Pere Ubu’s “30 seconds of Tokyo” has been in my head all day. Strangely appropriate – I was on the stop the war march today. There may be pictures later. Theme for the day: ultra-connection. Be it the media all over the march, the wireless network I’ve just got up and running again, and will post this through, the mobile phones through which we made arrangements all day, even while walking down the street on the March, or the Visor on which I found myself scribbling notes about communication drums and biology in Hyde Park, inspired by the background of the protest March as I sat on the bench looking over the Serpentine, and thought about Snakes, DNA, and time-binding thanks to Alan Moore.
I’ve been thinking about war, zero-sum games, and power institutions lately. If you don’t like the game, change the rules. It’s a hyperconnected planet. Now, more than ever, it’s a round world. Isn’t it about time we started acting like it? Hence the march. I’m seeing Grant Morrison talk on Friday, and I’m reminded of his approach to dealing terrorism – don’t fight back. Buy it off. Make Them Into Us. Give them money and blowjobs until they go away happy.
Suddenly it’s not all zero-sum.