An introduction

This is a semi-public place to dump text too flimsy to even become a blog post. I wouldn't recommend reading it unless you have a lot of time to waste. You'd be better off at my livejournal. I also have another blog, and write most of the French journal summaries at the Eurozine Review.

Why do I clutter up the internet with this stuff at all? Mainly because I'm trying to get into the habit of displaying as much as possible of what I'm doing in public. Also, Blogger is a decent interface for a notebook

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Create harder, or the sunspots will get you

The Sekhmet Hypothesis is the idea that pop-culture upheavals follow sunspot patterns. Every 11 years the sunspots hit a peak, and so there's a culture shift. If you squint really hard you can kind of see it. Warren Ellis:
1955 -- the dawn of rock'n'roll. 1966 00 is when the Sixties happened. 1977 --- punk epxlodes. 1988 -- aciiiid. 1999 -- fucking nothing.

So, we're now in a cultural rut which even bizarre sunspot theories can't extricate us from. Ellis again:

here in the Zero Years of the 21, even those most reliable engines of creation of the last half of C20, Britain and Japan (both islands, both post-imperialist, both post-major and incredibly damaged economic shell games, both finding their stations as makers of art) are coming up empty. Coldplay and Fruits Basket? Give me strength.

It's a chilling thought, but maybe worth considering, even only as a Threat Condition to be armed against: maybe we're stuck here.

[compare: the post-temporality Bruce Sterling has been turning into a theme, e.g. in his transmediale keynote last year]

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