Member's Links #9: The Inspiration of Others
Everyone needs a break, even those who have spent the last 10 years running.
I am sensing a return to old thoughts. That’s where I think 2023 is headed. Digital revolutions, the social internet, propaganda circled in yellow highlighter with that modern and almost patronisingly simple label of “fake news”, a pandemic… it takes its toll. Everyone needs a break, even those who have spent the last 10 years running. And I think that’s up next, partly invited and welcomed, and partly forced upon us (excited to experience the third [?] recession in my lifetime). At the age of 29, that’s at least one recession every 10 years. Shouldn’t we all be so lucky…
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I plan to write on this further, but the 2020s will be more than the proposed or desired decade of excess and roaring celebration. We have a larger wealth divide than ever, but we still love to spend. The wheel of culture spins at a rapid rate, and is only just beginning to crossover between East and West. We do not have breaks between wars anymore, no matter how large or World-encompassing. It’s a forever war now. That all has an impact of longing for something else.
Yes, the pandemic shifted the values of many. Personally, I believe that the narrative around Just How Much the impact of COVID will have on our collective futures is a bit overblown. But I do believe in a lasting ripple effect; small pieces of burnt fabric and ash, floating through the sky after a fire has all but fizzled out.
These ripples will see us return to the Old, in more ways than one: smaller community, smaller publishing, smaller tech. I am bullish on the return of print media, and have been for some time. Vinyl continues to sell, as one generation Ages Out and another, younger group wonders: what did it used to be like? A podcast is just radio, and the “revolution” of digital streaming is fast becoming commercial TV again (you just have to do a lot of the programming work).
Anyway, plenty more to think about. And I will. And then I will report back.
Now, onto the links: