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Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will
Only Make Matters Worse)

 

“When information rubs against information...
the results are startling and effective.
The perrenial quest for involvement,
fill‐in, takes many forms.”
The Medium Is the Massage

From
The Aspen
International
Design Conference
1966

John Cage
Diary:
How to Improve
the World (You
Will Only Make
Matters Worse)

I. Continue; I'll discover where you
sweat (Kierkegaard). We are getting
rid of ownership, substituting use.
Beginning with ideas. Which ones can we
take? Which ones can we give?
Disappearance of power politics. Nonmeasurement. Japanese, he said: We
also hear with our feet I'd quoted
Busoni: Standing between musician and
music is notation. Before I'd given the
history: chance operations, indeterminacy.
I'd cited the musics of India: notation
of them's after the fact. I'd spoken of
direct musical action (since it's