Posted from the U.S.
I think that I have quite remarkably dwindled away a brief glimmer of worldwide media hype and awareness into a few (1, 2?) dedicated readers and lots of internet flotsam and jetsam (wierd pornsites linking to Easongates posts from months ago). But that's ok. The world turns and moves on and so it should.
What have I been doing?
- family stuff
- working on robots
- working on an album
- exploring the whole free software/culture/music/media movement
- battling various natural disasters (hurricanes) which passed through my home but then destroyed New Orleans and much of the Gulf
- dealing with numerous diseases and ailments of close friends and family
I've become more and more intrigued with the power of free software/culture and the power of collective online collaboration. I've come to realize that the far reaching effect of the whole Easongate blogfest was not as much the content (although I'm sure Eason would disagree) as it is the mechanism. In this world, where we in the U.S. are trying to recover from natural disasters and live under a cloud of terrorist paranoia, where we are fighting a battle with no real probablity of success (we can not win a war against terror anymore than we can win a war against the concept of evil), there exists interesting hope. It hovers against a background of commercial exploits, war, paranoia, and politics - realpolitik, but against those odds strange communities of wikkipedia people and freeware people and open source people exist. It is not unlike the Civil Rights Movement, but it is harder to pin down. It represents not just the freedom of a particular group, but freedom for all of us.
When Moses walked a band of ragged slaves out of Eygpt, he had high hopes. But slavery and servitude and the powers that be have held fast and still exist - they change form, scope, and sometimes become more palatable. But most of us will never know what it means to be free - truly free. Not chaos or anarchy, but peaceful free and good free. Our society can not handle, nor can we as individuals (yet) handle this freedom, but we can taste pockets of it. A few bloggers understand a piece of this freedom, some hackers get it, some writers and musicians know it. Jefferson understood it but did not fully implement it. Did Bob Dylan get it? Is he free from Sony or whatever nasty corporate entity owns his soul? What about Richard Stallman. Perhaps he is free. Perhaps he is a ghostly dancer. Maybe both.
I met a free man a few weeks ago. He was living on the street (drunk, crazy?) and came up to us after a gig in what passes for Florida's CBGB's. He played after us and sang and was filled with joy and laughed and smiled. For the brief time that he played, he was free. He sang dirty, nasty songs "I want to get f--ked" but not in a dirty, nasty way - he sang in an honest, Robert Johnson as crazy man way.
The trouble is, I myself am not sure that freedom is all that it is cracked up to be. We just "freed" Iraq. Free from security. Free from order. Free from safety. Free from logic. People being freed of their heads. Maybe now we understand why Saddam had to be such a bastard. Are we better than him? Would the average Iraqi agree? The Chinese are smarter - they know how to ease their country and people into freedom. Slow and steady.
We need to be free. But not too fast.