In a recent newspaper article, Ben Macintyre, regular columnist for The (London) Times, deplores the threat to narrative posed by the internet, in particular by social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook. The article opens with a tautologous list of the ‘jargon of the digital age’: ‘click, tweet, e-mail, twitter, skim, browse, scan, blog, text.’ It is a list that, Macintyre writes, ‘reflect[s] the way that the very act of reading, and the nature of literacy itself, is changing.’ If it is reflective, it is a list like a curved carnival mirror that distorts the true image. To click might be seen as an analogue to turning a page; ‘tweet’ and ‘twitter’ are, for argument’s sake, the same thing; skim, browse, scan – who hasn’t done at least one of these while leafing through a book (not to mention the synonymity of ‘skim’ and ‘browse’); and there is no reason why an e-mail or a blog can’t themselves be a medium for narrative.
Paragons of post-rock, Sigur Ros, feature in their film, Heima, playing in its entirety over at Pitchfork. But hurry, you’ve only the remainder of this week to watch what is an amazing document of their tour of Iceland. I have personally seen this film (I own it) and I can assure you that the quality, both sonically and visually, is as pure and pellucid as the images of icy water and open sky that it contains.