this digital paint on your walls with lasers kit . Reminiscent of a similar Graffiti Research Lab project , it allows you to use a stick thing to draw on your walls.. this is cool. It also, like me griping about the MSTRKRFT show has almost nothing to do with new media. Or does it?

It really doesn't at all, I just felt like blogging about it. I slogged through the McLuhan this evening and found it to be very interesting; I wasn't sure exactly what he was doing with gender and race roles and power in one little snippet but then again if he's talking about popular culture there was still some serious inequality in the early '60s I guess. All in all it's interesting to see him trace complicated notions about the subjective/objective conflict around true statements and an ethical focus on the individual vs the group through the changes in media. What he was saying about medieval vs renaissance ideologies resonated with my own recent take on the motivation behind medievalism, which is the return to an ideology dominated by imagination and emotion (and so the subjective), not by renaissance "reason" (objectivity). Midevalists, not so much the DnD crowd as the academics who love Gawain and the Green Knight, never made any sense to me until very recently. The idea of unified vision and Newton was good too; he came at it from a much different perspective than I had previously thought about things, but I overall kind of agreed with him. As for the media's influence on our society, he seems to be arguing one side of a question which we've posed several times in class: what is the relationship between patterns of thought that necessitate new methods of communication and systems of communication that change patterns of thought? New Media, taken to its limit, seems to be totally subversive to our society and the way it functions; looking at the philosophers and not the engineers who prefaced its emergence gives some indication of just how. I wasn't sure first if McLuhan's idea of new media was as Hyper and extreme as some instances we talked about. Second I wasn't sure if he was saying that the new media technologies were in place, and the shock-waves were slowly rippling through our societal ideologies, or trying to give a rallying cry to people to make things happen. I pretty much think the former but I wasn't entirely sure since he did seem to use rhetoric to make value judgments about new media ways of thinking being better than previous generation ones. Let me end by adding a caveat: everything I just said should be seen in the context of how I understood the work, which in places may not have been well. McLuhan's writing is super-dense and there were certainly some ideas which I never really grasped. All in all, a provocative read, but could probably have been a lot more clear.