Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Internet as Queen Bee: Or How I Learned to Stop Thinking and Love the Web

The thought has occurred to me that the Internet is altering not only how we process information but also how we retain it.

In the past I would be inclined to get to the bottom of a topic so that I could file it properly in my long term memory. But now I frequently just tell myself that if I want more factoids when a need arises, I'll just "Google" it.
As an Actor and Filmmaker more and more of the projects offered to me are "Snack-Sized" for fast consumption and limited or compressed thought.
Are we humans becoming slaves to the web and how it works?
Is this amazing information/communication/entertainment hub modifying us to serve "it" in the way "it" works best?
With every passing day we seem to be more Hive-minded with the Internet as our passive but demanding queen.

Paul Parducci

PS: Here is a fantastic article by Nicholas Carr from the Atlantic

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Disappearance of Sub Culture: Is Privacy the New Fame?

Everyone knows artist Andy Warhol's quote regarding 15 minutes. And of course this has been proven to be absolutely correct. In the past world-wide fame was linked either to great achievement or great notoriety. Today with a will anyone can present themselves for global observation.
Special knowledge and the feeling of being "in the know" are also fast evaporating.
Where once fame was the elusive commodity it is this writer's humble opinion that privacy is now the most valuable. And in the google culture we live in it will prove to be more desirable with every passing day.
In the future only the most powerful will be able to afford a private life.
In short Privacy is the new Fame.
Paul Parducci

Great article on our new "everything is everywhere" world.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Van Gogh's "Starry Night"

Paul Parducci

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Harvey Korman (1927-2008)

Some of the greatest in front-of-the-box moments of my life were spent watching this great comic actor work.
Here he is with Tim Conway doing what he did better than anyone else.

Rest in Peace Mr. Korman.
Paul Parducci