Technology has solved old economic problems by giving us new psychological problems.
The Internet has not just open-sourced information; it has also open-sourced insecurity, self-doubt, and shame.
Found this in my 2008 SVA lookbook/promo thing…
but I gotta let it go
we’ve known everything & forgotten
love & miss you amanda, neil, & baby. beautiful, brilliant unstoppable family. love.
& the text:
who are you, i asked
umm, just some bloke you met, he said
no who are you really, you’re not just some block, you’re special
no there’s million like me, he said, millions
and i said, well, where are they?
and he said
and i said: no really, you’ve been all over the world, if there’s millions like you, where are they?
and he said: behind the trees
i said, which trees?
all the trees.
i said, no i don’t think so, neil, i think you’re unique-
-no they’re all behind the trees, they’re all waiting to come out
and i said: when are they gonna come out?
when they’ve decided its okay.
and i said: well if they’re all like you, and they’re all behind trees, but you’ve come out of the tree and you’re in the middle, what are they doing back there…because then they’re not actually like you…
i’m the first, he said.
okay…so you’re like a pioneer?
yes, he said, and…any day now they’re gonna come out. i think they’re a bit scared. they’re like…the read-headed lady…we’re not quite sure about her.
and i said: it sounds a lot like you.
well of course it does, they’re me.
yeah but you came out. they’re behind the trees. you’re not behind the tree. you’re out from behind the tree. i don’t get it…..*sigh*….i don’t think anything’s behind the trees.
animation by: Avi Ofer http://www.aviofer.com/
assistant animators: Santi Amézqueta Porteros & Héctor Zafra Matos
music written & recorded by Amanda Palmer
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thanks to maria popova for the connection to Logan Smalley and Gerta Xhelo at TED.com for leading me to avi!
and special thanks to Neil Gaiman for hearing this voice memo, laughing his head off, and
supporting the idea. may he come out from behind the trees someday, or at least have a fun party
convention with all the other Ones of Him