Time Is A Flat Circle…

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Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in “Surfer, Dude” (2008) and “True Detective” (2014)

Time is a flat circle. Everything we have done or will do we will do over and over and over again—forever.
–Rust Cohle, “True Detective”

It all comes back around: re-cycles, closed-loops, spirals, call-backs, remixes. Such as the case in these examples from pop-culture:

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A Boy And His Daimon: “Death Note” (2017) Esoteric Theories

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The movie Death Note, which was recently released on Netflix, is somewhat based on the popular manga and anime of the same name. There is controversy in fan circles regarding this film, because #1 the main characters are no longer Japanese (true) and #2 that it is not super-faithful to the source material (true: this film is to the manga what Stanley Kubrick’s Shining was to the Stephen King version, at least in terms of a much different tone).

I’m not tackling that controversy here, but I am going to take a look at the film “as-is,” for the purposes of esoteric and synchromystic analysis. Spoilers ahead.

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The Trump Omens

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For thousands of years, people have sought, and found, omens amongst the tapestry of nature. A crow flying in a certain direction, the movement of ripples of water, a certain arrangement of animal intestines. Well, I have spent the majority of my life amongst buildings and concrete, and have not had the easy and regular access to such things as crows and intestines.

But I do consume a lot of popular culture and media. And it was there where I found my numerous “Trump Omens”—signs that, to me, indicated that Donald J. Trump would be voted President of the United States despite vigorous polling indicating otherwise.

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“Anti-Capitalist” Capitalism, Mr. Robot, and The Lego Movie

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“F**K the System,” the ad for the hit USA Network show Mr. Robot edgily pronounced. “F**k Wall Street.” “F**k Society.” The series is about an earnest young cyber-security engineer who doubles as a vigilante hacker (a la Ed Snowden).

“There’s a powerful group of people out there who are secretly running the world,” says the voiceover in the show’s trailer. “I’m talking about the people nobody knows about, the guys that are invisible…the top 1% of the top 1%. The guys who play God without permission.” This is all standard “conspiracy script,” cribbed from even the most cursory research into the counter-cultural movement—dressed up with a handsome young man in a fashionable hoodie. But it gets better. Continue reading ““Anti-Capitalist” Capitalism, Mr. Robot, and The Lego Movie”

Slamming Into The Fourth Wall

I. THE FOURTH WALL: A VERY (VERY) BRIEF OVERVIEW

The following short video explores the concept of “breaking the Fourth Wall” in storytelling. That’s when a fictional character—or even simply the narrative itself—acknowledges the existence of the “real life” audience existing beyond the (now-tenuous) barrier between fiction and reality. Some famous examples of breaking the Fourth Wall are Ferris Bueller directly addressing the viewer, Dark Helmet discovering the VHS tape for Spaceballs during the middle of the movie, and the ending of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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Proto-Troll: “The Max Headroom Incident”

“I made a giant masterpiece for all the greatest world newspaper nerds.”
—Unknown broadcast hijacker

Picture it: You’re watching Doctor Who on the TV set (just minding your own business). Suddenly, static crackles across your screen. Then your television program is replaced with a weird figure in a mask who speaks in an eerie, tinny voice. It’s…Max Headroom?!

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