July 12, 2005

Long Now

I rediscovered the Long Now website today and was really taken by the ideas that Brian Eno brings up in his Nov 02003 talk here (pdf) on the seminars page.

I'm struck by a couple thoughts so far:

1) the kind of "short now" thinking he attributes to the 1970s is alive and well in Silicon Valley. It might be a global epidemic.

2) I really should look at the book "The Evolution of Cooperation", by Robert Axelrod. The WWI example Eno relates about how generals had to rotate troops throught the frontlines to keep them from cooperating with the enemy made me think of how "big media" helps keep divisions like "the red states" and "the blue states" alive. Cooperation doesn't make for nearly as interesting TV. [See previous post.]

3) I really enjoyed his background on his ambient music. "Music for Airports" is one of Wendy & my all-time favorites.

A good lunchtime read.

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