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From the desk of apocalyptic futuristic weirdo:
Can you make poetry on the computer? Will our children write masterpieces in crayon or with their stylus? The creative process seems watered down when sitting in front of a computer. I'm sure that writing feels more creative, it takes more work to create. But imagine how carefully people chose words before the ballpoint pen? Imagine dipping your quill in ink, word economy would have new meaning. When I type I talk. I'm translating my thoughts directly through my hands. My buffer isn't so quick when handwriting, but maybe I lose the things that don't need to be said. We continue to buy books printed on a press. One would think we've grown past the written word, but publishing executives have yet to starve. We still like books, we still like things we've grown past technologically. People still use the oven when the microwave cooks faster. Maybe the written word shares the traits of the oven. The oven cooks food at a slow rate, you can keep something warm. People use the oven for turkey or any sizeable meat. The microwave would produce a lousy turkey, without a doubt. People use both microwaves and ovens, even though they do the same thing. Will my generation be the last to experience such duplicity. If I really want to write a powerful letter, I sit down at my desk with a pen. If I want to send a quick note to my brother, I type it on my ibook. I can type faster than write but can I write better on a computer? There is something romantic about sitting alone writing, great authors have done so for centuries. By evolving the way we write I believe we evolve what we write. Web pages are the microwaves of language. Personal web pages are often overcooked on the outside but raw in the middle. They are full of banal thoughts crystalized and packaged for easy digestion. I don't want to live that way. I can't. I don't yearn for the time before the microwave because I barely remember it. I just wonder what the future will bring, more e-tards? Will the next generation lose their appetite for food that takes more than 10 minutes to cook????
Date Written: January 28, 2004Comments:
Average Vote: 2.5714
02/6/2004 Will Disney: now, annebot, are you that futuristic weirdo?
02/6/2004 Craig Lewis (4): This trenchant cri de coeur must be read by everyone who cares about the erosion of civil discourse in the post-Janet Jackson tit-flash era.
02/6/2004 Joe Frankenstone (2): As a Jew, I get worried about all this talk of ovens. And you should really try to use fewer than nine comma splices per short, they make valid points about ovens or whatever seem stupid.
02/6/2004 qualcomm (1): don't like it. is the fact that it's "from the desk of apocalyptic futuristic weirdo" supposed to disguise the author's identification with/ownership of these tired, self-righteous ideas? "oh, let's go back to cars that need a crank to start. it makes me appreciate the wonders of the internal combustion engine so much more."
02/6/2004 qualcomm: my apologies if i'm missing the point and you're actually making fun of the speaker. but somehow i think not...
02/6/2004 anonymous: This short made me hungry for turkey or any sizeable meat.
02/7/2004 Dick Vomit (2): Frankenstone, I was right there with you on the comma splice issue.
02/9/2004 anonymous (1): My favorite part is when it goes "any sizeable meat".
02/24/2004 annebot: America loves its sizeable meats. this is an exerpt from my webpage that I typed five or more years ago...... I wanted to submit SOMETHING but not actually spend energy thinking about it. I really don't know where the apocalyptic weirdo part comes from at all.
02/26/2004 Mr. Pony: If someone wants to write a really good book, does it matter if they use flamingo quills and special ink ground by castrated monks from the Crimean Alps? If the author's ideas are sound and their writing good, would such a book suffer from being composed on a PC? What if it is written on a PC with a Pentium III processor versus a Pentium II? Would that make for a better plot or more elegant prose? Perhaps authors can trick themselves into writing better books by using some arcane and time-consuming technique, but that's really just buying into a consumeresque nostalgia-addled philosophy. Which is fine, but call it like it is. I agree with the speaker to some extent. A pipe whittled with a knife will no doubt come out different than one made with a chainsaw. Similar to the oven/microwave thing. But that's different. Different cooking techniques. Different physical and chemical changes going on. When the end result is words, what does the technique matter, as long as the author is paying attention? Of course, I revised this post several times and checked for spelling errors (ignoring 'consumeresque'). Would I have done that if I was writing with a pen? Probably not. Would anyone have read it? Absolutely not. Yeah. So I don't know.
03/14/2004 Mr. Pony (5): Five stars for not dignifying my incoherent ramblings with a response!
05/24/2004 TheBuyer (3): Not too shabby.