Apocalypse Fanboy

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the end of Dennis Nedry

Um, I’ll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you’re using here, it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now [bangs on the table] you’re selling it, you wanna sell it.
–Dr. Ian Malcolm, “Jurassic Park”

It’s too easy for me to interpret Jurassic Park simply as an allegory about “science-gone-mad.” I really see it more of a statement on the new era of entertainment that was dawning in the 1990s, and that would mutate and take over movies, TV, video games, and comics.

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The Curse Of DC Comics

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I never wanted you to come back to Gotham. I always knew there was nothing here for you, except pain and tragedy. And I wanted something more for you than that. I still do.
–Alfred Pennyworth, “The Dark Knight Rises”

On this blog I once asked the question, “Is There A Superman Curse?” I presented the circumstantial evidence—the centerpiece of which was similar-sounding George Reeves and Christopher Reeve, famous for playing the character, both died relatively young. (Between the revelations concerning Kevin Spacey, who played Lex Luthor in Superman Returns, and the apparent “Smallville Girls Sex Slave Cult,” I may have to revise that particular post in the near future.)

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Max Landis And Post-Conspiracy Culture

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I have a friend. Or I guess I should say, I had a friend.
–Max Landis, “A Scar No One Else Can See”

Let me preface this post by saying I like Chronicle and American Ultra screenwriter Max Landis. I do. He’s a talented guy. And with a bit of editing polish, his recent sort of “off the cuff” exegesis on the songs of Carly Rae Jepsen, A Scar No One Else Will See, can make a really cool slim bestselling zeitgeisty volume.

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World Clown Association Issues Statement On “IT”

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Won’t anybody think of the clowns?

Professional clowns have allegedly reported a drop in gigs as a result of the upcoming movie IT, as well as the clown-heavy American Horror Story: Cult—and so the World Clown Association has just issued their “stand” regarding “scary clowns.”

The statement reads, in part:

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Not-So-Popular Science

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This post is in part inspired by a recent thread on the subreddit r/iamverysmart, in which celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is taken to task for seemingly being smug about the recent eclipse. But it also touches on concerns I have in general about science and technology topics being handled in a very “smarter than thou” way by “spokespeople” in the mainstream media.

Basically, I get the general impression that Tyson and his fellow “celebrity scientist” Bill Nye are not very well liked amongst many of the same people who would frequent Reddit in the first place. Now, one could say: well, fuck Reddit and everyone on it…but the growing disconnect between these “science celebrities” and these internet users (many of them younger and of an age where being inspired by science/tech/space exploration could change their lives) is something to note.

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Has “The Year Of The Mask” Ever Really Ended?

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And so this heavily-armed guy claiming to be the comic book character The Punisher strolled into Phoenix Comicon last Thursday to assassinate the Green Power Ranger.

This is the world we live in, folks, a world where our popular culture and our reality is getting increasingly “confused”; where a person can wake up one morning and decide they are the “avatar” for the Punisher and get into a situation where he is doing cosmic battle with a Power Ranger. Personal mythology, pop-culture mythology, and an unsuspecting world fuse together to create a new, strange landscape.

When I wrote The Year Of The Mask, which was an exploration of how pop-culture—especially comic book culture—started creating this “new landscape” right around the time of the Aurora “Dark Knight” shootings, I conceived this period of time as being “finite.” Hence: giving it the duration of a year. But now I’m not so sure about that.

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The New Fatalism, Part Two

chris-cornellI wrote “The New Fatalism” a couple of weeks ago, noting a “spike” in suicide imagery in popular culture (13 Reasons Why, the Kurt Cobain-themed Father John Misty video “Total Entertainment Forever”) as well as a couple of actual suicides that had recently happened.

Then there is the case of 24-year-old Bruno Borges, who made elaborate “preparations” and then simply vanished (just about to the day of the 20th anniversary of the Heaven’s Gate suicides); there is no evidence Borges killed himself, but there is a similar energy in terms of “disappearing.”

And now Chris Cornell is dead.

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