PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “My definition of a devil is a god who has not
been recognized,” said mythologist Joseph Campbell. “It is a power in you
to which you have not given expression, and you push it back. And then,
like all repressed energy, it builds up and becomes dangerous to the
position you’re trying to hold.” Do you agree, Pisces? I hope so, because
you will soon be entering the Get Better Acquainted with Your Devil Phase
of your astrological cycle, to be immediately followed by the Transform
Your Devil into a God Phase. To get the party started, ask yourself this
question: What is the power in you to which you have not given
Via Rob Brezny
I got an iPhone late last year. I’d been happy with my iPod touch for since 2011 but in 2013 it was clear that my apps wouldn’t work anymore and I really wanted a nicer camera. Since I’m completely anti-cellphone plans I bought it unblocked. Yup, I paid the unblocked version of the iPhone 5s. I thought, if my iPod lasted 4 and something years then the iPhone will last the same.
It’s in perfect working condition except for one, impossible-to-ignore, malfunction: This morning I opened my library and there was a U2 album ready to download.
You can’t swipe delete it. It’s like huge stain or crack on my screen. The idea of it is so hideous I can feel my outrage getting the best of me.
It starts with the imposition. Sure, Apple can update their IOS, they can change the design, change the font and make all the designers crazy. They can change sizes, colors, materials and even the plugs so you are forced to buy aditional chargers etc.
They can plan the product’s obsolesence years ahead, they can manipulate us into making us desire a certain lifestyle.
It starts with an imposition.
And there comes a time when the imposition turns into invasion and insult. It’s messing with someone’s very personal taste.
I think Lady Gaga would have been less of an insult. I could live with Lady Gaga in my library, but it’s U2.
What that band represents is greediness, hypocrisy, corporativism and bad music.
Feeling small against these types of impositions is made worse by the fact that I paid for this device. That I bought it with very particular needs and desires: a phone, a camera and a to-do list.
What are my options?
What is left?
It’s depressing that we just take it. That we are immune to these things, that we shrug our shoulders and say, oh well…
We are so bored hearing about privacy and consent that we just don’t care anymore.
I spoke about this to different people online and offline. My indignation was met with shrugs.
"Just don’t download it"
"I don’t care one way of the other"
"Some people are happy about it" - blink, blink.
Yup. I can ignore the album, I can not download the album, I can be indifferent to it but, if I’m a whining nobody, maybe I can pull in support from someone like Sasha Frere-Jones at the New Yorker :
Don’t shove your music into people’s homes. A U2 album that some would have taken seriously was instead turned into an album that seems as pointless as it probably is. Lack of consent is not the future.