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ZZZZZZZeitgeist...

There's been a few things in the last few months I noticed pop up in The Pill Box and then duly crop up in the pages of The Guardian days or weeks later - but I kept silent, you know, it might have been sheer coincidence after all...

But note, in last Sunday's Observer [05.02.06], p 44, under their regular WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA slot ["A guide to the spirit of the age" - yeah, right]: South Park Conservatism. Dudes! We featured that here in ... 2003!!! (We even had our own South Park neo Conservative Correspondent fer crissakes!*) C'mon! Get with the programme!

{* one of the many people I didn't email back during my extended period of 'absence' and who, if he happens to read this, I'm sorry, do get back in touch...}

posted by Ian 2/07/2006 05:07:00 PM

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dood our time to rule is coming soon.
 
Hauntological invokation in NW6.
Introducing guest vocalist Sarah Nixey's brittle English rose version of 'Ghosts' on Monday night, Infantjoy frontman, Paul Morley (Clip-board and Pacing), quoted yr gd self regarding this tune being the 'My Way' of 'our' generation. Accurate attribution?
Fortunately he didn't describe it as iconic.
 
This southpark con schtick goes even further back than that... who the hell do you think voted for Reagan? Or where do you think the Ramones got their socio-political chops? I think this 'zeitgeist' really got going with the 'Eye-Rainian' revolution in the post-punk era... when good ol' boys and faux-primitive 'elites' both turned their back on liberalism and the democrat party. If you ever read the old NY 'Punk' magazine, you can see that 'zeitgeist' was already gettin' dialectical...
 
... as for Stone and Parker, they come out of that 'offend all - believe nothing' schtick that US post-punk (in art, books, comix, movies and music) has embraced since the late 70's (from SST to Jeff Koons).
Of course this pseudo-apolitical stance gave a green light to the New Right - one 'irony' lost on those post-punk poseurs... AGUIRRE ANON
 
... and now here we are left with a world being (literally) over-run with a wave of paranoid Right-wing maniacs - with a neutered, remote media raising a bemused eyebrow at the SPECTACLE of it all. For such a powerful institution, the (mass) media seems to be two balls short of a full sac these days...
Southpark Conservative? Picture Oswald Spengler puking up a pizza slice at Disneyworld...
 
... and the Observer is becoming as much as a lazy mouthpiece for nihilistic celebrity as much as as any tabloid - albeit in terms of the 'phenomenon', or (yes!) 'icon'. They probably have an even narrower focus than the tabs when it comes to celebs (that obsession with the same old London 'scenesters'). Check out those columnists - post-punk babies the lot of 'em...
Enough ranting. Back to work.
"Ich Bein Der Zorn Gottes!" - AGUIRRE ANON
 
Nah, Andrew Sullivan coined the term in December 2001 (and claimed to be one before his drift toward the political middle and endorsement of Kerry in 2004) and there was a rather stupid missed-the-boat-and-missed-the-point book with the same title last year. And since the "Terri Schiavo" episode the right has been a bit less keen to claim the show as their own....
 
... which rather unfortunately under the circumstances brings us full circle - because THAT book was written (I just checked) by the guy who used to write to the Pill Box - Brian Anderson.

I think he wanted to send a copy but that was during my (err hrrm) "media blackout" ...
 
C'mon Ian, did you really describe 'Ghosts' as the 'My Way' of our generation? Fantastic!
 
quote attrib. I.P. - why yes; i'd quite forgotten about that one... but it's given me an IDEA...

also: yesterday while looking for something lite to read in the bath, i found an old (1997) David Lynch article which i then consumed before realising the name of the magazine (a really good U.S. attempt at a superior, readable, text dominated "men's" mag - it even ran CRITIQUES of the porn industry - doomed to failure because of that, naturally...):
ICON.
 
For what it's worth (not a lot), Factory's video arm in the early 80s was called Ikon.
 
I think perhaps we should draw a halt to this before people start recaling an ouzo bar they got drunk in on Crete in 1992 or something...
 
So I can't even mention that Banshees song tsk tsk...

But isn't it ironic that while the secular west has systematically drained the word "icon" of even its figurative meaning, other faiths are at the same time taking a rather more, er, robust view of religious representations...
 
HA! YES! That Danish cartoon has become our true and ultimate contemporary ICON - in its un-viewable and powerful absence!!

Flippantly "iconic" and apocalyptically invisible... a perfect merger of old and new...
 
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