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“My Ass” - by Mark Allen


“My Ass”
- written and performed by Mark Allen (2012)
- drums by Jim Krewson
- photo by Mark Allen

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Here’s me performing “My Ass” live in NYC in 2013.

Here’s a high quality audio WAV version.

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YouTube version here:

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Who Was the First To Write the “Turn-off-the-internet-and-go-outside” Cliche?

In 2014 people are still writing the “Hey folks, ever think of turning off the internet and going outside and talking to people?” cliche. I assume that they assume, for most readers, it sums up an article as an enlightened, feel-good insight. I’m not knocking it. But is there any real truth left in this tired cliche? It’s been so over-repeated it’s become numbing mumbo-jumbo. I wonder: who the 1st person to EVER end an article about the internet with that conclusion? Some late-90’s pre-blog era blogger? Bet not. Did the ARPAnet people in the 60s, or MIT folks in the 80’s (or wherever the www was invented), ever state that feel-good maxim? Doubt it. How would one go to task of tracking down and locating such a “first?” I’ll bet it was stated first in print by some old lady with a column in some small town newspaper that few people ever read or saw. But that quiet old lady was the first person to think it and write it in public. Mid-90’s, probably. Her brazen prophecy: now dust. Whoever it is they should have a bronze sculpture of themselves erected in a public place of relevance. The most profound cliche about the internet wasn’t first written on the internet. It probably survives on microfiche.

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