10 March 2010

The Digital Divide

In the most recent Details magazine, their 10th Anniversary issue, March 2010, I stumbled upon a fascinating article on digital gay dating from this so-called "ambigu-straight" magazine. The writer describes a gay iPhone app called "Grindr" which apparently is like a listing of available men with one of the sorting categories (in addition to picture and various measurements) is distance between iPhones. This app is functional and used even in places like Iran and Kazakhstan!

John D'Emilio described the emergence of a discrete gay identity with capitalism in his article titled Capitalism and Gay Identity. If we look at capital flows and information flows and the connection between capital and information, a fascinating question arises about alternatives to capitalism if, as Deleuze and Guattari question, that is even possible.

In the race towards over-intellectualization, I don't think that many newly minted Marxists and other anti-capitalists have adequately considered the role capitalism has played in their own lives. I know Marx says that's the contradiction.

On my own musings, when I was a kid I thought about an electronic device that would instantly allow everyone in the world to find their perfect match. Yet, as the iPhone and the internet work their way to it, I have grown to believe that even if such a device were available, it would not function as expected or anticipated.

11 comments:

  1. a soulmate tracker? strange. haha where's the fun in the hunt then?

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  2. i had no patience as a child and I always fantasized about how I could be lazy! but such a device would destroy everything important about life.

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  3. perhaps it should have its limitations. like maybe it'll show you his picture and then that's it. u have to find him now. haha

    feels like a weird 90's romantic comedy plot.

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  4. soulmate o sexmate tracker?

    @ Citybouy... masaya yan kung soulmate ang pinag uusapan... pero kung kabongkangan na, huwag naman... kailangan all out ang infos.... kaya nga quickie... mabilisan! hahahaha

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  5. @yj: i think the soulmate reference was to my childhood fantasy.

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  6. @cb: i would have said, weird like a 60s sci-fi. is that an indicator of my age?

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  7. @YJ ~ lol

    @LOF ~ di naman.. maybe we just have different influences. :D

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  8. I'll go with screwball comedy, but the soulmate device could find a home in both romantic comedies and Twilight Zone episodes. The genres aren't exclusive. Your app would be trouble, but most would ignore the results unless it gave them the answer they wanted. Would it display the one you are fated to have, or the one you deserve to have?

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  9. AC: i doubt, for most people, that "what one deserves" and fate are different.

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  10. It depends on who gets to write the algorithm and what force was being tapped into to identify soul mates. As for me, I'd tap into 50% Justice, 40% Fate and 30% shear Luck to find a soul mate for those in need. It doesn't add up to 100%, but when does it ever.

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