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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?

new media and the political process

This article found online was on the front page of The New York Times on Feb. 9 discussing Democratic presidential contender John Edwards' controversy with the two people running his campaign blog. He decided to keep his staff, but it was either keeping the women and facing criticism from conservatives who disproved of the vulgarity in their blogging past, or firing the women and facing criticism from the internet world.

Everything is Blog

First of all John Barger screams winning documentary short to me; someone in Chicago is looking at a Sundance slot for sure if they make it well. I'd certainly watch it; he's a fascinating person whose life seems a little off kilter, and as Dibbel has already demonstrated, he's a great jumping off point to examine not only blogging but the larger issue of how interaction with an enormous compendium of data and thus abstraction affect the human condition.

It took me a little bit of time to figure out why anyone really cared about the whole blogging phenomenon. In a world where subcultures full of rite and ritual rise and fade into obscurity every few months without most of the world ever knowing, it is impossible to avoid looking upon anything new and supposedly "important" in the internet world without something of a jaundiced eye. Blogs, sure, seem to be making waves, and we seem to all interact with them frequently. But even if Blogging in itself hasn't yet had the impact upon our society that something like television or the atom bomb has for whatever reason, it is nonetheless a point of solid ground from which to start exploring larger issues of human interaction in the age of the mature internet. That's kind of how I feel about it right now; maybe later I'll see the light and realize just how ridiculously important the rise of blogging is, but at this point I'm much more interested in the larger ideas/movements from which blogging stems, and of which it is a result.

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