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Sunday, October 12, 2003
Montezuma Welcomes the Conquistadors
Land Hall So there I was putting on my most faux-professorial face in the conference room of Land Hall, HQ it would seem for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. What I was really thinking at that moment was the Dylan line from Tombstone Blues that goes: "now I wish I could write you a melody so plain / that could hold you dear lady from going insane / that could ease you and cool you and cease the pain / of your useless and pointless knowledge..."

I was concurrently delivering a short, succinct lecture about how the indigenous peoples of Mexico welcomed the Spanish Conquistadors, and saying this was a pretty fair metaphor, I thought, for how the entire thrust of BloggerCon -- which was celebrating its own success in the Great Hall from which Frank Paynter and I had briefly escaped -- was to welcome with open arms those same old rigid credential-oriented semantic straightjackets from which blogging had, for a few historical moments, liberated us. So come on Legitimate Press, come on Academe, come on Party Politics! On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

Remember what FM radio was like in the 60s? No, of course you don't. Therefore you will be condemned to an unbreakable addiction to the endless blatherskite of Top-40 "A-List" bloggers who get invited to conferences to underscore their own self-importance. The Medium is Dead. Long live The Medium! I used to be disgusted / and now I try to be amused... Gimmeabreak, OK? Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!

"Edwin H. Land: A Harvard dropout, Land went on to
invent polarizing filters and start the Polaroid company.
In 1947, he introduced the world to instant film."


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