Curating The Week: On A Composer’s Class Notes, Google Ideals Of Mind, And The Microphone In Politics


A composer shares his college class notes from a class taught by Alvin Lucier.

“Art doesn’t have to please, make you happy or sad.”

An article about the impact of Googling on our ways of thinking.

“We’ve adopted the Google ideal of the mind, which is that you have a question that you can answer quickly: close-ended, well-defined questions. Lost in that conception is that there’s also this open-ended way of thinking where you’re not always trying to answer a question. You’re trying to go where that thought leads you. As a society, we’re saying that that way of thinking isn’t as important anymore. It’s viewed as inefficient.”

An article about the importance of microphone sound in politics.

“Monopolizing the microphone may be a key to political success. We typically attend to politician’s words—the “message”—but merely having the mic gives any message a shot. And the bulk of mic-monopolizing may be simply claiming a microphone to begin with—and fending off anyone else who comes for it.”

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