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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The Year Of The Mask: A Real American Hero?

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In the immortal words of Jay-Z: ‘Whatever deity may guide my life, dear lord don’t let me die tonight. But if I shall before I wake, I’d accept my fate.’
—Roadblock, “GI Joe: Retaliation”

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
—Christopher Dorner, manifesto

COBRA IS REAL!!!
—Alex Jones

Only days after a blackout at the Super Bowl  in which the super-villain Bane was invoked on social media as possibly being the cause, the news lit up with another mass shooting spree. This time the suspect was Christopher Dorner, 33, an involuntarily dismissed Los Angeles police officer. Feeling that his termination from the force was unfair, he did what any American would do…declare “unconventional and asymmetric warfare” on the LAPD.

Oh, fuck…here we go again.

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Would Only Hipsters Buy This Hipster Nativity Set?

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How can you make a Statement™ this holiday season?  Wear a $233 mother-of-pearl gold-plated safety pin to show you are an ally? Contribute to digging a hole to nowhere to artistically express your sense of ennui and nihilism as the result of the recent election?

Or buy this Hipster Nativity Set?

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