I thought it would be fun to create a musical thread that follows the topical ebb and flow of shiftingheat. It would be the viral element reinforcing ideas and provide an audio snap shot of a cluttered mind. After all, we need something to get this party started. The idea would be to link songs to posts as deemed appropriate. My first choice is the TalkingHeads: Life During Wartime An anthem for an army of one.
"If men were able to be convinced that art is precise advance knowledge of how to cope with the psychic and social consequences of the next technology, would they all become artists?" –Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media I’ve been thinking about our sped-up polarized world. We are awash in trivia. Celebrities are more real to us than members of our own families. News is dumbed down and sexed up. Television serves up crumbs that are crammed between fast food and automobile commercials. Each message is a drop one by one collecting together. First a rivulet forms then a tiny stream. The river gains a voice. The ocean commands authority. It whispers," Just let go. We have it all taken care of. Haven’t we created a perfect world?" But the world crumbles anyway. Some small newspaper goes looking for a fight and part of the world ends up in flames. The heat seems to be melting both ends of the earth but we wouldn’t know it because truth is now a negotiable commodity. What to do? I think the future is too important to leave up to the experts. It’s time to take Marshall’s advice and make some noise of our own.