“At the end of the day, language death is, ironically, a symptom of people coming together. Globalization means hitherto isolated peoples migrating and sharing space. For them to do so and still maintain distinct languages across generations happens only amidst unusually tenacious self-isolation—such as that of the Amish—or brutal segregation.”—John McWhorter in the journal World Affairs (Why Save Dying Languages? - Idea of the Day Blog - NYTimes.com) (via obsoletethebook)
“A woman at the turn of the 20th century blamed the postcard craze for the fact that ‘there is no standard nowadays of elegant letter writing, as there used to be in our time. It is a sort of go as you please development, and the result is atrocious.’ An editorial in an English newspaper in 1901, referring to the telegraph, lamented: “Our desire to outstrip Time has been fatal to more things than love. We have minimized and condensed our emotions… . We have destroyed the memory of yesterday with the worries of tomorrow.”—
“My little brother almost bought an album from iTunes the other day because it was too much trouble to find a pirated version. Why on earth hasn’t the music industry shifted their marketing to how it is more convienent to buy authentic than the “we will sue you for every dime if you don’t” approach?”—
They gotta stop trying to make so much money off of album sales. Give it away for free, and instead charge people significantly for live shows — if we love the bands (after having been exposed to them, easily and for free) we will pay sixty bucks to see their shows. And if we have a good time (which we usually do, no matter what), we will probably pay that again to see them again when they are back in town.
Besides, the musicians are making an awesome living with fame and fortune, doing something they love doing and everyone wants to be doing. It’s not a chore. They do it to share it with everyone anyway, and they don’t need to sell all those albums to live the dream.
“Then I tell them, it’s a brand’s job to be interesting. And what makes a brand interesting is the human interaction around the brand, not the inherent qualities of the brand itself. Some people get it, some people don’t, some people kinda get it, even if they’d rather not.”—
@gapingvoid from his recap of his Mesh Marketing talk. Brands using the web as a social space: take note of his point; it can’t be explained any more clearly.
I have this ex-boyfriend who always reminds me how much I have changed. How I used to be an early riser and how I’m such a night owl now. How surprising it is that I have my ears gauged and how expected it is that I still rarely eat anything other than french fries and pizza. He says it in such a derogatory way, “You’ve changed so much.” I can’t help but feel a new sense of accomplishment every time I am told how much I have changed.
“The thing about college is, as great as it is, there’s something cruel about it. I mean, you don’t know anyone when you get there. But then, all of a sudden, you find yourself making connections, making friends and dating people. And there’s something incredible about it, like anything’s possible. And you go through years of that, and you get used to it. But the thing is, it’s not real. Because graduation comes, and whatever you’ve been working towards, or whatever your plans are, it just pulls you away.”—