Art and Culture # 33: The Philosophy and Reality of the Digital Industry

4 Apr

For the Uncensored!

I don’t want anyone to be confused and think I’m talking about science fiction, but story telling has always been just about the medium as it is the words being written. Some writers, like William Gibson, talk about the future in plain speak, but put it in far off future worlds, but it seems to me that the death of science fiction is not from the settings or the way characters speak. It’s not just with a form either. Writers don’t have to use a typewriter anymore, because the accessibility of computers made it easier for creative people to achieve there dreams. But I think Naked Lunch is what I think of. The film, not the book. Bill Lee, who works as a roach killer (all based on William Burroughs life) but the film diverts as Bill starts taking the bug powder as a drug. Bugs start talking to him, and he runs to a fictional place called the Interzone after he shoots his wife, Joan, in a game of William Tell. The famous line from the film is “Show them our William Tell routine.”

Trailer for Naked Lunch

            Bill Lee escapes to Tangiers, but it’s another version of Tangiers, unlike what you read in Paul Bowels The Sheltering Sky. It’s dominated by mugwamps, and a typewriter that speaks to Bill, as it is his source of creativity but also a great enemy to him.

            What this does serve is that no matter what the form of writing or the place, it always does serve a higher purpose. 

            What the digital industry offers creatives is that we don’t need to be at a publisher to help us channel our own Interzones. We have the ability to write down our thoughts, and no matter the promise of money or wealth, our words are still our own. 

            In the digital industry, words and places are sometimes incongruent with each other. You don’t need to believe in a Matrix to understand that cyberspace exists. It used to be a very scarce idea, and it felt like you were apart of a cult that knew something that the general public didn’t know. It was fresh, exciting, as you could hear and see so many people chatting and thinking alike or differently. Disagreeing and debating. Talking all at once. People who weren’t online didn’t get it. Less people were online when the Internet and the Digital Industries started, and it felt like a special community. 

            What the Matrix gave us is the digital industries, something for all to help sell there wares but also help build a stronghold in the digital industries. Amazon wasn’t even on the periphery yet. During the early 90’s you had to use dial up, and hear the modem clicking, dialing in. It was like listening to a track from the electronica band, Daft Punk. William Burroughs would never have imagined this in his wildest dreams. The Interzone and The Matrix do share some things in common. Like how one person on drugs can be in an entirely different place, while cyberspace and the digital industries allow us to go there without taking drugs. 

            Digital Industries and the tools  that helps us see cyberspace are apart of what we see, and the Digital Industry allows us to set up our wares. We use social media accounts to give ourselves validity, and we can tell people what we think and see, and where we have information to spared. No matter false or true, information is made up of sentences that give us meaning. It still is our information to spread. 

            Just because it’s wrong doesn’t mean it needs to be censored either. Digital Industries have helped a lot of independent artists become superstars, but if we aren’t allowed to say what we want, then that Matrix’s is not free, then it is controlled. 

            All the hatred and bitterness sewn online by the legacy media can be hurtful, damaging, but you can’t censor the right to be heard and in the Matrix, what would you rather be? Neo, or the machines? Maybe we’re all Bill Lee high on our own drugs, living in another time, but then, maybe being on drugs and away from online is a good thing (jk, don’t do drugs guys, but if you do, don’t get behind the wheel. Be safe when using recreational drugs). We will heal, but not from big tech telling us it’s okay. The Digital Industry will adapt, but if America heals, it won’t be help from Big Tech, at all.

            Where it will come from? Tuning out, and relaxing. Because after this, it won’t be that hard. Nothing should be harder than what America has had to go through. But in the digital nomads, if we have no where to turn to, we might not have anywhere left. But we will find a way. As Jeff Goldblum character’s, Dr. Ian Malcom said in Jurassic Park, “life finds a way.”

            The people will find a way.

Also available on podcast too: 

www.breaker.audio/the-real-louis-t-brunos-blog

https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81MDA5ZDY3MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==

https://pca.st/504t7jxr

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. Also, he writes on https://louisbruno.substack.com, where you can support him directly. Also he can be found on Our Freedom Book https://www.ourfreedombook.com/thereallouistbruno17 His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4.  His next series, City of Sand, will be available sometime this year.

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