Thursday, December 11, 2008
An Ongoing Media Virus by Bobby Campbell
Soundtrack: The Complicated History of the Concept of the Soul
by The Mr. T Experience
"ALL YE SUCKERS WHO ARE GONNA GET TRIMMED, STEP THIS WAY FOR THE BIG SWINDLE!"
- Groucho Marx as Mr. Hammer in "The Cocoanuts"
Over these last few years the 2012 media virus has proven to be very formidable indeed, the millenarist plot has taken on a great many twists and turns, for the most part abandoned and dismissed by it's early adopters, it has evolved into a kind of fundamentalist, new age, lowest common denominator, main-stream of complete and utter bullshit! Not to say that it wasn't always bullshit, but now it's bullshit that's rapidly becoming a household name!
A media virus consists of a protective & sticky outer shell, which contains within it a memetic code. The adhesive shell becomes attached to a host medium and thence it's memetic programming gets injected therein.
"The virus code mixes and competes for control with the cell's own genes, and, if victorious, it permanently alters the way the cell functions and reproduces. A particularly virulent strain will transform the host cell into a factory that replicates the virus."
Douglas Rushkoff, Media Virus
The outer shell of a media virus is the "surface issue" or "face value" of the news event, idea, or whatever form the Trojan horse happens to take. The programming within the shell is the implication of the resultant dialectic, the worms in the can, to mix a metaphor!
It seems apparent that "The Eschaton" makes for an exceptionally sticky outer shell, but what manner of programming dwells within?
Who's kidding who here!?
As some of ye brave and bold readers may yet recall;
Joseph Campbell and/or Henry Morton Robinson
report of Finnegans Wake Book III,
Chapter 4: HCE & ALP- Their Bed of Trial. (Starting on pg 555)
The characters have woken from the dream &
“It is the morning after the night of the winter solstice”
I can still find no indication of this in the text myself, but it provides an impetus to imaginate...
More interesting though is this excerpt from the audio book version of Terence Mckenna's "True Hallucinations", which ellucidates the McKenna Brothers' experiences in the Amazon Jungle at La Chorrera, the inspiration for novelty theory, timewave zero, and by extension much of the 2012 media virus. (the entire audio book is freely available for your listening pleasure, here.)