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July 17, 2003

Life in Babel

Babylon is on the brain as I re-read Neuromancer in vague preparation for a course I will be teaching on digital media and culture. Gibson's Zion is a precedent for the rave against the machine presented by Reloaded and I find the solidarity and certainty presented by communities of like-minded people to be somewhat appealing. But given the city or a commune I choose the city every time.

The Flea misses family and friends in London just about every day but missed Toronto's Barsoomian towers as every year went by in England. Both cities are known by the locals as "the big smoke" and both take pride in a multi-ethnic cosmopolitanism. Cities take a hit in romantic utopian politics precisely for the hectic and uncomfortable diversity of opinion the city affords. The blogosphere might offer something comparable... Will we stick to the neighbourhoods of opinion we share or will we take the opportunity to be challenged by ideas which challenge our own?

The spirit of ancient Babel has blessed Flea Towers over the last two weeks. In that spirit I welcome visitors from Sweden, Poland, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Denmark, Peru, Lebanon, a United Nations server, Costa Rica, Brazil, Lithuania, Switzerland, Austria, Russian Federation, Israel, Portugal, Argentina, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Mexico, Finland, Germany, Singapore, Greece, Belgium, Italy, France, New Zealand, Netherlands, Hungary, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, the United States and Canada.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 17, 2003 07:56 AM