do you know what i’m interested in! is! the effect of the internet on pop culture as a monolithic thing
it’s so hard for me to tell if ~culture~ is different now than it was in the past because i can never know if i have a realistic concept of how other decades were
but i feel as though other decades had Things? that defined them? maybe that’s not true! but it feels as though culture was a bit more homogeneous. i can’t imagine it really was, but the internet and the proliferation of self-publication and such must be changing shit SOMEHOW…….
i don’t know.
i don’t know anything i just like to think about stuff ｡◕‿◕｡
Hey dad I would be interested in your thinkythoughts on this.
Man, where to begin….
As with most things, the short answer is Yes. And No. Pop culture hasn’t really been monolithic, not even within arbitrarily-small geographic or social groups, for a very long time. When I was in high school I listened to music that No One Else Liked, and so did lots of my friends. There were geeky people, sports people, musical people, stoners, etc.
That said, popular culture was more homogeneous — mostly because for something to become “popular” it had to be published, and publication pre-internet was expensive and fragile. It was hard to form a large enough community to support “fringe” art, anywhere outside a large city. For example, there have always been people interested in the kind of musical humour that Jonathan Coulton purveys so well, but there was no reasonable way for them to organize and support his work without the web. Jonathan Coulton couldn’t have become A Thing without having done the Thing A Week series, and Thing A Week couldn’t have existed without the web.
The effects of the Internet on culture has become a huge field of study. Two of the most consistently-interesting writers I know on the subject are Clay Shirky and Mizuko Ito. Read and enjoy.
There are so many great things about this video it’s hard to know where to start! But the fact that it’s put out by a cross-dressing, LGBT-friendly Australian metal band (Mechanical Black, check them out) and includes cameos by geek heroes Guido Van Rossum, James Gosling, Bruce Schneier, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jackson, and John Resig, among many others, will do for a start.