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May. 29th, 2007

Poll #993337 Charme discret?

Is it live or is it memorex?


I guess you could make this about vinyl vs. compact discs, or mp3s -- warm hisses and pops vs. digital clean, but occassionally cold sounding recordings. It could also be a fight between discrete and continuous quantities. I'm personally a fan of analog recordings in digital format.
Or pick which word you prefer. No rules at all in the Dadaist cage match.

I do know that the "discret" reference in my poll name is different discreet than the mathmatically discrete quantity. I just never pass up an opportunity to reference Luis Bunuel.



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May. 29th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. And vinyl chafes if you don't put on enough powder before putting it on. So does latex. And neither breathe. I just love the way records look too. Especially freshly cleaned when they are all glossy.
May. 29th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of glad this is mostly quantified as a music question, because in some things I'm very pro-analog while in others I'm digital all the way. For music, while I like my mp3 player, I'm fond of the way vinyl sounds and I don't really own very many CDs. I like compasses over GPS, maps over satellite images (googlemaps notwithstanding), and paper over plastic....but for writing and communication I generally prefer digital, ditto photography.
May. 29th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I feel that division too. I like the sound of analog recordings, but the ease of digital format. I love my fountain pen, but I write with my laptop. i love the idea of taking Cunard everywhere and trains. But I fly.

Do you think it is because we are navel gazywriter types? We have romantic yearnings for the elegance of the past?

Oh I have actually done orienteering with a compass and map. I could never afford a GPS when I was hiking a lot. But the little GPS guides for cars are pretty cool. (Google maps is fabulous. and google earth! Have you ever played with google earth?)
May. 31st, 2007 11:45 am (UTC)
To be honest, I think it has less to do with the way writers in specific are, and more to do with the fact that writers, like artists, have a developed sense of aesthetics that we tie firmly into our personality. We want everything in the world to be beautiful as well as functional, and that fusion of art and function is more often seen in a historical setting.

I love Google Maps, but when I used them to get round Chicago when I first moved here I discovered some highly disturbing inaccuracies. There's a whole street missing from the area near Fox & Obel, and at least two Red Line El stops are in the wrong place (one of them is in THE LAKE.)
May. 31st, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah google maps can totally be a bitch. It has caused to miss at least one dinner reservation.

No, but I mean are we so sensitive to aesthetics? It is pretty curious. Perhaps it is that we are sensitive to start and then art is natural? OMG beauty and function. We want to whole world designed by Bang & Olufson! :D
May. 31st, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
I don't know -- I suppose it depends on whether you believe that artists are born with an innate aesthetic sensitivity, or working on art and being creative results in a more finely-tuned sense of the beautiful.
May. 31st, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
nature/nurture whatever.
May. 29th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
I went with digital. As much as I love the sheer simplicity and nostalgic awesomeness that is analog in some things, I'm pathetically grateful for the digital age. The internet in particular has transformed the world...and I'd be saddened were it unavailable to me. Besides, it pwns analog like WOAH in terms of speed and efficiency.

Of course, this means that all my love letters end up being print-outs. *winks* No ribbon-tied, scented envelopes for my grandchildren to discover. Woes?
May. 29th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
OMG. This is why I love talking to you! Can you imagine finding the disk, or jump drive, or cell phone full of romantic text messages, emails, or a blog with your parents love letters on them??

Reminds me of lost_owls except that of course was not real. :D
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