About Brutus

Because I don’t crave any particular notoriety for my ideas and think the “look mom, no hands!” approach to functioning in a public forum is rather tasteless and jejune, I’ve decided to remain anonymous. The focus should stay off of me. I’m not trying to become a media personality.

Diatribes and scenarios about how it’s all going to ruin and we all had it better back in those halcyon days tend to be right up my alley. I recognize the fallacy of relying on a golden past that wasn’t, after a bit of inspection, so golden after all. It’s a seductive narrative frame, just as the opening scenes of movies tend to enter the story at a point of calm and composure only to introduce conflict and drama. Still, the cultural critic in me can’t escape the gnawing sense that we’re poised on the brink of a new paradigm, and that the shift from one way of life to another won’t be a pretty sight.

  1. Robert says:

    You misspelled “notoriety”.

    It probably says something about me that the entire framing-and-paradigm bits reads to me as “bzzzzzzzzz”, but “notariety” stands out like a spotlight.

  2. Robert says:

    Also, “halcyon”.

  3. Brutus says:

    Gawd, how embarrassing. Thanks for pointing those out. They’re fixed. Do I get a little credit for using and spelling “jejune” correctly? [Guess not, since I had that one wrong, too. Now it’s fixed.]

  4. […] for the world’s ills.  (All the world’s a stage, right?)  He seems to think that cultural criticism from a little-read blog may have some impact.  How insane!  It’s not like he’s doing […]

  5. rg the lg says:

    On spelling … oh, get a life.

    Erm, sumpin’ like that!

    The idea that a word spelled against the convention indicates a picky mindset … and since I ain’t whut all y’all might call edicadded … all y’all can pick at me instead …

    • Brutus says:

      I want to be expressive and accurate if I can. Spelling definitely counts, but it’s not the most important thing. Luckily, I can always fix the problems.

  6. bmiller says:

    This is a pretty fun exchange over a seven year period.

  7. mike says:

    I would just like to impart a consideration. For all the wit and wisdom effused hereabouts I am taken aback by the apparent lack of appreciation and understanding of the illusory nature of the concepts of truth, righteousness, knowledge, facts, and reality.

    It matters not what is
    For what is cannot be discerned.
    It matters only what we believe
    For what we believe is what we have learned.


  8. Hodgepodge 4 the Soul™ says:

    The name of your blog is the title of one of my favorite movies. :)

  9. Daniel Leary says:

    Good work. Tend to agree. The imminent “rot”of systems through apathy, mercenary gain, or not well hidden corruption is rampant. From my point of view, consolidation by mega merger is the last symptom. It has become an adaptive tactic by corporations as it seems to afford a enviable status of beyond reach of legal systems. I will follow your work.

  10. jaredb1234 says:

    Sounds like that you do not want to become famous on the internet or and media. That’s good, if you do not want people breathing on your neck/ private life is the best. You are not the only one that makes mistakes on your blog. I get spelling and grammar mistakes all the time. Even with auto-correct, which sometimes gets annoying when you are positive about the spelling, especially with names.

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