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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Where Does the Time Go?
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 27th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
(Sorry for the delay in replying. LJ was down -- of course -- when I had time to answer comments yesterday.)

There's a way in which New Yorker articles always seem to make their subject matter more important than it would otherwise seem to be. And the Grateful Dead, to their fans, have always been a lot more important than anyone else thinks they are. So maybe the term fits in that context.

The off-the-gridness attracted me, too, especially when I initially became interested them -- see my comment above -- as a teenager because I knew they were a phenomenon in the 80s but had somehow, in that pre-file sharing, pre-YouTube era, never heard any of their music.

I do think that taping culture and the distribution networks that made it into a collective enterprise have a lot to tell us about how social networks unfold. I suppose pre-internet porn culture does as well, but the Dead provide a more wholesome alternative!

mallorys_camera From: mallorys_camera Date: November 27th, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
have a lot to tell us about how social networks unfold

Oh, definitely. Do you know the Well? It's like the (many ellipses go here) great-grand daddy of all social media, and I discovered it in like 1989 which makes me a veritable horsetail among Internet users. Anway, back in the early days, three-quarters of the Well's user base was Deadheads trading tapes. They really got the use of the medium. Took the rest of the world aa long time -- and millions of miles of fiber optic cabling -- to catch up;.
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