Thursday, November 4, 2021



Are you one of those people who walks around with earbuds plugged into your android which is set to Spotify? Do you talk with Alex and Siri more than you do with your husband or wife? It’s a far cry from those vinyl days when you listened to “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Ain’t That a Shame” on 78s and you possessed a "victrola" which only played 45s on its totem like spindle or found yourself looking for the adaptor which allowed you to hear a 45 on your brand new turntable with the attached Bang and Olufsen speakers. What goes around comes around, however. People who watch the latest installment of Broadchurch on Netflix are partaking in a similar experience to audiences who waited eagerly for the coming week’s episode of Thackeray’s Vanity Fair in Punch. If a defibrillator can be implanted in someone’s chest, why not see a neurohedonist who will settle you into a virtual reality like Second Life where “dreams become realities.” “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities,” by the way, is the title of a l935 Delmore Schwartz short story in which the protagonist dreams his parents' future playing out on a movie screen. Has the medium replaced the message?

Read "The Internet of Everything and Buddha Mind" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and listen to "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder

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