The 2014 Album of the Year:
Kim Dotcom – Goodtimes
Presented without comment.
The 2014 Album of the Year:
Presented without comment.
To understand the possible implications of the new power arrangement, it is critical to understand the nature of the new clerisy. Unlike traditional capitalist power groups, including private-sector organized labor, the clerisy’s power derives not primarily through economic influence per se but through its growing power to inform opinion and regulate everything from how people live to what industries will be allowed to grow, or die.
The clerisy shares a kind of mission which Bell described as the rational “ordering of mass society.” Like the bishops and parish priests of the feudal past, or the public intellectuals, university dons and Anglican worthies of early 19th century Britain, today’s clerisy attempts to impart on the masses today’s distinctly secular “truths,” on issues ranging from the nature of justice, race and gender to the environment. Academics, for example, increasingly regulate speech along politically correct lines, and indoctrinate the young while the media shape their perceptions of reality.
Most distinctive about the clerisy is their unanimity of views. On campus today, there is broad agreement on a host of issues from gay marriage, affirmative action and what are perceived as “women’s” issues to an almost religious environmentalism that is contemptuous toward traditional industry and anything that smacks of traditional middle class suburban values. (italics mine)
Composers, artists, or architects in a compound began to have the instincts of the medieval clergy, much of whose activity was devoted exclusively to separating itself from the mob. For mob, substitute bourgeoise—and here you have the spirit of avant-gardism in the twentieth century. Once inside a compound, an artist became part of a clerisy, to use an old term for an intelligensia with clerical persumptions” (Tom Wolfe,From Bauhaus to Our House, p. 14).
I prefer ‘Hipster Clerisy’ and where do we start to look at this particular clerical class?*
XOXO Festival seems like a good place to start. Tech media darlings from 2012 to present, XOXO Festival held in a hipster church in Portland XOXO Fest tags itself as, “An experimental festival celebrating independently-produced art and technology.” Actually it’s a pretty standard conference featuring people talking with pitch decks behind them and larded with hipster bait such as: Portland! Free 3rd Wave coffee, artisanal BBQ and ice cream from a place called ‘Salt and Straw’. This is the conference for people who think TED has gone too populous.
I’m sure all that food is delicious.
From XOXO’s twitter feed look at all the diversity on display often found among the hipster clerisy. Some of these people even went to elite universities NOT on the East Coast. One guy has a tie (he makes up for it with a smart waistcoat).
Some of these people don’t even live in Brooklyn or the Bay Area!
How do we know these folks are ‘hipster clerisy’ Like pornography, you just know it when you see it.
Some of the speakers are certainly working on cool stuff. We know Kevin Kelly works on Cool Tools. Many of them are taste makers and early adopters. Is the clerical impulse for control present in this group? Is this an “intelligentsia with clerical presumptions.”? Is XOXO a representative face behind the anti-gamer crusade so trendy of late and other fronts on the culture wars?
Coming up shortly on Consumptionblog – #Gamergate, efficacy and message control. Music for your Throat Chakra! And much much more.
*just as there is more than one of everything, there is more of one clerical class in the US, the West and in other parts of the world where other people might live.
Dear Beloved Burners,
He is a privileged white guy with a beard and an MBA.
He’ll spend too much at the Walmart in Reno for a bunch of stuff he’ll never use.
He’ll get a bit dusty and see a bunch of awesome art.
He’ll get all pill’d up and dance for six hours at White Ocean one night.
He’ll yell and curse during Exodus on Monday.
He’ll fit right in.
Costa Rica Beware!
Before the Saturday quarter final World Cup extravaganza against the Dutch take these words to heart: : “Dutch Footballers are Nasty, Brutish, and Tall.” Tommy Hobbes – famous English football commentator at the World Cup in 1651 in Groningen featuring the Oranje menace versus the Kingdom of Silesia.
Team Silesia took the lead on a face paced counter break driving down the right wing and swinging in the Charles I’s head which was used as the ball and headed home by attacking Silesia man mountain Miesko. During the half time interval King Charles II, still smarting over his dead fathers utility in scoring one against his home side ordered the Silesia team drawn and quartered. This is where the term “quarter finals” is derived from. The Kingdom of Silesia, in a state of embarrassment had itself drawn and quartered into four kingdoms, promptly joining the Czech, Poles, Austrians and Germans, never again making it to the knock out stages of a World Cup.
Strudel your couch and buckle your seat belts people. Not since Kaiser Wilhelm II rode through the Jaffa Gates in Jerusalem has there been a greater day in German history.
This morning Jurgen Klinsmann and his merry band of Von Trapps ride on the Brasilian autobahn of destiny against Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Mario Gomez and eight other people for World Cup Glory.
It’s going to be awesome!
Fernley, NV (CB) – In 2014 Consumptionblog will totally be your source for all news Burning Man. Like CNN in 1991 Consumptionbloggers will be providing 24/7 live news coverage of all events leading up to Burning Man, 2014, ‘Bromance’.
Is there a crowdfunded seance summoning Paul Addis?
You won’t find this kind of news in the more traditional mainstream media like Harper’s Bazaar or Reddit.
What’s happening today, April 1st, 2014 you ask? Well, not much – it’s about 47F in Gerlach. Some e-mails were sent about the Port-a-Pottie contract. Several Burners complained about waiting 19 minutes at the totally huge new Blue Bottle Coffee cafe in Temescal, Oakland.
But its going to get exciting. We promise.
Little Nixon, NV – The newly minted not-for-profit Burning Man Organization of America in association with Black Rock Solar, Inc. just issued the following statement about fire poi at this years’ Burning Man Festival:
Starting at Burning Man 2014, ‘Commiserate’ we hereby declare all fire poi to be powered by solar or other approved alternative energy sources. This may affect the time the Man is Burned (probably noon-ish this year). The Department of Fire, Poi Division will be set up near the DMV this year where all poi instruments will be checked and licensed before being approved for use. There will be 2 classes of Poi license, one for daytime use only and the other, for both day and night time use. The number of licenses issued will be limited to 178. All those found in violation of these rules will be forced to attend Ranger Training.
More information will be produced soon but the sun is going down and we need to conserve power on our solar free range organic laptops.