bumps blips and burps of the social gene as it unfolds
12/9/2020 There’s a new format for the game of love – online video dating conducted in front of a live audience – and it has as much in common with television dating shows as twitch does with peacocking — love for sale — brighter than an Amsterdam love street — truman show — watching dates/commenting on them — crowdsource — authenticity/video — better than the algorithm –chatrouletteXjaneausten — better than swiping and a few texts — because you really reveal yourself on video, in front of an audience of 100s — audience perspective/see meme article on what makes a
25/8/20XX Non-vaccine related good news from Coronatime! Long-distance lovers torn asunder by lockdowns, shutouts and the vicissitudes of fate and visa authorities now have a movement to let love in… #loveisnottourism is a global phenomena which is organising behind geographically-separated, unmarried-but-committed couples [and family members] to petition countries on an individual basis to recognise their amorous needs as necessary human rights and to allow them to be reunited. It would seem like the best possible use of this crisis if the disunited nations fell in line and legitimised the conjoined status of lovers. Some countries have predictable prerequisites [joint bank accounts or leases], some are sweet [Germany accepts photographs, social media and letters as proof] and some are downright lovecrazy [Norway is happy if couples have met at least once IRL]. Never before has that relationship status acquired such import. Click below to be treated to a delightful wall of transnational yearning
16/6/20XX The short-lived run of John Krasinski’s youtube show, Some Good News is a sign of these wary/weary times and of our abbreviated hopes. Thanks for the very welcome feels, John. We’re going to spend some time with Ava DuVernay’s required-viewing catalogue before we head back to the effort of keeping our radical optimism alive…
13/6/20XX Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has an extremely noble manifesto to offer for the post-Covid19 Dawn of New Humanity. And it has enough practical meat on its vegan bones to put a serving of idealism back on the table. And to vanquish the sour soapy aftertaste of the utopian bubble which burst in your face as soon as you returned to regular traffic and antisocial distancing. And it might even help you settle the argument over whether Russell Brand or Slavoj Zizek better embraces your brand of useful cynicism. And it certainly will get you off your lumpen work-from-home backside and compartmentalised guilt of us and them, black lives vs Dalit lives vs Muslim lives and the passivity which the wilful retreat from complexity and nuance engenders. And if you’re through jumping to attention every time you see a government circular in your inbox, please read this urgent advisory by Suhas Palshikar to better understand why we’re such ready victims of the State’s docility indoctrination program. Because the real revolution is here, it’s live and they’d much rather it wasn’t televised
This speculative piece from The Guardian flags the death blow contact tracing could deal to discretion and intrigue in romantic liaisons and is a great companion to our rant about the perils of this technology and the end of privacy. The New York Times shows you how to politely decline that Zoom invitation when all you want to do is put on PPE and block out all social media. Looking for love in lockdown places? Apparently we all are: Twitter has seen the length of conversations and number of messages increase as online dating gets our undivided attention. NPR has some rare non-avuncular advice for handling romantic relationships, both present and potential.