Sunday, September 21, 2008
Precis: The God of the Digerati by Jedediah Purdy
The audience that is primarily pitched to would be the general readers of the magazine and the already established cultural and political critics of the rag. It does not necessarily respond to anticipated objections as much as it plays into the neo-sincere counter-counterculture thread which was heating up during this period of post 911 soon to be 'shock & awe' - but computers can save us all
It is hard differentiate the generalized argument and the stakes of the author who is directly invested in the comparative critique of the rising neo-tribalism electro-cult-capitalists.
This article at its heart seemed to be a direct attempt at shooting a verbose golden arrow into the head of the then editor Kevin Kelly.
In light of the current financial crisis it is easy to side with the author as many of his claims and cited historical cycles seem to becoming to fruition as we discuss these very topics.
In retrospect, Purdy is kicking a half-dead horse. By this I mean to say that print magazines were becoming much more self aware of the unsustainable economic model to which they had previously depended. Wired is attempting to financially grow and support itself through the changing economy and basic neo-Nietzschean philosophy that is its' own propaganda.
This is another case of the digital-dragon swallowing its own 'tale.'
Posted by PML at 10:49 AM