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July 06, 2007

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Geoffrey

Looking for something interesting to read this summer?

http://www.lulu.com/content/608930

-Geoffrey

ht

In the future we're going to delete blog spam like what you see in the comment above, but we're currently thrilled that the spam suggests we've made it to the next echelon of blog pollution.

social epidemiology

OK, to my great shame I not only clicked on the link, but followed it to its conclusion. [My excuse...maybe that I am supposed to be writing a great deal and anything that isn't that is extremely compelling, and just the curiosity to see what kind of lameness would come next.] I thought, in case you had been reasonably disgusted at the opening and not continued through the rest, you should know how it concludes

CHAPTER 7: THE DEVIANT FACTORY
"One more location to go. You must bring the deviant factory to life to end the grey sheeple reign. Now the sheeple will live up to their fullest potential. Identical pieces make for perfect cogs in the grand machinery of true creativity. And their blood is the ideal lubricant."

OK leaving aside the gross factor...I am fascinated that this grand celebration of deviance in the name of ripping conformity into blood and guts ends with the idea that the lifeblood of conformists can bring the factory of deviance to life....the conformists will be cogs in the deviant machine! and when you win, the machine comes to life and spits out? you guessed it, identical little scions. There are all kinds of things to say about Marx and commodities and labor and production and durkheim and deviance and it makes my head explode.

Does that make me a sheeple?

ht

i don't think that makes you a sheeple ... but would you want to be a little deviant?

and also then: does this grand finale suggest that little deviants are part and parcel of the culture industry? are they just little saboteurs who manipulate sheeple in order to simply maintain the status quo? what's the point then? is toyota/scion simply just advocating violence for the sake of violence, if the end result is the ongoing unfolding of industry? or are they suggesting that violence actually enables true creativity? but if true creativity is simply increased production of the same....

oy. now my head is exploding.

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  • If Ayn Rand and Walter Benjamin got in a cage fight and then made up over foie gras, single malt scotch and indie pop, you'd have the delightful adventures of "That Was Probably Awkward." Plus or minus the single malt and foie gras, depending on the week's finances. But always the indie pop. Sad, stirring indie pop. And a decent happy hour.

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