‘tis the season to talk about edgy alt-right stuff!

I feel that most alt-right memes are awkwardly trapped between tradition for the sake of tradition, and tradition for the sake of optimising some other metric. This leads to a degree of incoherence in the alt-right memeplex.

For example, take racism. (please!) It hardly requires justification in cultures which are based around promoting a particular ethnic or religious group at the expense of others. But for people who wish to justify it on some other grounds, the situation gets much more complicated.

Genetic factors behind IQ appear to be a popular choice. But if IQ is crucial to society, why screen immigrants on crude racial grounds, instead of giving them IQ tests? And why exclude native citizens from IQ screening? Once you have decided to treat members of one group superior to another without actually checking for any objective reason to do so you’ve already begged the question, and further discussion of IQ only muddies the waters.

Religion is similar. You either promote it because it’s just What We Do, or you promote it on objective grounds of improving social function. But as soon as you concede that you’re doing it for some other purpose, you’re opened yourself to challenge from any alternative social technology that might fulfil that purpose in a superior way, and your tradition begins to dissolve.

(There is the common argument that certain institutions have stood the test of time, but human biology has also been around for a while and yet we see fit to augment it with medicines, clever food preparation, and assistive technologies that make life much more pleasant).

The alt-right position is inherently unstable, and will collapse into a pure appeal to tradition, a politically irrelevant aesthetic, or a technocratic optimisation process that grinds tradition into dust in search of higher metrics.


No but why did the Dark Souls fandom spontaneously decide that Pickle-Pee & Pump-a-rum was DARK Papi? I made a joke about it last night but seriously, is this what a Stand Alone Complex is? Is this the Memeplex? Is the Jungian collective unconscious collapsing upon itself in the shape of hot harpies?

Why did this happen
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Nosey Parkers

They observe and make inquiry. Natural behavior. They expect that etiquette demands responses and to pass must be accompanied by an explanation. So needy and nosey they are. Soliciting self pride, polluting with endless reminiscence—if nothing more then an organizational processing of their own thoughts, experiences and ideas—is nonetheless a predictable gauntlet to be run daily.

Here comes one now. I count the timer in my head as I wait. Offered food. Nice. As I expected, ruthless to the core.

So maybe I reflected too harshly. There is no doubt that I maintain an aura of rejection. My shield is up and not coming down any other way than slowly. It’s impulsive at this point. The reason is clear to me. Truth. I mean, what if the gist of what you hear brings your ears to loathe their attachment to your person? Play is the response. To find a dance in the passage through the mire, to bloom a lotus and rise above. Invoking the persona is the key. Finding the kinesthetic relationship with yourself that creates the action. Play.

Of course I’m analyzing too much into everything. Instead of simply doing and really playing. Be frivolous with who you are!

Tis all play. Performance. Become wrapped in it all. Flow. Enjoy. With ease comes a freeing of the mind.

maladydee  asked:

I've been infected by a memeplex and I'm passing it on ---> Ten facts about yourself then pass this on to ten of your favorite followers :)

1. I am learning how to play the bass guitar. It is the first musical instrument I have ever tried to play without being forced by parents or school. So far I am only playing with 2 strings, and want to get better before graduating to 4 strings. 2. I still buy CDs and would prefer to have a physical copy of all of my music, even though I listen to it most often on digital devices. 3. I generally like the company I work for, but I don’t talk about it on Tumblr because a lot of people really, REALLY dislike my employer. I want my Tumblr to be about music, clever Simpsons quotes, and other fun stuff, but not endless arguments about my employer and how “evil” they are. 4. I used to watch professional wrestling almost religiously, both live and on TV. I have even won free beer for my extensive knowledge of wrestling trivia. However, ever since the Chris Benoit murder / suicide, I just haven’t enjoyed it as much and have switched to UFC. 5. A few years ago I started going to the gym twice a week, and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. My job and hobbies both involve me sitting in front of glowing rectangles for extended periods of time, and I enjoy beer. Going to the gym is usually the only physical activity I get. I will never be a speedo model, but I will also never be out of breath from climbing stairs (anymore). 6. When my wife was my girlfriend we had a regular weekly date night. One one particular night, she asked if it was okay if ordered pizza and played Super Mario brothers instead of going out for dinner. That’s when I knew she was “the one”. 7. I was once hired to be foreign Santa at a Japanese Christmas party. It was one of the most fun jobs I have ever had. 8. I grew up with two great parents that are still happily married. I never appreciated that until I got older. 9. Growing up my sister and I were raised Roman Catholic. In University, my sister decided to become a born again Christian at a local evangelical church. I was the only family member to attend her adult baptism, and in the interest of maintaining peace in the family, will never reveal that fact to my mother. 10. I have been the dungeon master of a reasonably successful Dungeons & Dragons campaign. It was a lot of work to prepare, but a lot of fun to execute. My players called me “Doug Doug” most of the time.

It’s a bit late, but I’m finally at my computer to do this. (i tend to avoid writing text-heavy stuff when I’m tumblring on my phone, which is almost always). Thanks to hepatosaurus oldsampeabody and dusktreadereats for tagging me :) It’s hard to narrow it down to just 10, and I’m leaving out whole series instead of putting something like, “The entire Vorkosigan saga” because that seems like cheating. 

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you.

In no particular order:

10. Sabriel, by Garth Nix

9. Dealing With Dragons, by Patricia C Wrede

8. Reaper Man, by Terry Pratchett

7. The Essential Bordertown, edited by Terri Windling

6. Midnight Robber, by Nalo Hopkinson

5. A Fistful of Sky, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

4. Digger, by Ursula Vernon (I’m cheating a bit, it’s a 6 volume comic, but one complete story)

3. Finder, by Emma Bull

2. Deep Wizardry, by Diane Duane

1. Curse of Chalion, by Lois McMaster Bujold

Yes, I read a lot of fantasy, but it’s where my heart is. And as you can see, I have a soft spot for practical protagonists. 

Time to tag 10 people! Apologies if you’ve done this already, my phone is doing this thing where it keeps reloading the dash on me so I’ve been missing a lot of stuff. But I encourage everyone to do this, it’s a lot of fun!

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