I’m Zach Barocas. I’m a drummer (I play Dream Cymbals and Ludwig Drums), sometime poet (though not lately), a publisher, a somewhat cranky cinephile, an amateur photographer, and a stationery shop owner.
I live with my wife in Brooklyn, NY.
I’m on Twitter, and Instagram, even though I’m a believer in not giving everything we do to corporate interests, data mining, and advertising. Although I understand it’s hard to talk about those things without sounding hostile, I think we need to talk about them anyway, as sensitively and effectively as possible.
I have no doubt that the current climate of mob-mentality, prejudice, greed, envy, and impatience owes itself as much to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as it does to the aspects of our nature that are exploited by their engineering. Every dopamine pop I receive from any of these platforms is followed by a kind of revulsion. I know I am not alone in this. It’s worth remembering, however, that the the good old days of 15 and 20 and 25 years ago were not so good for everyone.
Feel free to drop me a line if you want to. Especially if you want to talk about Save the Tiger (a film that perhaps uniquely but definitely and oddly foresaw the obsolescence of what we colloquially refer to as the patriarchy), books, photography, poetry, music, fairness, justice, or peace.