Meet the Most Dangerous Man in Cyberspace: The American Face of Wikileaks
If you’re not quite sure what to make of all the Wikileaks talk—or don’t have the time to sift through the hundreds of thousands of cables the organization has released recently—you’d do well to start with the Rolling Stone profile of Jacob Appelbaum: “Meet the Most Dangerous Man in Cyberspace: The American Face of Wikileaks.”
As Nathaniel Rich writes: “In a sense, he’s a bizarro version of Mark Zuckerberg: If Facebook’s ambition is to ‘make the world more open and connected,’ Appelbaum has dedicated his life to fighting for anonymity and privacy. An anarchist street kid raised by a heroin- addict father, he dropped out of high school, taught himself the intricacies of code and developed a healthy paranoia along the way. ‘I don’t want to live in a world where everyone is watched all the time,’ he says. ‘I want to be left alone as much as possible. I don’t want a data trail to tell a story that isn’t true.’”
"I would run into the corner store, the bodega, and just grab a paper bag or buy juice — anything just to get a paper bag. And I’d write the words on the paper bag and stuff these ideas in my pocket until I got back. Then I would transfer them into the notebook. As I got further and further away from home and my notebook, I had to memorize these rhymes — longer and longer and longer. … By the time I got to record my first album, I was 26, I didn’t need pen or paper — my memory had been trained just to listen to a song, think of the words, and lay them to tape."
Btw Jay Z was invited in The New York Public Library to discuss with Cornel West about the context in hip hop, his book Decoded. How did visual art and poetry influence his craft? How did he get involved in politics when he never really trusted the system? How did he stay honest to himself in the world of big business and how did he shed stereotypes when he’d been labeled one all his life?
Oberhofer may sound pretty much german to your ears, but 19 year old Brad Oberhofer, frontman of the Brooklyn based indie-rock outfit Oberhofer, is American. And with his only 19 years Brad is doing many things right: Although the music contains hand claps, jangly things, as well as plenty of ooohs and aaahs, he still uses very clever lyrics for his age. A good example are the lines in the song “Away Frm U”:
“You’re pushing me away from you/ And there’s nothing I can do”,he wails, but instead of a second chance, he’s just looking for a chance to get it right. “I know what I’ll do/ I’m gonna fix/ So I can get out of this mess”, he promises, right after turning the tables on whoever’s been telling him to fuck off: “I can’t fight all of your battles for you”.
I have the feeling that this won’t be the last time you heard something about Oberhofer!