16 February, 2006

for the ages

"All culture is ultimately revealed in it's lowest forms. When archaeologists are digging up civilizations, they're basically finding the Styrofoam cups of an ancient era. They're not finding copies of Schindler's List or Picassos. It's bizarre that everyone seems to think that the way to understand a lost culture is through the most basic tools of that culture - spoons, knives, forks, whatever - and if you really apply that to contemporary culture, that means that everything that's in the Seven Eleven is actually what explains life as we're living it now. You could bomb everything else, just leave the Seven Eleven and that would be your most accurate museum of what life currently is."

Philip Brophy

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Blogger bigfootcookie shout your mess

In millennia to come, they will think we lived out of radioactive Styrofoam goods, and worshipped a shallow God called "Big Brother".

And they'd be right

February 17, 2006 7:57 am

Blogger MadMondo shout your mess

If you assume that what we know about the past can be captured from its physical remains. Read many archaeological texts from the last 200 years and it is clear the author projects his own culural observations and desires onto the artifacts of others.

One of our lowest (and best) forms will be sadly absent as I doubt the immense quantity of pr0n we now have at our fingertips will survive for future archaelologists' edification. It would be hugely entertaining to be around to see the hier of Tony Robinson trying to put in a wide cultural context the age of the shaven muff in the late 20th and early 21st Century.

February 26, 2006 4:56 pm

Blogger MadMondo shout your mess

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February 26, 2006 4:56 pm

Blogger Chris shout your mess

Douglas Adams argued that porn driving new technology and media is nothing new at all, that it is probably responsible for the widespread use of printing.

February 27, 2006 7:24 am


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