Well, that was one hell of a week. Marriage is marriage, at least in the eyes of the government. Flags come down, flags go up. And Taylor Swift saves music as we know it. Or something. If you didn't expect to come out of last week an expert in recording industry contracts or constitutional law, don't worry. You're not. (And certainly neither am I.) But that doesn't mean there's not a lot to be excited about.
And I can't help but wonder (again) how this past week in the news might have been different 10 or 15 years ago. Could it have even happened in a world without Twitter and Google and Facebook? Or would change just have happened much more slowly? Would we care about the Running of the Interns?
For all our iPhones, apps and Google-fueled modernity, there's not a scientist in the world that can calculate, quantify or classify the forces of symbolism that are swirling through the universe.
But we all feel them, don't we?
Indeed, we do. These magical little boxes in our pockets capture and share those forces of symbolism. Too often tragically. But just as often — more so, I'm sure — they're capturing the new symbolisms our kids and grandkids and great-grandkids will either come to love or learn to change. (I'm under no illusion that what I know and understand today will be the same in 30 or 40 years as my time on this rock winds down.) To me, that's all that matters. I care not one bit about which phone is more magical or revolutionary or whatever marketing-speak is aimed at our wallets. I care about what we do with these things. And, with them, what we leave behind.
- For all the incredible goodwill we saw Friday, we need to remember the horror experienced in Tunisia. And France. And Kuwait. We still have much work to do.
- Speaking of symbolism, this morning I watched a Space X rocket explode. Live. To me, that's a symbol that we need more of that sort of experimentation and exploration. Not less.
- Woe to the person who says anything at all about Taylor Swift, apparently. I'm not so cynical as to think that whole thing with her and Apple was a marketing stunt. But I just can't imagine those conversations not going on before she took to Tumblr.
- And for as much as I agree that the music industry is broken (and that the film, TV and book industries — anything and everything publishing, really), I just care about listening to the music. It's my job to pay and enjoy. I shouldn't have to worry about which service the bands I'm listening to have better deals with.
- I love that we're sticking our necks out a little more on what we like, and why we like it. (Or why we don't.) Me with the G4. Andrew on ... not the G4. Jerry on the Nexus 6.
- I do think, however, that we need to be careful in how we're framing those pieces. We've got our picks that we come to editorially as a website. But that's separate from these individual pieces, and need to be presented as such.
- But it is fun to watch how upset some folks get.
- Oh, CNN.
- If you only listen to one episode of Marc Maron's WTF podcast, make sure it's this one. An incredible conversation.
- I've said it before, and I'll say it again now ... I'm really curious how future presidents and their administrations will use the Internet. I love that I can get a tweet telling me the president is going to speak, and watch it live on YouTube. That's powerful stuff.
And that's it for this week. Here's to humanity.