culture


Abomination

Following on from an earlier item lamenting the past, and the assertion that by 1977, punk was already something that, for the main part, had run its course, most of its raw creative energy spent.

I drew the comparison to Dada, as have numerous other commentators, and I think it is a valid one – the heady, defining days of the movement were an expression of absolute rejection of existing norms and contempt for the meaninglessness of consumer culture, undermining it by, literally, fucking the system off and doing everything yourself with its discarded scraps. From a creative perspective it was utopian, but as a business model it was worthless. (more…)

It's dead stupid. Get over it.

Punk shits me. Especially the dogmatic little dweebs that insist it’s a British creation. Super-especially the talking rectums with monkey-see-monkey-do eyebrow piercings (which I always have to fight temptation to grab and twist) and Green Day t-shirts today that insist in proclaiming it’s “not dead!”

Even if you do place some tiny bit of credence in the British perspective on this matter, it was dead by 1977, everything since is just marketing. *FLOOMPH* – like a firework factory fire, it burned very brightly and very, very briefly. And was a wonderful thing, while it lasted.

In actuality it was a much broader cultural explosion fueled by the general social despairs of the times – in Britain particularly, as the entire country was falling to pieces whilst the proletariat was being distracted by the bread and circuses of the Royal Silver Jubilee, a crisis which eventually resulted in Thatcherism as radical remedy, compounding everyone’s despair. There were a LOT of pissed off people. This was also the birth place of the industrial scene, best exemplified by Throbbing Gristle. (more…)

How did this ever fly under my radar? This is too wonderful for words. The original version of Highway to Hell before those assholes from AC/DC ruined it. fnord

[Tiny Tim from his mythical Rock album] (more…)

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deviantart.com

My first alarm bells about what I term new, new atheism began going off several years ago when the phenomenon of atheist social sites began surging in popularity.

Belief may be the death of intellect for the armchair philosopher, but for the realist, it is popularity, and populism, that does the real damage. And having experienced the heartbreak of watching some of these sites from point of inception, where they were amazing hotbeds of dissident discourse amongst some of the brightest on the ‘net, slowly degrade, as the masses arrived, into a toxic miasma of faux moralism, ideological axe grinding, Gollum inspired “don’t be a dick” censorship and witch hunting, it is difficult to not succumb to despair.

Figureheads which should have acted with integrity and shown clear leadership to maintain intellectual and ethical standards instead succumbed to the lure of chasing ratings and audience numbers at any cost. So hope got drowned in a bucket and what we ended up with instead was a bunch of godless Oprah Winfrey shows. (more…)

Crick to enrarge - you know you have to

Engrish, at least for now, is still a safe haven for good old fashioned, racially insensitive humour. Vive la Résistance! 

Not that there is a complete absence of Watsonesque guilt peddlers out there lecturing to us about how racist “Engrish” is, but for the moment they are an indiscernable minority.

Currently, there is a new viral Engrish picture doing the rounds being spammed to hell and back  – 110,000+ hits in google images and counting1. And as per usual, none of them seem to have any interest in researching its origins.

The Engrish is a photo of a display sign at some kind of Asian trade exhibition for Aier Disinfector, apparently some kind of Swiss army knife feminine hygiene gel – it’s antibacterial, contraceptive, lubricating, aphrodesiac and, so it claims, can even make you feel like a virgin again to boot. If I was a Melinda Gates, I’d buy the company. Largest scale image I could find is appended below. (more…)

Wiktionary defines gentrification as –

The process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces earlier usually poorer residents.

In reality, there is little renewal of any kind, other than in terms of real estate value. Quite the reverse actually, as anyone who has lived in the bowels of any large older city and experienced gentrification first hand can attest, the process can more appropriately be described as that of culturecide:  a complete uprooting and annihilation of an existing social ecosystem by mindless external force – more akin to Mongols sacking Baghdad than any fantasy of civilisation being brought to the unwashed. (more…)

This is precious synchronicity that must be preserved.

Only today, the latest astroturfing gang, by the very impressive sounding name of Australian Content Industry Group, has sprung on us its latest deranged, hyperbolic, catastrophist spin about piracy. Oddly enough, google knows nothing about this group, nor its stated acronym. Surely, something that impressively sounding and so obviously important cannot be overlooked by Google, but Bing doesn’t know about them either. They can’t just not exist. Unless they were just made up on the spot. But surely not. The big media cartels would never stoop to such indignities surely? The derangement is spattered all over the local press –

Nation of unrepentant pirates costs $900m* (more…)

(or, the “don’t be a dick” redux)

(or, losing faith in atheism)

Accusations of ad hominem get used way too much nowadays, usually by folks that have no idea what it actually means and use accusations of ad hominem attack as an all purpose get-out-of-jail-free card when somebody makes them look (and feel) stupid; or when concocting spurious complaints of abuse and harassment in order to silence dissenting opinion that’s torn them a new one in online forums (by addressing their argument and NOT their person, a critical subtlety beyond their grasp). As of late, it has become a nauseatingly prevalent practice on atheist forums in particular (like the ones that may have just spammed you to get your vote here). (more…)

Heinlein, 1976“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

— all round champion bloke  Robert A. Heinlein

It is belittling to call Heinlein a science fiction writer. He is more appropriately a revolutionary philosopher, freethinker / libertarian1, futurist and owner of one of the 20th century’s finest minds. So it’s only to be expected that he has been variously labeled fascist, chauvinist, communist, racist, mysogynist, right wing, belligerent, authoritarian, anarchist, elitist, militarist, jingoist etc. from the very first instant he began making a name for himself. Nobody likes a tall poppy. (more…)

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