Author Archive | Bobby Campbell

Eris’ New Dress

Bobby Campbell (CC BY 2.0)

Bobby Campbell (CC BY 2.0)

A wonderfully Discordian media virus recently ran its course through the simultaneous resonance of our social networks, a meme so efficient and contentious that it became ubiquitous almost immediately, and can be invoked simply by saying “The Dress.”

Like the mythic Apple of Discord, thrown by Eris’ to instigate a fight amongst the gods, the ambiguously hued picture sparked immediate conflict amongst its viewers, who vigorously argued about its contents.

A media virus, as defined by Douglas Rushkoff, consists of a protective & sticky outer shell, and a hidden payload of memetic code. (A Trogan Horse for ideas.) The outer shell is the surface issue/face value of a meme, in this case, the question: “What color is this dress?”

The adhesive shell becomes attached to a host medium and thence its memetic programming gets injected therein. This meme was particularly sticky because people could not understand how anyone could possibly disagree with, what was presumed to be, their objective observation.… Read the rest

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Grant Morrison – Perdurabo

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The ruthlessly eloquent condemnation of Grant Morrison, unleashed by Alan Moore earlier this year, still seems to be ringing through the mediasphere. Dangerous Minds sums it all up quite succinctly with “Alan Moore really hates Grant Morrison’s guts.”

One of the more enchanting rhetorical spells Moore casts against his fellow scribe, taken from Pádraig Ó Méalóid’s interview, is when he refers to Morrison’s “herpes-like persistence.” Which he intends as an insult, one would assume, but unfolds as an illuminating insight into what makes Morrison’s work resonate.

Persistence! Through all manner of obstacle and difficulty. It reminds me very much of Aleister Crowley’s magical motto: “Perdurabo” a latin word which is generally translated as “I will endure to the end.”

I for one would like to express my sincere gratitude for Grant Morrison’s herpes-like persistence, long may it endure!

Alan Moore, of course, still totally rules, and I very much look forward to his participation in Daisy Eris Campbell’s dramatic adaptation of Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger.Read the rest

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