aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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digerati and the world
Posted by dav at 2002 October 15 06:37 PM
File under: Zines

I ran across this 1995 essay "Mondo 2000 vs. Wired" which examines the differences and history of these two seminal publications of the digital zeitgeist (authored by an editor of the now defunct Mondo 2000).

I particularly liked this quote describing the author's feelings about the technological elite, which I think is just as spot on now as 7 years ago:


I have ranted and raved at many hackers and people who are part of the "A" list of cyberculture. I have asked for their help. They are passionate about liberty. They are passionate about privacy. But try to talk to them about hacking the economic marginalization of the majority that leads to intolerably Third World living conditions and they'll only look at you quizzically as if you just dipped your beef jerky into the wine. This shouldn't surprise me. The techno-elite are perhaps the only group advantaged by the new economy. They will be the new lords of the terrain in a Dickensian world of beggars and servants. Just because they think of themselves as hipsters doesn't mean we should expect them to share the wealth.

Comments:

Where the hell are you? I'm in dav withdrawal!! Post an entry already. Eric is farting in here. Ack.

Posted by: Laura on October 26, 2002 10:54 PM

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