“You Could Learn a Little Something About… Holding Back.” > THE BULLSHIT ASYMMETRY PRINCIPAL AND THE WAR OF ART

From Finding Forrester, one of the all time great movies on Writing:

“What were you going to say? I should tell you everything about me?”

“I told you about me.”

“You could learn a little something about holding back.”

I was posting about how I was excited about the new RUN THE JEWELS album dropping recently, (RTJ4), and how it sounds like CYBERPUNK style music to me. Got some good recommendations for other music that fits that bill. One artist that I have been listening to from those rec’s is OLIVER TREE.

This song, in addition to rocking pretty hard, has some lyrics that made me think of something I’ve learned about internet life, just in the past one or two years. The lyric is :

I changed my whole life when
I learned to ignore them

From the Oliver Tree song ‘HURT’

This speaks to the fact, for me, that many people posting shit on the internet are wastrels. Posting shit, which they don’t intellectually-honestly believe, but specifically to drain energy from anything they don’t want you to put energy into, which you might believe.

This is THE BULLSHIT ASYMMETRY PRINCIPLE.

Also known as BRANDOLINI’S LAW.

“Publicly formulated the first time in January 2013 by Alberto Brandolini, an Italian programmer, the bullshit asymmetry principle (also known as Brandolini’s law) states that:”¹

The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.

Which reminds me of talk in the book ‘Godel, Escher, Bach’ by Douglas Hofstadter, among other things, about when systems either make jumps to other levels of meaning, or complexity, but also when the observance or track of a route through that system MIGHT – step back from the current track – and DE-COUPLE.

Rather than falter and spin into a fatal error, or infinite loop, there can be a reckoning with what is happening. This, in my view, is critical to intelligence. It resides in the power of perception, awareness. It is even the punchline of the wonderful film ‘Batman Begins’ – “You never did learn to mind your surroundings.”

There is the option, always to initiate protocol : DO NOT ENGAGE.

To let the bullshit monster flail. The allow its monster tentacles to spin out and choke its own snapping beak. It might not always be the best, but we must BE AWARE, that this is a valid tactic.

As I realized in my article on THE HUNGER GAMES: ‘Fascism Is Not Fun’,

“In a world overrun with media blindness, one can only hope those who ‘run the media’ (when it’s felt at that point of being so separate from us; true dystopia), will pity us with moments of reflection, like for Katniss, when she remembers her true purpose, the real reason she has inside her, when she turns on her futuristic window TV in her bedroom in the Capitol training facility, which automatically tunes itself to the nature channel. (Of course, that probably wasn’t the programmer’s intent, it was probably just… the odds being in her favor.)

“Because the way we are talking about media here, is in a pantheistic religious way. This is the mode in which we view media today. And unfortunately, the fact that Donnie Darko (2001) had to stand up and face the drawing on the chalkboard where he was confronted with the spectrum between ‘Fear’ at one end, and ‘Love’ on the other, meant that the filmmaker, on some level, felt that that message was as important as Donnie’s response.

You blink, and there’s a revolution. Or you blink, and you missed it. Something will fill the gap.”

What fills the gap, is what we must be fighting for. Time not wasted on this spiteful, meaningless HORSE. SHIT.

Have a lovely day, Billy Pilgrim.

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