The Internet is the Wild West

…But how long will the qualities we love, and take for granted, last?

On September 30th, 2016, the Obama administration effectively gave away the Internet; yes, apparently the president does have the authority to hand-off “America’s pioneering role in ensuring that the Internet remains a place where free expression can flourish” to a privatized global-clique where there is no voice to speak out for such a right.

If we look at the ‘Wild West,’ that romanticized time in American history lasted approximately thirty years in the mid-to-late 1800’s. If we say the Internet as we know it began to come of age at the turn of the century, then consider recent advancements, perhaps it’s a possibility that the free-of-charge, high-power, pro-freedom Internet will become a mere nostalgic reminiscence a century from now.

I’d like to see the web remain fun and interesting, but it seems waters are already flowing against us: for starters, major news networks in America have begun closing comment sections on (especially political) articles, claiming that they’ve become infested with hate speech and harassment. People aren’t disagreeing with articles and proving them wrong because they want to be ‘trolls,’ “it’s because people hate [the media] and [the media] lies…on a daily basis to the public.” Instead of questioning the quality of their journalism, the networks shut down the potential for any kind of discussion on the matter. Well, it’s their website, so it’s their right. These ‘trolls’ can ride their steeds into the plains of web-righteousness and spread their knowledge and opinions. Right?

Right, until they gain steam promoting an idea that conflicts with the establishment’s seeming desire for some egalitarian society, which is really a guise for more power to few, less freedom to more, and no rooted identity for any. There’s a totalitarian quality to the progressive left; equality slogans are ran about, preach of tolerance and diversity…but spread too ‘threatening’ of an opinion and you’ll be shut down, on the Internet, at least…

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It would be a healthy precaution to at least be aware that the Internet as we know it has a new possessor. So, enjoy and utilize the Internet as long as it’s services and tools have use in the hands of the people. As always, physical mediums are useful, and much harder for an outsider to regulate. Knowing where to access information otherwise is important, and not difficult, only slower. Documents exclusive to the Internet are always worth a print-out. Sane, trustworthy (preferably also brave and intelligent) people to debate and discuss with are helpful, but not as important as faith in your own intellect and instinct. No one can keep us down for long, if we can stay in touch with ourselves…

-MM

About graphic design and advertisers; The Vienna Secession: Then & Now.

Note: Quotes used are taken from recent interviews with writer Alan Moore and from The Duchamp Dictionary by Thomas Girst.

Naturally a university for the arts will train its students for fields and professions with the highest guarantee of work. In the early twentieth century, before the effects of Industrialization, art schools were still traditionalist, training its students to work for commissions in the classical fine art realm. Modern graphic design, and modern art more generally, sprouts from secession from this tradition. Alfred Roller (1864-1935) was a key figure in this secession from academic style, focusing more on typography, radical forms, and flat colours. Some of Roller’s pieces were used as magazine covers representing the movement.

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Roller, design for a pocket watch cover

A few decades later, Surrealism and Dadaism were prominent movements. The contributions of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) and Josef Albers (1888-1976), for example, brought us closer to how we conceive product design and advertisements. “It is not surprising to see Duchamp’s influence in [graphic design]. He paid meticulous attention to designing his own editions of boxes, posters and books as well as catalogues, announcements, invitations, flyers and publications for his friends or for the Surrealist and Dada movements…His magazines prefigured the underground press punk and fanzine cultures that emerged in the US” (Girst).

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Duchamp Magazine, 1917

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Riot grrl magazine, 1991

Go into a city, drive on a major road, look at your cell phone, surf the Internet, turn on your TV. Really anywhere you look in an urban or suburban environment, someone is trying to sell you something, and more times than not a graphic designer is the one responsible for grabbing your attention and storing recognizable information in your brain. Repetition is essential, like when reading a story to a toddler, or training a dog. Then, if you buy the product, it’s also a graphic designer who ensures, for example, an aesthetically pleasing packaging for your KFC meal or your iPod.

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These are powerful forces, and shouldn’t always be “degenerated to the level of cheap entertainment and manipulation.” Instead of using them as “opiates to tranquilize people,” we should use them to wake people up, or shed light on real issues. Think about it: through television, designers have the ability to plant the same thoughts in a whole population at the same time. Instead of planting useless information, or plain banality in the heads of the public, “reassuring and reconfirming  [their] prejudices,” why not surprise and challenge them? “A lot of popular culture is saying ‘everything’s okay with the way you think about things, with the way you see the world. Isn’t it nice…look, a butterfly’” (Moore).

It’s necessary for arts to be less about commerce and more about real issues. We’re reaching a threshold of complexity that is much greater than any we’ve faced before. Its liable that in the next eighteen months we’ll have invented as many things as we’ve previously invented in the whole of human history. People feel more fragmented in terms of their personalities and lives. The complexity keeps mounting; we need art more than ever. We need voices that can actually make some sense out of this chaotic storm of information that we find ourselves surrounded by. It’s not just preferable that we have some decent committed art around at the moment… it’s absolutely vital” (Moore).

Beginning with the Vienna Secession and its roots, with figures like Alfred Roller, the academic style has fully shifted from traditionalism to modernism and today it totally panders to commerce. It’s time again to secede, toward using art as the undercurrent of change, as a means to cure loneliness and challenge people; to give them not what they want, but what they need, to tell them things they know but don’t know that they know.

My Love Lies Drowned in the Windy Lowlands…

She left home young, called by the songs of the hills. She learned them well, and sang them better, and joined the tour, and roamed.

The doors of fame opened, but she remained among the trees and the streams, and there she remains to this day.

All my respect and appreciation to Anne Briggs.

Alan Hall presented a piece with the BBC Radio 4 interviewing Anne and showcasing some of her music. “Hall interviewed her at her home in the west of Scotland, where she lives alongside nature and beside running water, which seem to provide all the music she needs. The last time she sang was when she put her infant grandson in a sling and took him for a walk by the river. ‘It seemed to soothe him,’ she says.”

Available to stream here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07syrrs

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The Default Worldview

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A young person who has gone through the school system in recent years, especially on the university level, should be aware that there is an expected way of thought. If you leave school still questioning what is socially acceptable, your administrators have failed, which contradicts the concept of education. But education and indoctrination are different words with different meanings.

What does ‘the default worldview’ offer us?

1- Third-wave Feminism: Not to be confused with the first two waves, or the ‘radical notion that women are people.’ Once the industrial world gained steam and became belligerent, women had to fight for equal opportunity and respect. And they did. During the second wave of feminism in the late 1960’s and early 70’s, a radical school emerged with bitter mutations. I won’t dismiss the stubborn glory of an extremist, but I have nothing good to say about ‘haters.’ Radical feminists became prominent in gender studies at universities, grew older and more bitter, and planted (and continue to plant) seeds of befuddling hatred the minds of young people. In today’s universities, a reasonable, down-to-earth woman teaching a gender studies course is bound to be nailed as a henchman for ‘the patriarchy’ by students who are convinced such a threat exists.  The only oppression women face in the west today (other than threats brought on by multiculturalism, which is another discussion) is modern feminism, a philosophy that misleads by using the same term heroines of the past used for the suffrage movement and for gaining equal opportunity. Convincing girls to prioritize degrees and careers over family is disrespectful and invasive, in my opinion. Naturally, motherhood is the definitively feminine power, and shouldn’t be poo-pooed in favor of things more finite.

2- Multiculturalism: The word in itself is a farce. Only one culture can exist in a land and for it’s people, and every people are entitled, I believe, to their own. Think of a painter’s palette. If you mesh the colors together, you get an undefined dark paint. ‘Diversity’ has ceased to exist on the palette…

3- White guilt. Why is multiculturalism pushed in Europe and America, not Africa and Asia? To social justice warriors, being white, and male especially, is inherently a racist endeavor. If I want to join their club, I should repress these traits, become a woman and wear a dashiki. Or, as an alternative, I can live in self-hatred. Following my ancestral awakening, so to speak, I was called a ‘nazi’ by my closest friends. I assume remarks with a negative connotation aren’t made to a young African-American embracing their cultural ancestry. Why do we buy a narrative that claims one is more acceptable than the other?

Being raised and coming of age within the school system is a bewildering experience either way. The stresses of socializing and self-identifying without any viable guidance is enough of a task in itself. Combine media influence and parents who are just as confused as the child, then install the above points in university and reinforce them with low-brow entertainment, all done in a ‘politically correct’ manner, and the cycle of unsustainable materialism and overall confusion is bound to repeat itself. The children are the future. Why have them just to hand them over to someone else?

-MM

~Embrace freedom of thought~

~Traditionalism is the counter-culture~

The Season of Samhain

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Fall season is upon us, when the leaves change colors and fall off the trees which remain barren until the fall of Winter and the rebirth of Spring. It is a time for the opening of the burial mounds and the return of the honourable ancestors through the initiation of the children.

The Celtic festival of Samhain is the root of modern-day Halloween, and one of the many aspects of the ancient European religion that has been integrated into Christian culture. This season, remember the deities, the ancestors, and the roots of our special love for this season and the celebrations involved.

-MM

For a simple, traditional life…

While ambiguity is an important and natural quality for the arts, the sickness of our world is an urgent matter, and the gods, and our beautiful Mother Earth deserve a prompt, straightforward reaction. Here are some basic guidelines for anyone disenchanted, discouraged, confused and/or frustrated at our sick world. For young people, they are points to consider as you become independent.  These are not immediately attainable goals, but if we start today to educate and prepare ourselves accordingly, our families will be happier, simpler folk closer in touch with nature, the inescapable force that will always win in the end. Inspired by/adapted from the Thulean Perspective/Ancestral Cult blog.

-1- Lower your living standards.

-2- “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” (Voltaire) If you so much as question something ‘scientific evidence’ says is true, you will be mocked. Politicians have used this to their advantage, to the point that ‘science’ is reduced to a tool for the left. Always trust your instincts and intellect over such forces.

-3- “Govern your home, govern your life.” The less money you spend on unnecessary products and services, the more options you will have, and the handier you will become.

-4-  Get in touch with your ancestry (your nature, your blood) through archeology, history, fairy tales, etc. For those of European descent, look to ancient Europe. Be wary of studies in this field, though, as most of the literature by scholars is written through a distorting lens. In school, we learn to dismiss the gods as childish or naive. Native European culture is completely misunderstood in this context.

In order to gain a well-rounded awareness of your forebears, you have to do a lot of dot-connecting and reasoning using your own intellect. A lot has been destroyed since those simpler times, and many of it, in fact, was never written down (Note: The Druids, the priest class of Celtic society, were not illiterate; they chose to not write doctrine because they believed it would keep the memory strong and the doctrine safe). There is enough, though. Many old European values and traditions, the high festivals most definitely, were adopted by (and adapted for) Christians.

-5- Live where you can see stars at night.

-6- Embrace adversity. Solve problems yourself instead of immediately seeking assistance. Take the difficult path to strengthen your character and learn more.

Happy simpilizing.

-MM

 

My first week at art school in the UK

I will now take you, my faithful blog followers, into an emotionally charged depiction of my first week in the UK.

I inject myself into art school. Am I trying too hard to not seem American?

I spend the evening in my dorm room trying to flush out all the liberal propaganda I have subjected myself to throughout the day.

I report back early next morning and am warned of racism and bigotry in our midst.

Today is self-portrait day.

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I glance over at the student next to me…

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I go to lunch.

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-MM/SpongeBob