May 10, 2007
Boondoggles vs Immediacy
I was musing over the intracacies of the logistics of mixtape exchanges:
There are songs to collect (which we do as consumers anyway),
There is media to buy (the lowly and nearly obsolete cdr discs),
And we must pay the postal piper to have these nearly obsolete bits of plastic shipped from locality to locality, sometimes internationally.
Not to mention the silver fleece of packaging, wrapping and the sealings with kisses to ensure fortuitous delivery of our prizes.
I was thinking about the equation and I realized that we might be able to reduce the steps down to a slipstream of simplicity: Collecting and then sending, thus eliminating the media, the postals and all the lovely s.w.a.k.s.
We keeps it digital.
We collect our musics and put the best and the brightest into a folder. i.e. "Gillz's Whipped Cream and Other Delights" and then we upload thems to a central server, like the venerable Maison des Oiseaux, where everyone with computer can access and instantaneously pull them down like so many fresh timber from the hilltops of Macedonia.
That way we have no impediments of either buying useless media, nor the mechanations of state postal delivery. We save our timber, we save our fossil fuels, we save our plastics (our futures) and most of all we save our efforts. We can spend the surplus in time loving our Loves, listening to our loves and loving to love new creations instead of wasting our strength between the gears of postal service vans.
I think I might know a person with such a server who might (with a minimal bribe) have said server already ups and runnings.
He could, theoretically, set aside a folder to enclose the mixes where all of the like-minded might set their treasures.
Thus ending world poverty, at least to a dozen or so souls involved in the mixtapesabound project, in terms of maximising the collective leisure at sharing songs with their pals.
Isn't that the point, after all is said and not mailed?