Human Demonology: Occupy Daath, or The Missing Protagonist

From P. Emerson at Modern Mythology:

…the Cop Show has only three characters–victim, criminal, and police person–but the first two fail to be fully human–only the pig is real. Oddly enough, human society in the eighties (as seen in the other media) sometimes appeared to consist of the same three cliche/archetypes. First the victims, the whining minorities bitching about “rights”–and who pray tell did not belong to a “minority” in the eighties? Shit, even cops complained about their “rights” being abused. Then the criminals: largely non-white (despite the obligatory & hallucinatory “integration” of the media), largely poor (or else obscenely rich, hence even more alien), largely perverse (i.e. the forbidden mirrors of “our” desires). - Hakim Bey – Boycott Cop Culture

Welcome to the apocalypse

Welcome to the apocalypse

Could we draw similar implications from the view of the US/Corporate empire being seen as the world’s police force? We all know the villain of this piece. According to the New Yorker’s Steve Coll, Al Qaeda barely exists as an organization, but lives on in name across the third world, especially where natural resources are to be found.

What’s in a name? Of the several wars that Obama inherited, the war against Al Qaeda is the only one that he has not promised to end. The conflict presents a problem of definition: as long as there are bands of violent Islamic radicals anywhere in the world who find it attractive to call themselves Al Qaeda, a formal state of war may exist between Al Qaeda and America. The Hundred Years War could seem a brief skirmish in comparison. - Steve Coll – New Yorker

It’s a battle of the brands! We know all about that in this country. Coke vs. Pepsi, McDonald’s vs’ Burger King. Yes, it tends to be variations on Industrial Waste vs. Toxic Sludge. Food, culture products, politics, jobs, whether those without jobs should be starved or jailed. All the world a mine field and those who protect and serve as the thin blue lines around the mine-free zones in which the alien privileged live. As long as the narrative that props up the current state of never-ending, globe-spanning war retains its power to hold its audience. There will never be a chance of anything but expansion into new territories and applications, including domestic surveillance innovations. Perhaps the American Empire brings the Cop Culture set of characters to world politics.

If we accept this and that this analogy can be drawn, in this scenario, not only are the vast majority of humans relegated to being voiceless extras in their own world, but brands take a more active role in the narrative net laid over the chaos. Corporations are legally people, entities with a being. In a singularity of marketing saturation, brands achieve the appearance of sentience and the cop/military/security corporation mediates and intervenes in attempts at breaking its spell. The major characters are the landmarks and monuments towering above the landscape, and humanity is the featureless ground to be traversed in between the notable features.

The occupy movement set forth one group as villainous and everyone else, is the all too oft-mentioned 99%. The Ninety-Nine Percent, that means me, you and the people slogging through the raw data spewed forth from Echelon or whatever big brother system is in use right now. This places the great mass of humanity in the role of the extras running from the footfalls of Godzilla, the faceless crowds running and trampling each other as the cops run in. In this role, the world is out of our hands, life is done to us. We are the humanoid shadows in the background. Not the most empowering of roles…

Seing through the eyes of myth can bring focus and it can make the false seem real. It can help is read between the lies to see the truth and it can make it easier to deceive us. It can inform effective action and it can make an already crushing sense of despair unendurable. Knowing from whence they come and where a set of myth and belief logically lead in action can help avoid terrible associations and consequences. It can inspire positive action and it can annihilate the momentum of the best of efforts.

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  • echar

    Our living nightmares fuel the actions and motives of the systems Nyarlathotep?

    • InfvoCuernos

      Heed the Messenger’s Call.

  • BuzzCoastin

    You mean to tell me that they’ve been using to the media & TV to control the sheeple?
    OMG!
    You mean the whole War-Cop-Gun Pig love thing is due to TV?
    I neva woulda thunk it.
    And if your still watching that propaganda on a regular basis
    neither did you.

  • BuzzCoastin

    You mean to tell me that they’ve been using to the media & TV to control the sheeple?
    OMG!
    You mean the whole War-Cop-Gun Pig love thing is due to TV?
    I neva woulda thunk it.
    And if your still watching that propaganda on a regular basis
    neither did you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/agent139 Jamie Lee

      I am fairly sure Peter doesn’t have a TV, FWIW.

    • http://www.facebook.com/agent139 Jamie Lee

      I am fairly sure Peter doesn’t have a TV, FWIW.

      • BuzzCoastin

        That thought wasn’t aimed at him specifically, FWIW.
        and yet
        despite all McLuhan’s noise about the media being the massage 40+ years ago
        people still act as if this insidious technology and its effects
        are somehow new phenomenon that we need to be prepared for
        and not something that has been going on for over 5000 years now

      • BuzzCoastin

        That thought wasn’t aimed at him specifically, FWIW.
        and yet
        despite all McLuhan’s noise about the media being the massage 40+ years ago
        people still act as if this insidious technology and its effects
        are somehow new phenomenon that we need to be prepared for
        and not something that has been going on for over 5000 years now

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678732403 P. Emerson Williams

          Well, I may have taken on more than my writing could handle, but lemme see if I can boil this down.

          The reference to television programs was just an analogy of how we construct mythologies of self, community, nation and world. My intention was to use a set of tropes and characters with which a large number would be familiar, not to point out an assembly line entertainment product as a tool to shape minds. The way we shape the chaos of impressions, interactions and information is in part through mythological consctructs, handed down and self-created. Sometimes we are aware we are doing this and sometimes not. How we shape this input affects how we think of any given issue, which in turn shapes our actions.

          It’s easy to see this coming at us from the media, since it tends to take the form of stories but less easy for each of us to see how we do this to ourselves. If the story we create is restrictive the number of options we see for ourselves will be narrower. Whether we place ourselves as passive or active will make a big difference in whether we feel we can participate in the world or merely brace ourselves for anything “they” may choose to inflict on us.

          I would not argue that any medium has the capacity to remake the world in its mold. This has been a poisonous idea from the time of penny dreadfuls, to the heavy metal censorship lust of the 1980′s. The latter may be part of the climate that fuelled the Satanic Ritual Abuse scare and the railroading of the West Memphis Three. From the banning of “degenerate” art to blaming games for causing violence, what this betrays is a mechanistic view of humans.

          • emperorreagan

            I would think the awareness of the individual matters the most, but the nature of a medium may encourage a particular orientation. Television, for instance, may by its nature encourage people to place themselves in a passive role and one may only be dimly aware of what constructs are being passed along (e.g. the attitudes toward torture in 24).

          • Calypso_1

            Or in the cop-criminal-victim dynamic the gross overestimation of actual rates of crime among those that have a preference for these type shows.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678732403 P. Emerson Williams

            Yes, that is an excellent example.

          • Calypso_1

            Ever been at a jury selection where the potentials are asked about what Crime dramas they watch? The big boys understand well the nuances of morality tale programing.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678732403 P. Emerson Williams

            I was on a jury once, for which I showed up wearing a studded, painted leather jacket and black nail polish and they still chose me. They never asked me anything. It’s no surprise they would ask this, though.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678732403 P. Emerson Williams

            “…the awareness of the individual matters the most…”

            Yes, that’s a great point. We all need to examine our own assumptions and choices. If all news suddenly reflected truth to the extent it can be confirmed, we should still do this. Television, film, literature, art – they can all show us profound truth, but it’s down to to the individual.

          • BuzzCoastin

            I don’t know if I disagree with you, because I can’t figure out exactly what you’re trying to say; except, you don’t have a TV; got that.
            Perhaps this is your point:
            Perhaps the American Empire brings the Cop Culture set of characters to world politics.

            From which I extrapolate that my ideas and attitudes
            might be corrupted by kultural paradigms?
            Which is only news to those who still in the grip of their kultural programing
            and therefore unable to hear it.

          • BuzzCoastin

            I don’t know if I disagree with you, because I can’t figure out exactly what you’re trying to say; except, you don’t have a TV; got that.
            Perhaps this is your point:
            Perhaps the American Empire brings the Cop Culture set of characters to world politics.

            From which I extrapolate that my ideas and attitudes
            might be corrupted by kultural paradigms?
            Which is only news to those who still in the grip of their kultural programing
            and therefore unable to hear it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678732403 P. Emerson Williams

            What I’m trying to say is this – it all comes down to myth-making. The myths we create from history, politics and even in our interpersonal relationships properly understood can help us boil down complex issues to their elements or, as is more common, it can act as a set of blinders, blocking out all but a restricted range of vision. The extent to which any person, medium, religion can do to influence us is in proportion to the extent to which we by into the mythological construct they have built in their image.

            The cop show example was just used as an easy limited set of
            characters, as an analogy of how we can sometimes be guilty of placing ourselves and others into narrow sets of characters. This limits our ability to see the value of others and ourselves.

            What is posted here is not the full piece. Maybe the full piece posted over on Modern Mythology might be a little clearer.

            http://www.modernmythology.net/2013/03/human-demonology-occupy-daath-or.html

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678732403 P. Emerson Williams

          And James is right. I don’t have a TV…

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678732403 P. Emerson Williams

          And James is right. I don’t have a TV…

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