“The Favourite” and women in power

The “Bechdel test” is a baseline of feminist media analysis: does the work contain two women talking to each other about something other than a man? The idea is to ascertain whether women are treated as actors in their own right, with agency and independent desires, rather than second-order NPCs that exist only as set…

Serial Experiments Cybernetics Layer 04: McCulloch

“From then on Mechanism and Teleology held no contradiction. They have in common the dialectical argument with its logic of becoming which is necessary for cybernetics, and they complement each other from the sides of matter, or body, and form, or mind.” – McCulloch Beer considered Wiener, Ashby, and Warren McCulloch to be the three…

7 Ways To Ride The Tiger

Submitted by GDR This is not a guide on how to Make America Great Again. This document assumes we will fail and be overrun, and it recalibrates the goal downward to the most basic: survival. It is only once we have this need covered that we can dream of loftier goals. Prepare for the worst,…

Cannibalism and “Joker”

Submitted by Bad Billy Pratt Reality struck Matt Kennedy Gould in a flash as every cast member of the show created for his destruction revealed themselves as an actor hired to manipulate him. Every cast member but one, Brian Keith Etheridge- cast as Gould’s best friend, tasked with staying close to him throughout filming and becoming his…

Flexing China & Five Friday Reads 10/11/19

Anti-China news pops up often as China has become a friendly whipping boy for the Pentagon, therefore the red empire factions. The American left will never really get fully behind the anti-China push because the Chinese have bought them (Sen. Feinstein anyone?). Just look at the Clinton White House record with China in the ’90s…

Joker (2019): A Killer Troll

Editor’s note: We will run multiple Joker reviews with an eye on unique interpretations and angles. Today’s is the first of multiple entries. Joker is a great troll. Director Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix have played the studio system before—Phillips with his bilious Hangover sequels and Phoenix with his bizarre I’m Not There— and this…

Serial Experiments Cybernetics Layer 03: Ashby

“Only variety can absorb variety.” – Ashby The nexus between cybernetics and psychiatry runs deep. Indeed, R. D. Laing used a quote from Wiener’s “The Human Use of Human Beings” as an epigraph for part of the last chapter in “The Divided Self“. One of the progenitors of the science, who gets far less credit…

The Politics of Humiliation

What would you do if you had complete control of our Western societies? Ruling it with a healthy dose of pragmatism would probably be the best option. Sadly though, you and I will never have such an opportunity, and instead we are currently living through the greatest moral decline that has been witnessed in living…

A Quad Cities Newcomer Perspective

Note: This was intended for publishing in one of the local papers for Davenport, IA. The Quad City Times, and the Catholic Messenger both refused to publish it. Greetings to my fellow residents of the Quad cities.  I am new here, having just relocated here from the Baltimore area.  After about a week in town…

Volspins + Five Friday Reads 10/4/19

Many readers in our sphere were excited by the return of Moldbug. Hank Oslo will have something for you on it, so I will leave that to him. It was more fun to see reactions. One sent my way was from a friend, Against Moldbugism, penned by a Miss Susannah Black. It is lame but…