It's the first bit of the month. Session time. Our host this month asks us to consider this:
For this month's The Session theme, I'm asking contributors to share their thoughts on these things, the tangential items to our obsession. Do you have any special fetish with bottle caps, know of someone that is doing creative things with packaging, have a beer bottle or coaster collection.
Hmm... quick answer... no. Don't care much about bottle caps or label design. Well, except to the extent that they are a means to inflate the cost of beer. I care about that. Then... we are told that detritus means "miscellaneous remnants: odds and ends" which is more than just the weird shaped bottles in the recycling bin. Isn't this space an odd or an end? And spaces like it? Blogs, comments on blogs, retweets on Twitter, reposted Facebook posts redirecting to a blog post with the link to the event? Instagram? Not to mention the incessant flow of the same one style guide book with just another name on the cover and the photos rearranged. Detritus. All you need to know. A patently simple thing allegedly simplified.
Is that true? Is the next guide floating alienated from a fixed point of understanding no more than a bent bottle cap? Four years ago I asked a few questions about style, pointing out how we've deviated from the actual concept. But it's not about styles so much as the whole thing. Style is just a grammar, even if it is dislocated and arbitrary. To paraphrase ever so slightly such distinctions can never be definitive, since the understandings of terminology varies. You can try to link it to solid ground through history or economics but its all still the same. There must be something in the water that causes it. The need to babble, to write about a city you spent just 37 hours in as if you know the place, to generate what Jackson actually called "variation" - all somehow self-generating... like fan fiction as a response to British TV sci-fi. Somewhere someone has made his own¹ Captain Scarlet marionettes and written his own scripts for his newly assembled alt cast of characters. Oddly and to no real end. Apparently, certain folk discuss the symbolism of futuristic space puppets. Beer's like that. All of it. Odd. To no end. But a bit fun. Nothing wrong with that. Or making your own puppets.
Should you care? No. Just because it's largely made up doesn't mean it's not entertaining. So enjoy your cap collection, your guide to the style guides. Your role as a guide to the styles. Or the history. Gives you something to talk about when your not in a pub chatting over pints with friends or having one watching a ball game.
¹Of course it's a guy...