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by Nowick Gray, Editor of Alternative Culture Magazine

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Internet Slowdown Blues

During a slowdown the other night of my daily, much-of-the-dayly Internet connection, I suddenly wondered: what would we all do without this major fix (I mean, addiction)? I saw strange visions of neighbors talking in the streets, because they had to get out of the house; the TV just doestn’t do it anymore. We have all been weaned on TV and schooled in the Internet. Now what do we do when school is over?

What this vision holds is also the end of suburban barbeques. No more Perry Como, or even Marilyn Monroe. It’s beyond Elton John and into Apocalypse Now territory, LA Freeway style. The SUVs still running will be prioritized for National Security purposes. Water will be bought and sold on the black market. Some will have slabs of meat in the basement, curing.

Is there a flower vision too in all this chaos of chimp rewiring? A docile tribe, somewhere ruminating on the next and last breath? Earnest carrot weeders and fly fisherwomen, savvy in the hungry hills? An Internet archive society, with rogue software and hardware, hacking code like crazy to simulate survival? As if the *.1 version is going to hack it ...


BlackBerry Blues

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Rule Reversals (January 2003)

Telling it Like it Is (January 2003)

White Rabbit (February 2002)

On Novelty (February 2002)

An Open Letter to the Democratic Party after September 11 (December 2001)

Psychoactive Sacramentals: Essays on Entheogens and Religion (book review) (November 2001)

Forest Storm (September 2001)

Feminism, Poetic Myth, and Alternative Culture - An Homage to The White Goddess (July 2000)

Quests for Identity and Other Addictions (May 2000)

Wheel of Fortune (April 2000)

Great Writers and Street Poets (February 2000)

Upgrade for Speed Because Time is Running Out? (August 1999)

Retail Therapy: Decision Making in the Computer Age (August 1999)

Retail Therapy2: Random Brief Downtimes (August 1999)

Farouche Speaks (April 1999)

NetGlut: Notes from a cleansing fast (February 1998)

To Unix and Back Alive (January 1997)

Webness (November 1996)

Surfing Again (November 1996)

Bananas in British Columbia (May 1996)

Confessions of a computer addict (May 1996)

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