IDEA FIVE: Playing Stay Alive with Capitalism

If money didn’t have anything to do with it, than I can’t understand why anyone would want to be famous in the so-called “real” world when if yr a cool kid and look hot you can be like Raymi and be famous in a specific world instead. When you are an innernet star you still get the luxury of privacy: you dont have paparazzi and stalkers. Ok maybe you have stalkers, but you can definitely still walk down the street and not get mobbed like a person who is famous ferreal. You don’t have to keep your hat pulled down low to cover yr sleep deprived eyes while u stock up on supplies...coke blak, turkey sandwiches, protein bars, iced coffee...you can go up your apartment stairs, all alone, with planes of afternoon light intersecting above your head...till you're inside, getting situated on your blue office swivel chair, flipping open the laptop and pressing the iPod into it’s charger seat, enjoying the ritual you’ve created around “going online”: You open the Tupperware container that has bags of green and various pipes inside...outside are the sounds of planes hooking either a sharp left or right up above, depending on whether they are landing at or taking off from La Guardia. Or maybe yr squirreled away in a forgotten corner of Greenpoint, Brooklyn and it's the hum of the BQE that makes up the soundtrack underneath the soundtrack.

Or maybe you live on a green plain in New Zealand, or in a suburb in Canada, or California, or a mildewy flat on the outskirts of London...

Being famous in a specific world
, allows the person to remain ferreal and untouched by corporate hands, the way a rapper who has mixtapes that are hot on the streets but doesn't have a deal is the most number one dood out there--cuz the streets is with him. We've seen with hip-hop what happens when a specific world expands into the real world and takes it over. Will bloggers follow in the footsteps of rappers and become larger than life? Will stars like Raymi blow up as blogs and blogging and social networks take over the innernet? Will some of them (like me) become superhero nerds known the world over for being cool as fuck or is your light and your power of the needy sort so that you'll let your talent be subsumed and drowned by a larger, Tsunami-like force?

In Rushes The Corporate Tide.

(Do you know how to ride?)

My idea is create sites that are deeper and deeper...to make the specific world as specific as u can make it. To become an exaggerated version of yourself that is very, very real...Bloggers can take that from hip-hop and mix it with the greater intimacy that blogging creates between themselves and their readers and they should RUN WITH IT and go wherever it takes them. Barely survive and cut loose at the same time.

Live inside.

Create spaces inside of spaces inside of spaces instead of trying to map out new terrain on the slippery split screen stock ticker surface of things.



Blogger hijacked frequencies said...

i'm famous in my apartment and in my head. it makes it very very easy to hide.

9:36 AM  
Blogger TRUE said...

i hide in the sky. next to the pie.

3:49 PM  
Blogger IDEA ONE said...

Word bond.

12:15 PM  
Blogger nk said...

Am I really reading this for free?

As much as I like the idea of staying underground, contented with my fame in my niche, I can't help thinking that the really good ideas need to surface. Maybe it is the exhibitionist-journalist in me, but ideas like this need to get out. And the only way they get out is by leaving the niche. I see an essay here, an argumentative essay, and if it were spelled out in ordinary rhetorical prose, you might really get the audience that allows it to surface.

What am I saying? Let's keep it our network.

1:21 PM  
Blogger TRUE said...

first of all--thx to all of u here who have come by and especial thx to those who comment.

i hear you, nk...on all points. i guess the near impossible task has always been to cross over without selling out. Some make it, some don't. What i'm trying to come up with is a plan for making it--but the very nature of the plan is that it can't be FULLY planned.

you know--you play music. The only way to really get deep is to keep it loose--frivolous, even.

I'm trying to come up with a new topography and explore the point where inside, private and underground meets outside, public and corporate.

7:14 PM  
Blogger nk said...

You're a cartographer. Keep charting out new lands.

9:43 AM  
Blogger TRUE said...

i'll mark out the land, you imagine the new country.

11:41 AM  

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