BIG NIGHT TONIGHT!
First, I’ll be making another radio appearance — this time far briefer — via Benjamen Walker’s new show on WFMU, Too Much Information. Friends and longtime readers know that I’ve been a fan of Ben Walker’s programs for some time now. For those who aren’t familiar, Benjamen has been making some of the raddest radio around for years (e.g., Your Radio Nightlight and Theory of Everything, both of which deserve better archiving).
Benjamen took something of a hiatus in recent years to work on other things, so I’m psyched to hear him back on the air with a weekly program. Even better, TMI airs on FMU from 6-7pm, directly preceding /Rupture’s Mudd Up!, so you can lock into WFMU every Monday evening for a couple solid hours of aural provocation.
For tonight’s show, I spoke with Benjamen about the “most popular post” on wayneandwax.com this year. (Technically speaking, I should note that we limited the search to posts created in 2009; the most popular singular post at W&W remains 2007’s “Zunguzung Meme.”) Although it took me a little while to make sense of the various SiteMeters and Analytics available to me, it turned out that the most read — or at least arrived at — post on W&W in 2009 was “Dem Nuh Ramp,” which considered the legal troubles swirling around Vybz&Spice’s “Rampin Shop.” (Incidentally, my posts on “Dreadlocked Aliens” and “Treble Culture” were in hot pursuit of the #1; and I’ve gotta say that I’m heartened by the fact that some posts with actual substance — as opposed to zeitgeisty key words or potentially salacious images — are the ones that prove popular.)
Here’s how Ben puts my appearance on his show into context:
NEW TMI tonight! Hear what was the most popular for wayneandwax.com, artfagcity.com, hilobrow.com, etsy.com, Dan Sinker and Tim Kreider. Plus a visit to the facebook christmas party! AND your host recalls his failures of 2008 and 2009 with the most popular thing of 2009 right under his nose!
So, sorry about the spoilers re: my own site, but do tune in to hear the full/rest!
Speaking of FB, which I’ve still managed to avoid joining despite that such stubbornness continues to produce a certain social invisibility and increasingly serious barriers to my research, have you heard about the Italian art project that facilitates a dignified and artful way to commit “virtual suicide”? Check out seppukoo.com before the ZuckerBorg shuts it down with spurious legal challenges. And mark my words:
2010 is the year for MASS FACEBOOK SUICIDE!
either that or finally giving in.
Finally, the other part of tonight’s BIG NIGHT is happening here in Cambridge at BEAT RESEARCH. Joining me and Flack behind the bricks, are none other than TWO of our favorite erstwhile hometown heroes, DJ Yamin (now via Nawlins) and BR co-founder DJ C (now based in Chitown). It’s sure to be a good time, perhaps even more “party” than “experimental.” Come shake off those Christmas calories!
4 thoughts on “Too Much Informatics”
re: facebook – as somebody who avoided it for the last five years, it has been immense (if juvenile Butt what-ever) fun posting ranty-rhetoric, my fav youtube crap, and stony-pseudo-revolutionary bull (as well as swearing as much as possible) on facebook for the last few weeks of unemployment, and trying to type Seppukoo in various forms has been the ONLY time ive gotten any resistance from facebook. Its bad enough that they know what im looking at online and try to sell me crap ALL DAY, but the creepy fascist-corporate vibe is STRIKING, and im surprised more of my peers dont talk more shit on facebook?
at the same time, twitter is being used for some pretty exciting things (he says as he watches his Iranian peers fight back, jealously?), and all i do on THERE is say stupid crap…i once had a good line to a friend that i’d try most anything in life but for incest and the internet, and now I’m living the icky stuff – the internet (memes, etcccc) being wonderfully incestuous, or at least helping emphasize that inherent metaphorical activity that IS culture itself??? Clearly i suck at expressing this stuff well, and its been covered by the smarties on this blog and others already but…i dunno. At least it feels like were part of the Rebel Alliance or something, or just observant aliens stuck here in Babylon?
Loud & Proudly NOT! on FB
Just subscribed to the TMI podcast and heard about your blog from your appearance on the “most popular” show. I’m looking forward to more of your blog posts.
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