Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

24 May 2001, 5:36 a.m.

A short heartache

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I have very little right to accuse anyone of "selling out." But a throwaway parody bit on the topic still touches me.

I'm not a baby boomer. I'm in college right now. And as such, I really have no standing to speak of to accuse anyone or any group of 'selling out.' In that context, I still feel a disheartening pulse go through me when I listen to the Capitol Steps' Bob Dylan parody, "Like A Suburban Drone" (also available at in RealAudio and Sun/AU). People in this live version are laughing. Some have been drinking. When I first heard it, I wanted to laugh. Now I don't.

Maybe I need to get out of Berkeley.

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