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On Japan in general and Jpop in particular

It reminds me of that scene in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” where they go near Toontown, and you can see clouds of smoke and yelling and fighting and all sorts of haywire shit happening above the horizon to signify the complete and total lunacy of the place. Japan is just like that.

Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music, in description of JPop.

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Atmosphere – Trying to find a Balance

If I can put it on repeat on my iPod or blast the bassline on my MacBook, then I certainly can link it Web2.0 style on my blog.

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Faithless – Bombs

MTV refused to air this video because of its anti-war message. I’m posting it here because of its anti-war message. Sam: the anti-MTV.

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You don’t want to know what’s in my e-mail.

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Zinn and Chomsky on The Lord of the Rings

Chomsky: Now, at the Council of Elrond, we have the Middle Earth equivalent of a television broadcast. It’s one guy sitting in a tall chair and talking at twenty other people. This is how information is spread in this culture. But, you know, it doesn’t have to be this way. Imagine that, right now, you have the people in Gondor with a palantir, the people in Rohan with a palantir, the people in the Woodland Realm with a palantir. And everyone could be standing around it, talking to one another, sharing a conference in which the people have an equal interest and stake in what decisions are made.

Zinn: Technology that Gandalf already knows is available. But do we see a single Orc?

Chomsky: Oh, of course not. Of course not. Because everyone here has a vested interest in keeping the Orcs down.

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2003/04/22fellowship.html