“I think a lot of the hatred stems from displacement; in the ’90s, when we were afraid of ‘selling out,’ we hated the gatekeepers, the mainstream corporate culture that assimilated and corrupted the underground. Now that the mainstream has fragmented, we see it as just another tool to get our message across, and our animosity has been forced to move on to another bugbear that is, like mass culture, ultimately a version of ourselves: the fake hipster.”—http://www.theawl.com/2010/10/being-a-hipster-is-an-excellent-and-wonderful-thing#comment-153762
You were riding the outbound #44 yesterday. You got on somewhere around Judah and got off at Portola. In between, you tagged the bus with a sticker. You put it behind the stairwell mirror, so the camera couldn’t see. Very clever! Then you hung out in the stairwell the rest of the ride, casting the occasional suspicious glance towards the front to see if you’d been spotted in the midst of this daring act of rebellion.
I have some bad news: I pulled the sticker down. See, I have it right here:
It is very important that you understand that I didn’t do this because of some sort of anti-sticker philosophy. (My views on the matter are fairly fluid.)
I pulled your sticker down because it sucks. Really, it’s terrible. Let’s look at it again!
"Rude Boy"? Really? Pretty original, champ. And the "Skorch" mess on the bottom is what my son’s diapers look like. You seriously want this featured on a venerable line like the #44? Not on my watch.
Zuckerberg faced no such barrier. For less than $1,000, he could get his idea onto the Internet. He needed no permission from the network provider. He needed no clearance from Harvard to offer it to Harvard students. Neither with Yale, or Princeton, or Stanford. Nor with every other community he invited in. Because the platform of the Internet is open and free, or in the language of the day, because it is a “neutral network,” a billion Mark Zuckerbergs have the opportunity to invent for the platform. And though there are crucial partners who are essential to bring the product to market, the cost of proving viability on this platform has dropped dramatically….
The tragedy—small in the scale of things, no doubt—of this film is that practically everyone watching it will miss this point. Practically everyone walking out will think they understand genius on the Internet. But almost none will have seen the real genius here. And that is tragedy because just at the moment when we celebrate the product of these two wonders—Zuckerberg and the Internet—working together, policymakers are conspiring ferociously with old world powers to remove the conditions for this success. As “network neutrality” gets bargained away—to add insult to injury, by an administration that was elected with the promise to defend it—the opportunities for the Zuckerbergs of tomorrow will shrink.