Tuesday, January 27, 2009


As a follow-up question to the end of my last post: What elements of our current culture are worth keeping? We can lament the shallowness of consumer culture with all its focus on empty status symbols. But out of that culture have come some great things, for instance the computer I've got on my lap. Such a thing could never have been "directed" to be created; its the product of lots of small inventions and wandering in the sea of potential things that might be worth making. Is it the case that all the ugly culture that we'd just as soon see die off is the inevitable by-product of worthwhile things?

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