Sunday, July 22, 2018

"You Shouldn't Let Poets Lie to You"

As a public service I am embedding this warning about listening to poets, at least when it comes to technology. It was provided to us by the Icelandic singer Björk (last name, Guðmundsdóttir) some years ago. I'd guess maybe 30 years ago judging by the age of the cathode ray TV set that she's exploring and well as the age of Björk, which is currently 52 earth years.

You see, Björk used to be afraid of the mysterious black box that was her TV because she listened to some lying poet who told her the electron guns inside it were bypassing her rational filter and hypnotizing her by the way they caused patterns of images to be displayed on the phosphorescent screen. But, luckily, one morning she read a Danish book that debunked all that. In the above video she boldly removes the case from her TV set and traces with her fingers all the little electronic cities and rivers that are the circuit boards and wires inside, and the "scientifical truth" dispels her irrational fear.

So the moral of her story is you shouldn't listen uncritically to poets. Also, I will add, she's lucky her fingers didn't explore a CRT capacitor too closely, or else she would have relapsed hard back into her fear of TV.


Anonymous said...

TSB: Peter Van Buren was banned from Twitter for life today! Supposedly for
"Inciting Fear of Violence in Others" (whatever that means.) He was engaging in a debate with two other people on twitter and they were also banned. Looks like the neo-cons don't like people telling the truth about the State Department. gwb

TSB said...

Van Buren suspended? I should have realized it, since it occurs to me I haven't seen his tweets in days. That is some strange kind of purge Twitter has going on.