i find a hypnotic peacefulness in the blinking of a cursor.
which, i believe, is why my mind draws a blank when it comes time to put something down in the old text processor.
and so much
said about formatting
when it's hypnotic
and graciously absent
but even now, i resumed writing this (from the above)
because i’m in awe of the fact that we, contemporary people, settle in to no permanent home online. but instead choose to scatter versions of ourselves around indiscriminately.
business here, sexy there, raving lunatic there, etc.
and the vision is that of each of us being a sower–scattering the seeds of our identities about so that no cohesive person can emerge.
At the moment I only have two bots on Twitter.
- All Proper Names
- Sentimental Trump
The first is a listing of all possible combinations of names from popular name lists found on the internet and the second is a analyses the sentiment of each of Donald Trump’s tweets.
At the moment they both seem relatively useless but at 3am last night they seemed like brilliant ideas.
This is how these things go.
What I find interesting about bots is their sheer uselessness altogether. Yes, bots that alert people to danger, etc. are useful but only to the degree that they don’t get drowned out by other bots.
I imagine the scene to look a lot like a bombing run where the people on a mission are having to navigate through heavy flak.
But the signal/noise commentary is very overdone so I’ll stop.
Although I toss around the word “useless” (7 points in scrabble barring being on any of the fancy squares) I appreciate the useless far more than the useful.
Useless is interesting. It’s the stuff that leads to great thoughts and art. It’s the unexpected glitch and long sought for ‘accident’.
Useful is banal. It’s the facebooks of the world that end up being just a daily drone of people’s eating habits. Showering us with an existential angst that says “you, little person, are nothing”.
I plan on tarrying in the useless for the time being.
The bots are and have been down for some time. Bots, by and large, are boring stuff.