Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Bernie Rhodes knows...don't argue

Had an interesting email exchange with legendary punk agitator, ex-Clash and Special AKA manager Bernard Rhodes the other day.

I'd contacted Bernard with some questions after checking out his website, where BR rails against all and sundry and laments at the shallow and vacuous nature of contemporary popular culture.

I politely suggested to BR that he might like to consider opening up the site into a more bloggy format to allow readers to comment and perhaps link up with like-minded readers - thus enabling a conversation and a community to see each other, around the content.

I also encouraged BR to think about new-ish things like Twitter (when you check out his stuff i'm sure you'll agree he has enough short soundbites to fit the format).

Well, BR responded indirectly via his contact page by explaining he has no plans to be getting involved in social media as it is the domain of 'ranters, bullshitters and timewasters'. 

That's his take. Obviously it's early days in this space so we'll see where it lands.

I still think BR has some pretty interesting views which would get some debate going for sure but it appears he's not ready just yet.

Thats a shame I think, if this forum had been around for some of BR's influences such as Guy Debord.

I think there would have been some interesting ideas reaching out further than they did in their time.

I wonder what Malcolm is up to...