I picked up ‘Lenin and the Cultural Revolution’ in the library last week and it prompted me about something Lenin wrote in 1918.
Socialism without postal and telegraph services, without machines is the emptiest of phrases.
Lenin was conscious of the need to grab hold of technology for the socialist cause, and we have it on record, what a nerd.
I still don’t have a phone, and it’s curious to notice the effect that has had on my public identity. I’ve changed my address, I no longer live in student halls, I’ve lost my old phone number (?), and I spent half a year far away on the other side of the world. Even if I haven’t actually disappeared, I feel a lot less visible than before.
Meanwhile this blog is public, anyone who wants to track me down can always read these posts, and I have a public identica account. My email address hasn’t changed. Send me mail!