November 20, 2007
Spurred on by this bit from Kanye West:
On a more sober and reflective afternoon a few days later, sitting in his sparse, modernist New York apartment, West sees little reason to soften or withdraw this claim. That’s the thing about being drunk, he says. You say what you really believe to be true. “People got to look at the concerts, look at the sales, look at the impact, look at the songs, look at the connection with pop culture,” he continues. “I mean, it’s obvious. It’s almost I don’t even need to state it. It’s so true it’s obvious. It’s not even arguable.”
Thesis: We are living in the Age of Audacity. Who are the icons of the era? Steve Jobs. George W. Bush. Kanye West. Google. Hedge funds. Craig Venter. China. All pursuing unapologetically over-the-top ambitions — and sort of, er, succeeding. (I realize the Bush claim is an odd one, and I don’t have time to go into it, but you understand I’m not saying the Bush administration is a success by any measure; I’m just saying they actually did accomplish many of their insane goals.)
Idea in motion. The obvious rejoinder is “yo dude, how ‘bout all of human history is the age of audacity?” Think about it… I’ll be back in the morning.