3/31/10

Happy 50th. Happy 50th. Happy 50th.


All hail Xerox! Hundreds of underground cultures and subcultures, captured on paper, promoted with fliers, examined and captured in zines and self-bound booklets, archived and spread and multiplied. Black and white artwork, smeared and shadowed and stolen from office jobs page by sneaking page.

A blog? A blog is nothing, it's 1s and 0s. Technology fades, and these words will blink into nothing someday. But all that copied paper, scattered like leaves like manifestos dropped behind enemy lines - it won't all rot. It will remain, to carry our stories forward, hidden in basements and behind walls and under floorboards.

Happy birthday, photocopier! Long may you print!

6 comments:

Ms. Moon said...

Is it true that the Xerox machine was not allowed in Russia during the Communist years? I heard it was.
Makes a lot of sense.

downtown guy said...

That's what I hear.

Petit fleur said...

You are so thoughtful to remember the anniversary of the copier...

Funny bunny!

downtown guy said...

It's had a major impact in my life!

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Love this post. Happy 50th indeed.

You are a delight. It may be corny, but it's true.

Love you mucho.

downtown guy said...

Aw, thanks!