Well, here’s where we’re at Disinfonauts. Through an incredibly bizarre set of circumstances (the totality of which I don’t remotely comprehend myself) I’m going to be editing the site here moving forward. Now, this is an undertaking I never honestly wanted to take on…at all. The opportunity just sort of presented itself a few weeks ago and I must confess I was on the fence about whether or not it was something I wanted to dive into. The truth is, I’ve always seen myself as more of a writer, artist, musician, etc. Content aggregator wasn’t something I’d been aspiring to in life.
Oh wait, what’s the pretentious way of labeling what I’m going to be doing here? Omni-dimensional content curator. Yeah, that’s it. Just saying the word content or curator makes me want to puke in my mouth a little bit, but that’s what’s been missing from the site for the last year and a half. Someone capable steering the ship consistently. Just in the time I’ve been posting stuff here (lord, 4 plus years at this point), I’ve had the luxury of having wonderful people like Matt Staggs and Marcie Gainer at the helm. The fact is, Disinfo has been one of my favorite sites on the internet for the last damn near 20 years. God, it’s gotta be one of the longest running counter cultural anything anywhere at this point, and while it’s days of profitability might be a tad behind it, I suppose I just couldn’t let it die, and those were my options. Do something or watch it die.
I’m not even getting paid to try and revive this piece of weird culture history, just doing so because, well, why the fuck not? I have no idea if I can pull it out of this current ratings hole, but if not, I can hopefully write a better ending to this near 21 year old tale than: Disinfo’s owner retires and Disinfo.com dies a slow painful death do to negligence. The site shouldn’t go out like that and I’ve already been surprised at how many longtime Disinfonauts have reached out to me with stories of their profound decades long fandom. I used to buy nearly all the books and DVD’s back in the day, even have a few t-shirts.
Ultimately though, I am a man who looks to synchronicity for guidance and as I was contemplating taking over the site, I stumbled upon this interview with Grant Morrison on Boing Boing. People are still talking about Disinfo.Con…to this day. Seriously. But I wouldn’t bring it up if there wasn’t a sufficiently far out reason for doing so. Our lives are all about narrative, increasingly so with recent advances in information technology and their subsequent influence on consciousness. Which is what gets lost in all the mechanistic scientism fed to us from our academic, media, and religious institutions. We’re living stories and the further in you go, the more complexly demented the narrative becomes.
Here’s a fun tale, back in the year 2000, Grant Morrison gave his now legendary speech about contacting extra dimensional forms of intelligence through sigil projection at Disinfo.Con. 17 years later, those very forces have officially taken over the site. Let’s run with that hook. Disinfo.com is now under extra-dimensional control. I guess if I had a vision for what I wanted to do here, I’d reference the classic Bill Hicks routine:
“Wouldn’t you like to see a positive LSD story on the news? To base your decision on information rather than scare tactics and superstition? Perhaps? Wouldn’t that be interesting? Just for once?
“Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration – that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There’s no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we’re the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the weather.”
Since those are the types of stories that typically get edited out of the news, those are the exact stories I want to edit back in. Bear with me. As mentioned, I wasn’t planning on any of this, so I’m going to just keep chipping away at it. I really want to overhaul the look of the site because right now it just doesn’t fit my aesthetic..at all. It’ll take a sec. Going to try and rope in a bunch of old and new contributors as well to hopefully get a good mix of aggregated weirdness and original writing moving forward. I absolutely love trippy underground comics and music as well, so we’ll see what I can find on that front. There’s nowhere to go but up here people. As Matt Staggs used to say: “You are the Illuminati you’ve been waiting for”. Or as I might put it: “Be the strange you want to see in the world”. Disinfo.com: Your home for the Second Psychedelic Revolution. Stay tuned in and turned on Disinfonauts. Then drop back in, because shit’s gonna get surreal.