The Null Device


Before blogs and the web, the hip young mutants were publishing zines; the late 80s and early 90s were an explosion of zine culture, with the likes of bOING bOING (it wasn't always a blog), Ben Is Dead and Pagan's Head arising out of Generation X slacker/hipster ennui and spreading their memes widely. It was a subculture in which ideas, rather than clothes, social hierarchy or animal magnetism, were the arbiters of cool. Now there's a book on zines, which has articles and interviews with the leading lights of the zine wave. (via bOING bOING (the blog))

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A list of 100 albums you should get rid of; not counting obvious easy targets (except perhaps for the one Celine Dion release that somehow ended up there; why anybody with taste would own a Celine Dion CD in the first place is beyond me), but mostly a list of outdated and overrated works, some undoubtedly overlapping with glossy magazines' "most essential CDs" lists. Oddly enough, I've only got two or three of the titles here.

(For some reason, Mozilla doesn't show the entire lists, mistaking parts for HTML comments. If the list looks somewhat incomplete, try viewing the source.)

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