Netting the sublime

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By Olivia Rosane/ November 20, 2012/ DISPATCH, INSTAGRAMMATOLOGY, VOICINGS/ 2 Remarks

” The only sublime the web cares about is the technological sublime,” I wrote in my last blog post. A day later on, the superb came for New york city City, and all the internet-obsessed blog owners and also tweeters that populate it.

I spent Frankenstorm Sandy huddled over a laptop in my friend’s Brooklyn apartment. The window I faced watched out onto the airshaft, as well as we were lucky to be in a part of Brooklyn high sufficient to leave both flooding as well as power interruptions. Neither I, my friend, nor any one of her flatmates owned a television or a radio, so our experience of the tornado was moderated completely with the net. Essentially, I viewed Cyclone Sandy on Twitter. What I saw was a tornado rise so large, it hushed its very own buzz.

The almost 24-hours between the start of the subway-shutdown and also Sandy’s landfall left us with nothing to do but unwind and also enjoy the media flip out. David Carr blogged about the strange mix of repeating and also embellishment this freakout involved:

It can be a foolish phenomenon, while vital at the same time, which makes it difficult to avert, especially when you are finished with whatever prep work you can do for a tornado and are locked down inside your house. Once that’s done, you can read the parade of both earnest updates and also tornado snark on Twitter, play board games, or activate your television. And also the storm will find you on nearly every click of the dial.

The protection itself appeared irrepressible, monstrous, superb, also. It would locate you. As well as the net had a great deal of enjoyable with it. @ElBloombito had adequate possibility to mock Bloomberg’s press-conference Spanish, @realsandycane destroyed the East Shore with caps secure, as well as @RomneyStormTips gave unaware safety and security suggestions from the 1%.

@RomneyStormTips earned the reality that the web’s reaction to Sandy insurance coverage was a great deal like its feedback to political election protection: to simulated it with memes. As Nathan Jurgenson wrote in The New Inquiry, “The Meme Election allows for cleansing launch in response to a political system that has actually made us really feel as if we don’t matter.” Storm insurance coverage was just as laughably performative as the election (all those press reporters in windbreakers before angry waves) and also it additionally made us really feel at the mercy of pressures beyond our control. All we might do was tweet back at it in caps lock or negative Spanglish.

This really felt acquainted. I would certainly spent Typhoon Irene (which came to be hurricane Irene) also relaxing a table with close friends freshening Twitter. Irene brought us storm guys, hurricane playlists, as well as jokes concerning the lost top priorities of New Yorkers. But while it did significant damages upstate, Irene left New York City and also its hordes of blog writers reasonably unscathed. Even tweets from reporters at the height of the tornado remained to laugh.

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