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Marek J
02:50 PM ET (US)
I examine my own knee jerk reactions. (a propos, it's a marvelous way of killing time on this planet, I think)I say I examine my knee jerk reactions, you know those reactions you have that seem to take the immediate shape of face frowns, posture freeze or spasms of shoulders). so anyway, recently my knee jerk reactions are mostly 'numbness'.

I try to examine where my vitality went. I seem to be missing this part of me. Tom, I think mainly of your line 'media doesn't have ears' and I think of a Monster, a beast but maybe some kind of machine, humanlike perhaps. If Media is such a creature that doesn't have 'Ears' then not only can it no 'hear' what others want to express but it also is incapable of 'hearing' itself.

It appears the creature vomits noise continuously alas it can not hear itself so it must create more noise hoping to be able to hear itself ad infinitum. I wonder what it would be like to be a creature like that. Here I am with no 'Ears', no ability to 'hear' oneself I vomit noise in hopes of hearing my own self, (assuming that self in fact can express and be heard being expressed by self) and then numbness sets it since I can never hear myself.

What a hopeless life it would be to have no 'ears'. Are we in fact seeing such a creature today on TV, billboards, radio, magazines, newspapers. Is the creature then like me. A human being playing the part of the monster with no 'ears', not being able to 'hear' himself? Am I in fact producing noise here in this post in hopes of hearing my own voice? Do I have 'ears' to hear myself? My soul? does it in fact speak to me? Would my knee-jerk reactions of numbness my hopelessness of a creature who can not ever hear it's own voice?
Edited 09-05-2002 02:54 PM
tom's rubbishPerson was signed in when posted
10:00 PM ET (US)
Email from Kurt, of Sainteros:

Agreed. After watching the Frontline documentary on PBS last night, which
was pretty thought provoking actually, I spent a bit of time just thinking
about the coming media onslaught. I've decided that my blog, Sainteros
(, will go silent next Wednesday to honor the
dead. Nor will I watch or listen to media that day. I wish we could shut the
whole culture down for a day. Would one day of silence each year--no
commerce, no travel, no "activity"--really hurt us? I thought I'd papered
over most of the hurt (too much of it, admittedly, voyeuristic), but I find
suddenly that tears still come to my eyes. I wish we could honor these
emotions in a way that didn't involve merchandising.
tom's rubbishPerson was signed in when posted
03:25 PM ET (US)
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