“Game of Thrones” is a dream that seems first vivid and real, then rapidly deteriorates into nonsense that the unconscious mind accepts until its conclusion. Yet when… Read more “Review of Game of Thrones, A Song of Fraud and Slothfulness”
Author: V Watching the social media purges of prominent right-wing accounts over the last year or so has been telling, not just of big tech’s tactics but… Read more “A Balkanized Internet: Victory & Defeat”
I do this strange thing, and I’m a bit embarrassed about it: I read Bloomberg Businessweek. I know, what am I doing reading an ostensibly leftist magazine… Read more “Case for Boring, Old Economics in an Extremely Online World”
The technological revolution, as every media theorist from McLuhan to Mumford to Grant, has come to invoke profound changes to human subjectivity itself. As Baudrillard said, it… Read more “Digital Savageries: A “Shark Womb” Model of Entropic Auto-Cannibalism in Minor Online Media Ecologies”
Apparently Bret Easton Ellis used to be a big deal. As part of the literary brat pack that emerged in the 1980s he had a bad boy aura. His books were young, edgy and depicted a darker America, something that to outsiders seemed both glamorous and destructive. He appealed to that eternal hunt for the fountain of youth. But Bret is a writer whose literary legacy is stuck in the 80s and 90s and his edginess has been subsumed by society and culture at large. He can’t write the same books any more when life is more entertaining than fiction. It is not surprising then that he has moved from fiction to talking quite literally about the exact same themes.
Warren: Hey Eli, I’m Warren, welcome to The Autistic Mercury! How are you doing today? Eli: It’s a gloomy day outside but I’m doing pretty well. Warren:… Read more “Autistic Mercury Interview With Design Critic Eli Schiff”
As many have come to cynically conclude, since at least the 1990s, there has been a death of the public intellectual without a swansong. This is due… Read more “Žižek and Peterson: Open Horizons, Postscript to the Debate of The Century.”
In the David Fincher produced, 2017 Netflix series, Mindhunter, two FBI special agents travel the country interviewing serial killers in the 1970’s. The series, based on the non-fiction… Read more “Guns Don’t Kill People, School Psychologists Do”
I am a gun rights absolutist. I mean that. There is nothing I qualify the position with. Obtain a weapon with which to wage war. That is your mandate. It is an unconditional mandate. This mandate became such in my mind via simple means. There is a very basic hypothetical one must indulge to determine the degree to which, if at all, he believes something. I like to call this the Apocalypse Diametric. It’s simple. One looks at the two sides of a given debate, and determines the fundamental insanity of each, and subsequently decides which is preferable. They both result in an apocalypse of a sort. In the case of the gun, it is no different. The most fundamental conclusion of the gun control side explains itself: guns are perfectly controlled. A single entity maintains exclusive access and use of all guns over all others. Extrapolate whatever conclusion you would like. The pro gun argument is everybody has access to a gun. Extrapolate whatever conclusion you would like. I will examine the logical insanity of each path as they appear to me.
There’s a great old Soviet Sci-Fi book series called the Noon Universe, by Arkady and Boris Sturgatsky. Like Star Trek the series takes place in a futuristic… Read more “The Regressiveness of Star Trek: Discovery”
Craig awoke to the shrill beeping of his alarm as he did every morning. He had grown used to its harsh tone over the years, almost growing… Read more “MODERN NECROMANCY”
“The end is in the beginning and yet you go on.” ― Samuel Beckett, Endgame The biggest export the US has is its culture. Whether it’s in… Read more “Exploring the Esoteric Nuances of Avengers: Endgame”
Mason Masters is a writer, reader and commentator from Australia. He has many thoughts and you can follow them on Twitter with his handle @masondemaistre “Count Tolstoy… Read more “Peter Thiel Against Consensus Reality”