The Art of Self-Surveillance


Seated here at my desk I write while broadcasting the transmission, revealing the process of doing while I’m actively doing. Why you might ask? Is this some kind of exercise in voyeurism? No I respond, it is an act that is not unlike the everyday actions we all engage in via our media of choice. So I continue to think this through, while writing and thinking and having this conversation with myself at the same time broadcasting while someone out there in the world is receiving the message as it is being thought while performing the message signal at the same time. I would say that this is an act of direct communication from the brain to the viewer, while seated here in my studio wondering how long I can continue to write and think and broadcast all at the same time.


To Be an Iconoclast in the Land of the Living Dead


You might hate him or love him, but this arrogant, self-absorbed, reality-resistant mega-star has shaken things up in the political world. To read Mark Leibovich’s Donald Trump is not Going Anywhere in the NY Times, is to realize the extent the Trump phenomenon has upended the status quo of American politics. In many ways, Donald Trump is a prophet for post reality America, feeding an electorate that is fascinated and consumed with the performance of politics, as opposed to its actual substance. The candidates that attempt to sell themselves through actual reality (policy) are losing out to the campaigns driven by mythology (dreams and fabrications): like Trump’s mythic, existential Wall against the “other” that will bring to a swift end the tyranny of illegal immigration.

The Open Source Pope

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“We have the freedom to direct technology for the common good, more human, and more social.” – Pope Francis

The Pope just left Washington. We live a few blocks away from the Vatican Embassy, and yes for a few short days, Pope Francis was our neighbor, a resident of the ‘hood.

This is clearly no ordinary Pope. In Popes past, I had always thought of the Church as being an anachronistic entity steeped in the traditions and rules of another era, far removed from the contemporary present. But Pope Francis is another story. He blazed through Washington like a man on a mission, determined to heal, if that is possible, the turmoil of Washington that has reached circus-like dimensions with Donald Trump and the Presidential campaign.

Out of CTL


In the media saturated landscape of the 21st century global information culture, it seems that we as humans are losing ground to the FORCE of the attraction of our data, our communications, our screens. The problem is simple: information is seductive, pervasive, and all consuming: and our inability to disconnect is perhaps the great CRISIS of our time. What is this compulsion? It is the need for more and more and more digital information to the extreme where it eclipses our interest in the events swirling around us in the cold reality of our everyday, physical lives.

The TRUMP Show


If there was any doubt that American politics has become a SHOW, we have reached the cathartic denouement and well beyond. Donald Trump has single handedly whipped the Republican campaign into his very own reality tv show, with all the mock self-reflection, confessionals, and personal lambasting we associate with, say, The Housewives of New Jersey, just to name an example.

The Lure of the Desert Return


Again and again and again, I return to the lure of the desert. There is no other place so stark & empty: such a source for the unimaginable. It is a place where the intangible invokes the strange and incomprehensible. It is a place where silence reveals everything you have ever heard or thought you could. It is a place where the mind races trying to navigate through all the possibilities beyond its reach. The desert is the other world.