Archive for June 26, 2011

Thich Quang Duc Had An Audience and Visual Documentation

June 26, 2011 8 comments

All of the talk about media ignoring Tom Ball’s self-immolation tends to overlook the two most important reasons behind why Thich Quang Duc’s self-immolation was successful in destroying the Diem regime in Vietnam.

Have a look at the famous Pulitzer prize-winning photo-

Do you see two factors that made his sacrifice so memorable? He had two things that Tom Ball did not have-

1. A sympathetic audience (note the monks around him).

2. Visual documentation (remember that this photo won the Pulitzer prize in 1963)

Here is a video clip of that event.


LOL: June 26, 2011

June 26, 2011 3 comments

Marriage 2.0 explained with Barbie, Ken and a few ‘accessories’.


Categories: LOL

How The Online World Displaces The Traditional

June 26, 2011 16 comments

I have pointed out, in many previous posts, that online life is successfully competing with ‘real’ life. Whether we look at the importance of computer games, social media and even how we keep in touch with people we know in ‘real’ life- things have changed a lot since people used Netscape 1.0 on Windows 3.1.

One of the important results of this shift has been the creation of social niches (and groups) which did not previously exist.

Let me explain that with a personal example-

You see, I always had a strong interest in spanking naughty girls. However prior to the intertubes, my ability to know about the prevalence of this interest was rather limited. While I did find willing girls even before the intertubes, it was somewhat odd to bring up with a potentially willing girl. That is no longer the case and the intertubes are full of terabytes of text, pictures, videos, newsgroups and a lot of people who want to talk about it. Therefore a formerly taboo-ish topic is now practically mainstream.

The same can be said of stuff like escorts, pubic shaving, body piercing, anal sex.. you get the picture.

But does this not also apply to ideas and views beyond sex? Would concepts like game, MGTOW, objective assessments of what women are really like, universities as scams, mainstream dietary and medical experts as frauds etc have taken off without the intertubes?

Let me explain this concept with an alternate reality scenario.

Imagine a world just like ours, but in which the internet did not exist or was hard/scarce/ expensive to use. Now imagine how different Ferdinand Bardamu’s life would have been in that alternate reality. We can look at 40-somethings today as a guide for that alternate course of events.

He would have quickly run into the wall of limited possibilities. While some of them would have been of a more mundane nature, such as not being able to easily search for jobs in somewhat distant places- the biggest effect would be on his worldview.

Think about how many women would not be keeping their cooters bald today if it was not for the direct and indirect effects of the internet. It created and normalized the demand that women keep it hairless. Now imagine him trying to convince girls to shave/wax their muff in a world where the internet had not made it normal.

The same can be said about what he now think about women. If FB was born, say.. 15 years before he was, any misgivings he had about feminism would have been beaten out of him by women, white knights, manginas, mainstream media and academia. He would simply have nowhere to go and find out if his views, and experiences, were similar to other men. He might have accepted a lot of shit from the women he dated, and might even had to deal with stuff like child support.

Even worse- he might have come to love ‘big brother’.

Similarly his views on a variety of subjects from experts, academia, race, family, manliness etc would have been overtly influenced by people in his immediate physical vicinity, official experts and their traditional views. He probably would have assimilated and then defended those ideas even if they were against his best interests. His views on issues like rape, capitalism, justice and many other issues would be quite different from what they now are.

So how, and why, does the internet affect his interactions with the ‘real’ world?

While he, and many men of our generation (born in the late 1970s or later), have seen stuff which is very different from what tradition teaches and older people believe in- many others have not. However, one cannot unsee the matrix or perceive people who are still plugged in like before. They, and their worldview, feel distant and alien even if they are physically nearer. Often, you cannot even help them see alternate possibilities as their egos and emotional attachments get in the way. I know what I am talking about..

The end result of this peculiar series of events is that those who have seen the matrix start drifting away from what was traditionally considered to be their identity, groups and roles. A hybrid online-‘real’ identity is a common outcome and most of their new ideas and experiences now come from the online world. In that respect, ubiquitous smartphones and laptops have merely streamlined a process which started with desktops connected to the internet.

Did I mention that there is no worthwhile ‘reality’ to reintegrate with?

The process of an online world displacing the traditional one has begun on a large scale since the early-mid 2000s. It will probably accelerate and in combination with feedback loops will start manifesting itself in the ‘real’ world more frequently and with greater consequence as the months and years roll by..