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August 28, 2007



...but it almost makes perfect sense given your Benjamin intro. Flaneurs were the 19th century offspring of technology (structural glazing systems) and commodity culture. The 'technology' of the arcade provided hitherto unknown forms of interaction (as you mentioned), just as the technology of the internet has allowed for similarly new forms of interaction today. Facebook (read 'the internet') may have made us into lazy flaneurs, but it has made us into prodigious communicators. What is Ebay if not an arcade wrought cyber?


no, carson, you're right: with new technologies of/in space emerge new technologies and forms of viewing and being viewed. facebook has just become the exemplar of this new kind of viewership technology, and flanerie has definitely become about participating in, and then trying to understand, the unfolding of social networks in (cyber)space. i guess i'm just getting old, or maybe am just falsely nostalgic, and am wanting less mediated forms of interaction.

then again, if not for the internets, or even facebook, you and i would have an ocean between us. so i'm trying not to shoot the proverbial gift horse here....


Can we look forward to a European edition of PA? :-) One reason why we ex-North Americans move here is to hone our collective "false-nostalgia"! There's nothing like 19th century architecture and cobblestone to make like it's the belle epoque.

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  • If Ayn Rand and Walter Benjamin got in a cage fight and then made up over foie gras, single malt scotch and indie pop, you'd have the delightful adventures of "That Was Probably Awkward." Plus or minus the single malt and foie gras, depending on the week's finances. But always the indie pop. Sad, stirring indie pop. And a decent happy hour.

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