Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Mister Szantó, Look and See

I've recently seen András Szantó, director of National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University, define culture as something "sensitive to surprising the observer". Surprisingly, he said that Internet was not conferred to such quality. I know that Szantó is a defender of the gate keepers' culture, but say that the Internet is incapable of surprising someone is a crime of, well, lese culture. It is not by chance that the word "serendipity", coined by Horace Walpole in the 18th century, has been gaining scale since the Internet advent! Kublai Khan yesterday and Google Suggest today (by the way, thank you LazyWeb! Some days ago, looking for information about WindowBlinds, I almost lost my head trying to find in plain Google the name of that hatful of graphic software called devianART; my memory were insisting in remember just the prefix "dev" and the word "art". After that ordeal, a thing came into my mind: Why does search algorithms are so dependent of complete words if the mind usually works through fragments?). Please, Mr. Szantó, don't blame me for being an iconoclast! I'm just a poor mortal suffering from "loss of forgetfulness". Iconoclast and, thanks god, atheist. Quoting my new hero, Marshall Sahlins, There is a sure, one word solution to all the world's current problems: Atheism. I'm sure that the great American anthropologist would love Mr. Gruff, OBJECTIVE: Christian Ministries' mascot.

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