"Bunch of little data collecting balls"

Louis CK answering questions on Reddit regarding his new live show:

Professionally, I’m learning right this minute, a HUGE amount with this web experiment. this live at the beacon thing (available at http://www.louisck.com for 5 bucks) is like that thing in the movie “Twisiter” [sic] where they send a bunch of little data collecting balls up into a tornado and just download the lovely results. The whole things has been like that. From the moment it went online and i saw the result of every decision i made. the last question the web guys asked me before we posted was if I wanted the mail list button defaulted to “opt in” or “opt out” and i said start it at opt out. It’s such a tiny thing but I keep hearing about it from people. So so interesting to watch this grow.

Remember those data collecting balls that Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton were trying to release into the funnel cloud in Twister? I love the idea of them as applied to the Internet. Every new project, website or app becomes another experiment that clarifies exactly what the hell the Internet is doing to everything it touches.

Lots of people say lots of things about this disruption, but it’s rare that we actually get one of the experiments in front of a giant f5 twister, so to speak. We don’t often get to see the data from those little sensors.

Louis' project along with others from bands like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails are the leading edge of true disintermediation. Sorry to use a douche word, but it’s true. We are watching the future of media, culture and economics happen right in front of our eyes and we’ve got damn good seats.