Kwark still saving the old world.
Gather round children while we tell you a tale. A long time ago in a far away place called Australia, in a time called "postmodernism" there was a wizar-academic called McKenzie Wark. "Ken", "Kwark" variously described, railed furiously against all "left conservatism", any notion that the disappearance of the old world -- work, neighbourhoods, cities, nature -- was something to organise over. When people spoke of people's lives being turned upside down, Kwark responded "we don't have roots, we have aerials!".
Fast forward 15 years, and Kwark has found a superposition, as professor in New York, postmodern hog heaven, from whence comes this tweet
Yeah, ain't that the breaks? You work so hard to get where you want to be decrying those who would resist the brave new world -- and then everything that makes it, well, real, starts to disappear, because the city becomes a wasteland of aerials. New rule: a fogey is a postmodernist whose bookshop is closing. It's amazing how slow on the uptake some people are (still, it's a great bookshop, do sign the petition). -- Guy Rundle
Front page of the day
. The trial of Conrad Murray
, Michael Jackson's doctor at the time of his death, began overnight in Los Angeles. UK tabloid The Sun
spared no column inches in its edition today, devoting not only pages 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and nine but also a graphic front page: