I used to lend a hand to editing a few articles on wikipedia, but it was such an exercise in futility and frustration that I had to quit.
When I first came across wikipedia, it struck me as a great idea, but after having contributions that I knew to be factual repeatedly removed or edited, I have to say that the concept as a whole is ridiculously flawed and unworkable.
I wanted to write something here about John Lennon yesterday, on the 25th anniversary of his death, but marking the death of those we seek to celebrate seems like an odd practice. We’re only interested in celebrating people’s birth when they’re alive.
It’s kind of backward really, but considering how we elevate influential people to mythical status after their deaths, and conveniently gloss over anything unpleasant they might have done, I suppose it’s understandable.
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.
– William O. Douglas, former Supreme Court Justice
I am apolitical to the point of being apathetic. Neither Democrat or Republican, more a begrudging participant, and even then, only when it’s time to vote.
I blather on a lot around here about music and punk and how great and holy it and I was back in the day, and I usually come off sounding like a smelly old man yelling at a bunch of kids to get out of his yard and go play ball somewhere else.
That I actually am a smelly old man doesn’t make it any more valid or palatable, so this time I’d like to pass the microphone to someone who is preserving a bit of musical history right here on the world wide internet.