Obscenity, Acceleration and Reality Checks

Steve Allen said that comedy is tragedy plus time. But the length of time between a tragic event and comedy about it has accelerated. Everything has accelerated. The rate of acceleration itself is accelerating. Paul Krassner

Just finished browsing Glen E. Friedman’s blog after adding him on Twitter, and saw this video interview with Paul Krassner. I dug it and thought it worthy of reposting because it tackles a lot of what I see as things change and it ties a lot of statements about the value of independent voices together. I think as newspapers crumble and voices of authority become less important in our daily lives we’ll see the importance of an independent voice increase. Educationally this is the shift we’ve been seeing in the classroom, and I’m sure we’ll continue to see (unless there’s some radical shift elsewhere). Hopefully this shift means a reliance more on our selves and communities, not on a dictatorial power to do everything for us.

The ideas of accelerating change is something I think we all feel, but is it really exponential as some folks consider? Is it something we can measure, and is it even worth measuring?

Here’s the video:

Paul Krassner: Who’s To Say What’s Obscene? from DANGEROUS MINDS on Vimeo.