Culture of the hideous, rotting the world


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2It’s interesting to note that culture is a sort of absorbent material for the realities of any society. You can tell what’s happening in that society, in effect, by the ideas and images it produces.

…Which makes the diagnosis for this society rather grim. It’s a truly hideous culture. In media, the stories ore of stupidity, denial, blatant lies, and above all, a level of total ineptitude that is almost beyond description

The world’s overall culture is toxic. Old, stagnant, truly rotting, ideas and images fester everywhere. Obsolete obscenities seem to have come back for an encore. Slavery and human trafficking are back and as ugly as ever. Crime has been normalized by the lawmakers. Every second product of “entertainment” is a commercial for violence.

Life, you’d think, is a stream of ridiculous fictions based on images. Images, in fact, have largely replaced reality for some people. The input is too much for the minds receiving. So the culture effectively feeds itself with itself. Ironically, as the culture gets more toxic, it poisons itself.

The rotting ideas of a comatose culture

Rotting ideas include:

The 20th century image of normal life. It’s now a sacred image, with little or no comprehension of what it was actually like and no possible application in any possible future.  A large number of truly atrophied mindsets have persisted since the past. This static mentality was the one which didn’t even really register World War 1, the Depression, World War 2, the 60s, or the complete departure from the old social structures. Somehow, this bizarre view of a smug world (which never was and can never be) is now what the world should be.

The theory and practice of human living. This has also rotted down nicely to the usual doll’s house fantasy. This has been the case while even the theory of earning a living will have to be rewritten. Technologies and commerce will abolish all of the old “jobs” and “careers”, with nothing in sight to replace them.

The possible uses of human intellect. The rot here isn’t quite as bad as it looks, but it’s still not a healthy thing and there’s way too much rot. Human intelligence, that highly debatable thing, does have its moments. Whether intelligent thinking and this totally lost current form of human existence can actually connect any more is highly debatable indeed. (Meanwhile, ask yourself how so many highly conspicuous total morons seem to be doing so well in such an ugly social environment. It’s an interesting answer.)

The Dumb. Even stupidity is rotting away in a world where so many fools are overweighted and have too much influence and seem to be allowed to do so much damage with impunity.

Cultural direction has totally vanished.  People aren’t too sure they want to think about a future which may be even worse than the present. Way back when, the story was of a fabulous future, wonderful things, and look where that culture went. Humanity was getting better, and fast. It was, in fact, the exact antithesis of this culture. A never-thinking-ahead culture with no attention span doesn’t have a future.

Civilization. Excuse me for mentioning an old joke of mine, but – “There is a lost civilization on Earth, right now. The problem is that some fool keeps finding it.” The pity about that joke is that it does refer to a whole idea of civilization which is basically long past any possible expiry date. Ancient social structures, social myths, and absurdities from the past are everywhere. This is the 21st century. Why are all these primitive ideologies and stupid conflicts still around? What use are they, and what use have they ever been?

Quality of life. Talking about extinct things, Western quality of life has been eroded by insanities. Who asked for a world which is basically one big stress factory? A world where life was supposed to become better and easier has become damn near impossible for many people.

This culture never makes the right decisions

This culture makes bad calls at a highly improbable rate which translate into social waves:

  • Nuclear disarmament: No. Miss all the big booms? Never!
  • Love and peace: No. You’re much too smart for that.
  • Equal rights. Not at all. Doesn’t go with the fake self-imagery.
  • Decent lives for people. Not going to fool you with that one, eh?
  • Basic amenities. No, because that’s an idea you don’t even understand.
  • Pollution elimination: No because you like cyanide and heavy metals.
  • Sane health care: No, that’s socialist. Health is therefore socialism.
  • Free education. No. Nobody needs skills anymore, so there, too.
  • End poverty. No, people might have money to spend, which would naturally be bad for the economy.
  • No. Everyone acts like a spoiled brat now, so we don’t need kids.
  • Human survival, etc, etc. Insert selected rabid response accordingly.

Face it – Every call this moronic culture makes is invariably wrong and has been for generations. Everyone knows what needs fixing, and usually how to do it, and absolutely nothing is done.  The rot is spreading.

The imagery of a failed culture

The imagery of this culture is essentially the imagery of atrocities. Nothing is too ugly to turn in to a media product. Media is used to promote atrocities. Media is used to promote disinformation, that most truly useless of things. Check out the result, worldwide.

A question at this point – Are we smart enough yet?  Screwed up enough common sense things to believe ourselves intelligent? Face it – Only morons would tolerate this genocidal bullshit for a second, let alone decades.

I’d be a lot more sympathetic if people simply got on with what needs doing. These old institutions and ridiculous, incompetent corporate circuses can easily be bypassed and/or beaten at their own games. The corrupt leave virtual audit trails of their corruption and are almost never held responsible.

Nobody seems to be trying too hard. Plenty of talk, most of it self-serving and scripted to death, of course, but very little actually being done. Whatever the subject, the time for talk is over. If you want to get out of this hideous culture, make it obsolete, unable to survive in a saner world. The alternative doesn’t bear discussion.

 

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Dead ideologies


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The ideologies of the 20th century turn out to have had a very short shelf life. It’s a matter of opinion whether some ideologies are actually real ideologies, or excuses, but they’ve all died, pretty ignominiously, and surprisingly thoroughly.

No great loss, admittedly. Those ideologies have been out of touch for decades. It’s their stench as they rot which is the problem.

A few dead ideologies

Communism: Communism has morphed in to a form of socialist crony capitalism, producing billionaires in the former rock solid communist countries of Russia and China. Command economies aren’t ideologies; they’re simply able to do things differently, not ideologically. Quite the opposite, in fact, these economies and societies are based on pure pragmatism, which is also not an ideology.

Nazism: The “ideology” of “hate other people, kill them and take their property and call ourselves supermen to justify it” hardly qualifies as an ideology. There is in fact no real ideology, and never was.

Capitalism: Capitalism as an ideology is roughly the equivalent of finding reasons to be rich. It has never been a real ideology, simply churning out reasons for itself for centuries. It has been idealized, however, to an absurd extent, and failed totally to deliver for 95% of the population. Capitalism is its own worst enemy, actively promoting disbelief in itself, on that scale. Add to this charming image the fact of pure criminality and corruption, and what’s to like, let alone trust?

Libertarianism: The anti-government ideology which persists in finding reasons to try to get elected to government has never been realistic. How does a society function without administration? Through press releases? Through endless self-righteous babble? It was never much of a thought, let alone an ideology.

Anarchism: From the barricades of the 19th and 20th century to the howling bores of the 21st century, these are the “alternative libertarians”, a tiresome and idea-less talking rubbish dump of very little real perception or depth.

Religious fanatics: The epitome of total ideological failure, these pseudo-religious theoretical cockroaches rummage around the hatreds and prejudices of the last few thousand years, finding reasons to kill and oppress people. They have absolutely nothing in common with their religious origins. They simply shout quotations and shoot people, not very religious at all. They are, in fact, the greatest liability to those religions, destroying their credibility and provoking opposition and hostility.

Criminalism: Humanity’s most repulsive people are typically criminals. The normalization of crime, gangs, and the rest of the hideous social train wreck  is in fact an active ideology, just not a formal ideology like the others. Crime is a way of life, criminals are portrayed as heroes… And it has basically destroyed the original social environment in which it grew.  The Bad Guy, in fact, is a jerk, sometimes a super jerk. Every crime creates an enemy. The death of criminalism will be of its own making, and well deserved.

Conservatism: Conservatism in its senility is a particularly ugly sight. It has all the characteristics of the other failed ideologies, and mindlessly spews out dogmas like a bad case of dysentery. In its current form, it no longer has even a base, just rallies and rantings to try to pretend it’s still alive. It has no chance of survival, whatever it does.

Identity ideology: One of the most primitive, and most increasingly absurd, forms of ideology is basic group identity. It started with the caves, and hasn’t developed much since. It’s a typical divisive ideology. Everyone else is “them”. That may have worked centuries ago, but now, it just gets in the way of life and business. It is arguably the most impractical, counterproductive total waste of time ever to pretend to be an ideology in human history, and that’s not easy.

Pseudo-progressivism: This dull, repetitive drip of agreement with progressive ideas is lip service only. “Oh, the environment! ….Yeah…” is hardly a contribution. Real progressivism can never really be an ideology. If anything, it’s basically an acknowledgement of the need for new ideas. How can it be an ideology when it keeps adding new elements to itself on a daily basis? The pseudo-progressives have nothing to give, and tend to be fully as dogmatic as their conservative relatives, They’ll be truly obsolete soon enough.

Defining the death of ideologies

An ideology is a synthesis of ideas. It dies when it has finally come to the end of its ideas, and when the people who “believe” in it have no ideas. It becomes far less explorative, and over time, less related to human realities. The stagnation is shown by dogmas, repetitive statements, rhetoric aimed at anyone else and anything else, and these things do nothing but recycle itself, becoming ever less relevant. Sound like any ideology you know?

 

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The 21st century Stone Age can be creatively counteracted. Creating solutions, creating better options, you name it; this is the way out of the sewer. Interestingly most sociopaths fear creativity, because it adds unknown elements to their environment.

 

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When the madness ends


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The most common view of the world as it is now is basically one word – Madness. The madness is the endless wrong calls, the wrong decisions, the psychotic hatreds, the babble, the lies, the corruption, and the crime.

Defining the madnesses, however, is an interesting exercise. The logic of the madness is single minded – If a thing is good for anyone, or makes life easier for anyone, the madness is against it. If a thing does damage to people, in any way, the madness is all for it. If something or someone promotes disunity and hatred, the madness promotes it as an ideological immovable object. If it’s criminal, and causes loss, grief or injury, the madness supports crime in all forms.

If being rich is grounds for optimism, you need to read this. All is for the best in this best of all possible worlds, eh? Just read it, and see history as the obscenity it’s always been.

The current madness, despite its high profile, is pretty average. It’s simply more visible than usual. History is full of the madness, including religion in to a form of oppression, personal wealth in to an excuse for mass poverty, etc. The madness has obstructed all forms of human progress, including medicine, sanitation, research, theories of all kinds, and so on. It’s a very consistent pattern, and always comes from the most insular depths of societies.

In the last 100 years, the madness has supported:

  • Wars of all kinds, including the disastrous First World War, which predicated the geopolitics of the last century.
  • Prohibition, which funded, and still funds, organized crime, arguably the greatest abuser of law in history.
  • The return of slavery, now worldwide, affecting millions of people.
  • Extremism of all kinds, including political polarization.
  • Pollution and global warming, in the name of profits at the expense of human and environmental health.
  • The politics of “deregulation”, which is basically an excuse to commit crimes of all kinds.
  • Selective intrusions of government in to human rights of all kinds.
  • Disenfranchisement of the public in all forms, including actual inputs in to government, which is now a charade at best.
  • Low wages, despite any number of practical economic arguments to the contrary..
  • Much higher costs of living, which have done incredible damage to the previously relatively affluent West.
  • Absurdly high prices for pharmaceuticals at the expense of human health and safety. The ridiculous costs of “research” are a case in point. Researchers know how to cost their work. They don’t talk “billions” for developing a new antidepressant, for example.
  • The corruption of religion, including hate crimes, arming fanatics, and the rest of the nauseating spectacle of religious hypocrisy on all levels.
  • The psychotic level of public discourse, which prevents any rational discussion of anything.
  • The disintegration of countless  societies in the most literal form, to the point of total dysfunction.The Cultural Revolution was one of the worst examples.
  • Routine hate speech and propaganda directed at everyone, to promote disunity.
  • Routine failure to meet basic human needs. This can be anything from funding for education and health to creating obstacle courses to block access to basic needs.

Look familiar? The madness is anti-human in all possible forms. Nothing which benefits humanity is tolerated. There are countless examples of these things in various forms in history. The mentality, however, is constant. Enablers include politicians, clergy, and those who can be easily manipulated or coerced.  The most likely candidates are those who are truly talentless in their fields. There’s a large population of the truly banal, those who want power over others, etc., too.

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The 21st century Stone Age can be creatively counteracted. Creating solutions, creating better options, you name it; this is the way out of the sewer. Interestingly most sociopaths fear creativity, because it adds unknown elements to their environment.

Most of humanity’s greatest achievements have had built-in opposition. If you explore the great successes of the last few hundred years, you’ll note that these successes were achieved despite obstruction at all levels. Even flight was considered impossible in the early 1900s. Travelling at more than 25mph was proven mathematically to be impossible

“Impossible” is the classic terminology of the madness. You’d think nothing was, or ever had been, possible, if you follow this word throughout history.  This rather obscene, and useless, word is used endemically in all obstruction of new science, new economics, and any practical ideas which might improve the human condition.

The madness projects an image of almost obsessive conformity, respectability, and above all, social status. This is the magnet for mediocrity, the underachievers who can only thrive in power systems as office boys and girls.  These people run concentration camps, gulags, paedophile rings, and mad directly or indirectly oppressive governments around the world. Their leaders are the stereotypical dictators, bullies from birth, and as predictable as they seem.

When the madness ends

When the madness ends, it will be the end of:

  • Humanity’s long, pointless war against itself.
  • Corruption
  • Inequalities of all kinds
  • Greed, now obsolete
  • Obstruction to human progress and enlightenment
  • Useless ideologies which have achieved nothing but destruction
  • A hideously polluted, totally mismanaged environment
  • All cultures of fear, intimidation and oppression

When the madness ends, the world will be unrecognizable:

  • Sane societies, with no political parties and their corrupting influences and with proper representation of rights at all levels.
  • No crime, obsolete in a world where material needs are always accessible.
  • A healthy environment, with no pollution or other toxic disasters.
  • No poverty, because people are entitled to all economic necessities.
  • Free health care (easy)
  • Free education (easy)
  • Free housing (easy)
  • Free speech (easy)
  • Free food, healthy and without the non-food elements
  • Freedom of belief, without corrupt organized religions (Luther was right; if you can read, you don’t need “interpreters”, let alone psychopaths. Americans, respect that First Amendment of yours. It’s your instant fix.)
  • Aspirational societies where the future is a positive at all times
  • Fresh air, that incredible super charger of mind and body
  • Safe, sane social environments without the deranged nutcases
  • Trustworthy information accessible at all times
  • A credible, positive future

Worth a try? I think it is.

 

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Enough with the Dystopia, idiots


 

APaul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2mazing how everything seems to be about dystopia. In the days when people believed there was going to be a future, “compulsory ugliness” wasn’t particularly popular. Now it seems to be the only working vision of the  future.

Dystopia is arguably the most anti-motivational of all themes. It is also anti-survival, anti-happiness, and anti-human. Dystopia is basically a form of stupidity, turned in to media product. It’s useless. In many cases, it’s basically an obscenity in the true sense of the word.

Who needs dystopia? Do you want to wake up tomorrow morning surrounded by total failure? Exactly how interested in a landscape full of disasters can you be?

Dystopia fundamentals

Worse, dystopia has become a cliché. It’s exactly the sort of thing that you feel you don’t have to take seriously simply because it is a cliché. So when dystopia happens, you’re just as likely to think it’s some sort of movie set as anything else.

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The 21st century Stone Age can be creatively counteracted. Creating solutions, creating better options, you name it; this is the way out of the sewer. Interestingly most sociopaths fear creativity, because it adds unknown elements to their environment.

Dystopia is also related to dysfunction. They are inseparable, and dysfunction, surprisingly enough, causes dystopia. Dysfunction simply means that things don’t work properly, like “dysfunctional families”, dysfunctional societies and other supposedly hilarious things. Well chuckle, chuckle.

Imagine providing people with all the information they need to screw up everything. That’s what this dystopian crap is actually doing. No thinking required; all you have to do is follow the Easy Bake recipe for whatever catastrophe you’d like to happen. What could possibly go wrong?

Being anti-future is basically a form of regression. This means obstructing constructive ideas, propaganda against any kind of progressive thought, and as we have discovered recently, ignoring experts and anybody else who has the slightest idea what they’re talking about.

Brilliant, isn’t it? In the days when people believed there was a future, despite a real threat of nuclear war, that future was going to be terrific. Now, the future is going to be a collection of bean counting exercises, criminals, endlessly more ridiculous politicians and their psychoses, and that’s about it.

The reason for this is pretty straightforward. Dysfunction produces dysfunction. A dysfunctional society produces incompetent people, hideous situations that never need to happen, and incredibly verbose justifications for total human failure. What else could it produce?

Abolishing dystopia

Levels of expectation for the future have become so low, and stress levels so high, that thinking about the future isn’t really an option. This means nobody takes the long view on any subject, forward planning never looks more than a couple of years ahead, and life modelling is practically impossible.

What an achievement. You overpaid gerbils must be very proud. To go from unrestrained progress and genuine improvement in quality of life to this load of substandard garbage in just a couple of generations. What do you get, a medal? A dog biscuit? Peer approval in some useless meeting somewhere? Easily pleased, aren’t you?

Dystopia, like one of its hideous and equally necrotic relatives, conformity, is death. Even the dystopian idea is acceptance of failure. Abolishing dystopia would be easy enough. To have a decent future, you don’t have to have a sugar sweet theme, or some sort of fizzy rhetoric. All you need is a brain. See if you can find one somewhere, and do that instead.

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An overdue bit of praise for French band Wildpath


 

 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2Wildpath are called “orchestral thrash”, “symphonic power”, etc. and these are hardly adequate descriptions. This is one of the most genuinely interesting bands I’ve heard in years.

Tired beyond words of idea-less, cookie cutter rock bands as much as I loathe rap and 50 year old plodding wave forms, I accidentally found Wildpath on YouTube. A prog-rock fan since forever, the no-think version of rock has long since been obsolete for me, and I suddenly found myself listening to a real ideas band. I now work out to some of this band’s songs, and listen to them just about every day.

However, let’s leave my epiphanies aside for a minute. This band does nothing the easy way. Their arrangements and songs are poised, very tight, and highly charged. They typically put multiple lines in to every song, and usually add a few layers where required to build a good, interesting mix of ideas.

That’s hard work, particularly for a band which isn’t doing simple, hook-driven stuff. Sounds to me like everyone in the band gets an effective word in, because the sheer scope of some of these arrangement is much more demanding than most bands would bother trying, let alone doing.

The band, similarly, doesn’t do the flashy, easy stuff:

  • The first and very striking thing I noticed was that the current singer, Marjolaine Bernard, tends to sing the more difficult options. That’s pretty gutsy for any female rock singer. Female singers are typically under far more pressure to “present” than male rock singers. She has a good strong middle range, and could take it easy with that range. She doesn’t. She sings in a much more difficult choral range which usually only choirboys can hit. It’s not easy to sing, and can stuff up with a single misplaced note.  She does it flawlessly, and creates a single entity with these vocals, making them stand out. Pretty good for anyone who also has that melodic but powerful Sonja Kristina-like edge to her voice.
  • They’re technical realists, in many ways, and you simply don’t hear musical doodling or “noise babble”, just good, coherent, thoughtful pieces of music. I get the impression that “tech” isn’t the awe-inspiring thing for Wildpath as it is for some other bands who should know better. The benefit for listeners is a total lack of tedium, which many rock and particularly metal bands should learn from, preferably ASAP.
  • They’re unpredictable. From The Raven to When Legends Come Back To Life, Crystallized and Ice Rose, something is always happening. Not since Curved Air in its maniacal mode, peak-era Cream and cool era Traffic have I been able to say that about any band with any degree of conviction. (I really do have to like any band which will stick in a bit of gritty 12 bar in to what is basically an orchestral arrangement, and do it well, on the song Crystallized. Status Quo, eat your hearts out.)
  • The guitar is hard and often powerful, but you’re not listening to “shit, we need another meaningless, endless, solo here” with these guys . If anything, the guitar is usually a bit understated and sometimes downright taciturn, very odd for a supposedly “metal” band. Having said which, it works, too. More is not better, and this is proof. (About time some guitarists realized that the “solo is me” stuff is really just a growing phase, a sort of musical puberty, nothing like the whole story)
  • The bass is sometimes tough, but always consistent, tensile, and fast. No “quaint” bass stuff here, the bass is always on the same page as the songs, never lazy or taking the dumb. thudding options. Seriously, bass can do so much more than just use up a lot of signal and woofer time. You’d think someone would have noticed that by now, and Wildpath obviously have.
  • Keyboards are pretty much anything and everything, and they sometimes sail off on interesting journeys. Generally, the keyboards add weight, scope and melodic range. It should also be noted that keyboard players often have the unenviable task of “playing along” with underachieving bits and pieces thrown in, a problem Wildpath obviously doesn’t have.
  • The drums are surprisingly polite for a band which can do rampaging full power and do it well. Drummers all have their own preferences, as well as style, and if Wildpath doesn’t bang/crash as much as other bands, the drums deliver some real structure and range in these sometimes complex arrangements.
  • Creatively, they have a lot of depth. The acoustic arrangements of their better known songs are real rethinks, and work well. Not many bands can rethink themselves, a good character reference.
  • Musical and commercial context: The world doesn’t need yet another bit of packaging pretending to play music. The great bands are all DIY, and Wildpath is a bit overqualified in that respect. Good luck to them for doing things their way, and it’s easy to see. Musically they have an excellent standalone presence.Don’t tell them how to be themselves, and there shouldn’t be any problems.
  • Mixes are very good, if open to a few very minor, trivial nitpicking issues in some cases. To my taste, (and my taste is no guide to anything), a bit more emphasis on some parts of arrangements would be a good move.
  • Criticism, such as it is: I’d just like to see them be a bit more emphatic with some of their great lines, melodies, and hooks. This is the ultra–fiddly option, it’s time consuming and often irritating to do finicky mixes, and if they’re not doing that, I do get it. It’s just that I also hear so many choices in their stuff. (This is technically like saying the Mona Lisa should be more colourful, and about as useful, but I’m sitting here barracking for this band, and wishing for more, not less.)

To synopsize:

I’d love to see this band take off and fly as they do so often and so well. They have real off the scale moments, flying free, and I’d like to see them do that as much as possible. They have nothing to learn from the hackneyed “metal” environment, and are so far above the standard modern rock band in so many ways it’s ridiculous.

I don’t know what they’re doing currently, which I hope is an indicator of another album. They release tracks spasmodically, so it’s hard to tell, but with any luck….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are Creative Arts Supporting Oppression?


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2You’d think that the arts were purely humanistic, purely idealistic, or purely devoted to human wellbeing. Not necessarily so, in practice. Unintentionally or otherwise, the arts may provide the breeding grounds for oppression.

I’ve spent a lot of time criticising the sciences for not seeing the possible risks of new technologies and not creating safeguards for potentially high risk technologies. I think it’s only fair that I should also criticise my own line of work, for exactly the same reason.

Basic premise of creative arts supporting oppression

The problem is that whatever is put into a human mind can become a monster. Creative media of all kinds are fully plugged into human consciousness as never before. I’m not talking about visual propaganda, media propaganda, or other banal, mediocre forms of the arts. I’m talking about ideas. Creative arts, by nature, are based on a range of ideas, half arse or otherwise. Some of these ideas include direct depictions of ideologies, mentalities, insanities, and other human hobbies.

There is a long-standing theory in media psychology which is basically “monkey see, monkey do”. This means essentially that people will imitate anything and everything. Unfortunately, that also includes oppression.

If you take a look at the oppressive regimes in history, you will see that they all have direct antecedent dating back thousands of years. Even the Inquisition wasn’t a particularly original idea, it was based on ancient forms of oppression. The Holocaust, in turn, was based on ideas of racism, systematic oppression, and above all, a highly efficient, murderous method of controlling the public. Media was used as a primary form of control, involving all the arts in some form, from Wagner to posters and slogans.

Where do these ideas come from? Some of them come from history, but a lot of creative art is actually based on history and historical themes. George Orwell’s Animal Farm was based on actual history at the time, incorporating the rise of oligarchies and other obscenities in supposedly socialist states.

Orwell can be accused of nothing more than factual reporting, but Animal Farm is a particularly good example of mentalities. If you have also read The Gulag Archipelago, you may see some unsettling parallels between the two books. The problem is that one book was fiction, and the other was facts, and they have so much in common.

The psychological effects of creative media can be extremely powerful. They are even more powerful when aimed at semiliterate or illiterate people. For example, the whole idea of Western society as it is now is based largely on historical clichés. The society which produced those clichés no longer exists, but the stench lingers. Humanity is now habituated to what was really a series of depictions of daily life, originally intended to be fiction, but now turned into hideous fact.

The immortal Celts in EnglandOkay, so much for the basics. The question is whether or not a dramatic depiction of something or someone actively encourages oppression. On the same basis as “monkey see monkey do”, how many people have been inspired to become history’s leading bastards by creative media? How many people have wittingly or unwittingly written books which have become how-to manuals for oppression? How many musicians have created theme songs for tyrants?

Visual arts, in particular, are front and centre at the moment in terms of propaganda value. Whether it’s memes, photo shopped images, or “fake news” imagery, the visual arts are currently the heavy lifters for propaganda of all kinds. Some of it is intentional, some of it is unintentional, but the likely ramifications could be anything.

The problem is that they created that are now essentially carrying and supporting various types of oppression. This cannot be considered to be a harmless process. Actively supporting prejudice, injustice, and in some cases downright insanity doesn’t help anybody.

When criticising the sciences, I simply said that providing proven nut cases with advanced technologies isn’t and couldn’t be a good idea. The theory is that you can simply not provide the science to these raving lunatics. That may be more than a bit optimistic, but you can also see why that would be a good working solution.

In the case of the arts, the situation is a bit more complex. You can’t tell artists to stop producing art, any more than you can tell scientists to stop producing science. Unlike science, however, the arts are very portable, very easy to produce in any quantity in any form, and easily adapted to just about any situation. Arguably, the creative arts can potentially do much more damage to humanity than science.

Consider some of the all-too-familiar stereotypes of media:

  • The criminal genius
  • The mad scientist
  • The archetypal tyrant, real or imaginary
  • The criminal businessman
  • The fanatic(s) of all kinds
  • The psychotic manager
  • The basic sleazebag
  • The serial killer

It’s quite a list, but you can see how familiar all these characters are in real life. The question is, how many of these morons would have considered becoming these people without a bit of encouragement from creative media? Will they have had the slightest idea how to become what they became?

Answer those questions, and you will solve the problem of creative arts supporting oppression. Until then, be careful what you create, because it may come walking through the door one day.

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When insanity was interesting and useful


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2Readers please note: This is a long one. Haul up a few psychoses and something else nice to eat or drink, and settle in. Anyone living today could be forgiven for thinking insanity is just boring. In its modern form, it is. It’s usually a tangle of human issues, packaged by the psych sector in to various sorts of smug categorization, medicated, and otherwise largely ignored.

Modern insanity, in fact, leaves a lot to be desired. It’s not as interesting as it was, and it’s almost invariably related to the most banal, easily classified, types. It’s the modern equivalent of a cold, just longer lasting and occasionally fatal.

Insanity itself can equally easily be categorized in to anything which doesn’t have a rationale acceptable to others. All human thought has some sort of rationale, however unlikely, but in the case of insanity, you have to convince someone else that your rationale is acceptable, not to you, but to them.

3D flooring, picture of bed above blue sky and clouds

Source: Beddinginn.com In the past, this perspective would have been considered insane. Now it’s decor. interesting how sanity becomes dated, but insanity doesn’t, isn’t it?

In fact, insanity is having a hard time even being noticed in this society. Having forced itself in to the current repulsive environment it now inhabits, humanity is too “busy” to notice, or care, that it’s insane.  All this activity, being busy to the point of being clearly futile on any objective or personal basis, is how it happened.

Instead of dreaming of a better world, humans now visualize whole classes of mediocrities and clichés to which they aspire. Instead of being a genius, a leader in great things, or even a contributor to something worthwhile, you can now aspire to pay your phone bill, or something equally majestic. Instead of inventing a cure for anything, including yourself, you can hope one day to buy a new phone.

If you go insane, part of the problem will be that you’re not obsessed with these rationales. Why don’t you want to be some anonymous moron in a series of interminable Instagram photos?

You pervert, you.

Why aren’t you fixated on:

  • Cars and other things you can kill yourself with
  • Expensive things, however hideous and utterly pointless
  • Sex, however fictional
  • Appliances, however lethal
  • Fake financial schemes to support a delusion of wealth
  • Admiring criminals and other parasites
  • Wishing you were a serial killer being interviewed by a vegetable
  • Identifying with a high fructose street culture you know nothing about
  • Power over others, however uninteresting those others may be

If you’re not 2000% committed to aspiring to these things, you’re insane, in this society. Every single useless, anti-human idiocy is now compulsory as part of a rationale.

For example:

I bought an expensive car to improve my sex life and have a place to plug in my appliances. I then started a fake securities scam to help me meet criminals and become a serial killer who identifies with two dimensional media-created street thugs and has power over bores.

Inspiring, isn’t it? Those two sentences would have you classified as being far too sane to be worth talking to, ever again. You lucky sod.

That said – What happens when you suddenly find yourself mentally more than four years old, and need to have a life, or something? Modern insanity, alas, has no answers. It’s too shallow.

It may be able to turn you in to a gibbering lunatic, but it’s not too helpful otherwise. It may be able to deliver a sort of intellectual squalor that even a modern politician would envy, but it can’t be interesting on any level. It’s simply too samey.

To clarify:

What’s the point of being a homicidal maniac, if it’s just another day at the office, wading around with the chainsaw, as usual? Even being a pathological liar, profitable as it is, can get dull, and very unchallenging.

Worse, you can’t even generate much self-respect from all this internal psycho-laundering of your emotions and thoughts. This type of insanity goes nowhere but from A-B. C is unlikely, and the rest of the alphabet is quite out of the question because the modern form of insanity is so limiting. You need a better type of insanity, preferably the traditional type.

Please be aware: You may be forced in to hypocrisy, that lowest of pseudo-life modes, simply to convince yourself that your insanity is worth having. At this point, you’re doing all the work, and the insanity is just being lazy. That’s not where you want to be, is it?

Traditional insanity

Insanity, you say? Here’s a pretty good analysis.

First, a bit of background – Traditional insanity, unlike the modern form, wasn’t restricted to standardized formats. You could be considered, and actually be, insane, on any subject. Actual raving madness wasn’t too popular, but you could be pleasantly mad and tolerated simply because you talked about something other than sex, money, and other people.

This kept people’s vocabularies nice and moist, and allowed them to pretend they understood things. Then they could go back to their caves and laugh about those stupid wheel things and why making fire shouldn’t be invented.

In the 20th century, talking about other subjects was also qualified and supported by the fact that nobody had a clue what you were talking about, or why you were talking about it. It was a matter of personal pride to be as pig-ignorant as possible, while continuing to be classified as a vertebrate.

Suburban Instant Senility allowed people to admit they knew nothing about anything, too, which made life so much easier for everyone. Feeling secure in your ignorance, and being able to prove it so easily, enabled much of the 20th century’s most endearing atrocities.

Hence World War 1, World War 2, Vietnam, Korea, The Cultural Revolution, and a virtual horde of utterly futile world leaders who by rights should have been fed to the ants. This wasn’t insanity, in its pure form. It was stupidity, insanity’s most famous hanger-on, at work behind the scenes.

Stupidity, however, is also insanity’s most prolific hanger-on. Stupidity breeds stupidity. For instance, it’s only relatively recently that total ignoramuses have actually been able to accuse everyone else of being insane. Understanding of anything is now considered a crime, and proven idiots are permitted to talk about things they know nothing about.

OK, enough background. Assuming you’ve lived through the narrative to this point, you can now finally be put to rest and told the truth about old-style traditional insanity. Isn’t that nice?

Traditional insanity involved:

Actual intelligence: One of the most tedious hacks said about genius is that people were “either brilliant or mad”. Why not be both? In fact, how could you avoid it? Why in the name of freshly incinerated pedants would you want to be brilliant and dull as modern media or some other cultural handicap? Traditional insanity was rarely conducted to the extent of any degree of inconvenience to oneself.

Reassuringly vague: Unlike the drab, murderously verbose thesauri of modern nutters, traditionally insane people didn’t have fixed issues. They would ponder about places in the garden, for example, which they assigned totally different spectra of meaning and relevance. Their “spirit world” didn’t come with a lot of expensive merchandise, either.

Insightful: Traditional madness, oddly enough given the people who recorded it, would have flashes of real, accurate insight. These insights were often respected as actual intellectual achievements, like Archimedes, etc. Seems the ancients weren’t all that fussed about insanity, if whatever it discovered worked. Yes, that does mean that it was also interesting, in severe contrast to the trundling logic of modern “insanity”.

Beautiful: You can call modern insanity anything, but you certainly can’t call it beautiful. It’s typically trite, very narrow focused, and usually pretty forgettable. In the past, visionaries may have been insane, but had far superior aesthetics. (Actually, you have to question whether the word “beautiful” has any possible relationship at all with insanity.)

Quick: One of the most unforgivable issues with calling anyone insane is the failure to note how fast and how complex some “insane” thinking can be. It’s a matter of opinion whether you can be insane and so mentally thorough at the same time. Theoretically, and only according to his contemporary underachieving plodders in his discipline, Tesla was insane, but look how well his brief life anticipated so much future technology. (In fact, the Tesla mythos is a good indicator of the start of the practice of calling anyone who contests current norms as insane, and precious little good that thinking has ever done anyone.)

Out of the frames of reference: Traditional madness routinely goes outside all the boxes. It may refer to things nobody has ever even considered, or tried to define before. This is far too big a subject to address in adequate depth here, but just read a few bios, and watch the “insane” at work on ideas. They never put limits on themselves, and chased their ideas as far as they could go. Some might call it courage, others might call it honest intelligence.

One of the reasons for this article is that over the years I’ve done a lot of advisory work. My routine advice now is “Go mad. It saves time.”

How and why do I give this advice, you ask, perched on your throne of dazzling gems and innuendo?

Easy.

Going visibly insane gives you an excuse to do whatever you want to do without much interference from others. They’ll leave you in peace when they realise they’re hopelessly out of their depth anyway, and your insanity will be their built-in excuse.

  1. Going insane according to others drastically improves your ability to communicate with those who have also decided they no longer want to communicate with this “world”, i.e., real thinkers.
  2. People don’t argue with the insane. You’ll be spared any amount of thunderous ignorance and slow thinking.
  3. The lingering, respected image of traditional insanity means that you’ll always have that threat of possibly being right to throw at people.
  4. It’s so much more fun than waiting to go happily insane and missing out on all your options.

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Joys of a sociopathic society


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2“Sociopathic” basically means antisocial. What price, then, a society which is antisocial? There must have been societies in the past which turned against themselves, but it’s a matter of opinion whether any society has ever been as totally opposed to itself, and its own best interests, as this.

Comparing this society to the postwar society of the past, which if nothing else was glad the war was over, and looking forward to some peace, is a truly bizarre experience. The comparison is grotesque:

  1. Belief in a good future: In the 50s and 60s, everything was going to be wonderful by the year 2000.
  2. A firm belief in the rights of everybody, which sparked the basic tenets of civil rights, feminism, environmentalism and a much more inclusive society.
  3. Much stronger criticism and social inputs of the general public, largely through drastically improved education. These inputs acted as a further reinforcement, if somewhat patchy, to basic democracy.
  4. Excellent general health, brought about by science, research, and a properly equipped health sector with sane cost structures for treatments and medical management.
  5. Genuine prosperity, economic growth, and continuously improving standards of living.
  6. Improved opportunities for everybody, simply because the society was functioning well, despite the distractions.
  7. A relatively harmless crime environment, perhaps nasty, but not prevalent.
  8. Lower levels of corruption, caused by better management and proper oversight.

You’ll notice that this view of the society doesn’t include events and factors like the Cold War, political assassinations, etc. Those issues were very important, but the society as a whole was healthy enough to fight them and deal with them to the point they didn’t impede social wellbeing.

OK, so how did society become sociopathic?

Brave New World is about a stagnant,, class-based society which does nothing and goes nowhere. You may be an Alpha, but that’s compared to idiots. This is about as sociopathic as any society needs to be.

As far as I can tell, from extensive reading of history from Ssuma Chien and Herodotus to contemporary history, the sociopathic element is always present in all societies. Its influence comes and goes, according to historical events, social groupings, and in many cases economic factors.

Sociopathic elements are generally not very influential in healthy societies, which can resist and even negate their influences effectively. The sociopaths are sidelined by crises, major forms of social and technological progress, and new ideas of all kinds. In crises, the competent take over, so the sociopaths and their irrational behaviours are irrelevant to managing these issues. Social progress simply bulldozes the sociopaths, who usually don’t know how to interpret, let alone manage, that progress. Technological progress, particularly fast progress, requires learning, and the sociopaths can’t interfere until they’ve learned how.

Economically, however, the story is a bit different. The sociopaths, like everyone else in the society, benefit from prosperity. The problem is that as they accumulate wealth, they also accumulate economic power. In what can only be called an unkind habit of history, this is when the sociopaths arise as a factor in derailing societies.

The sociopathic idiom

Sociopaths are unusual in a way which also tends to bring them together. Unlike normal people, they effectively build sociopathic social structures, like societies for the dismantling of societies, as political parties. If this seems a bit unimaginative, not to say misanthropic, that’s what sociopathy is all about.

The logic is strange enough:

  • There’s a “we” who are superior to everyone else. This is what might be called bogus child psychology, rewarding oneself with a fake, promotional image. Most liars, con men, and politicians are very good at it.
  • Devaluing everyone else adds status to the sociopaths, who tend to be underachievers on just about every personal and professional level, and need to compensate.
  • Doing actual injury to others in any range of forms proves power and status, reinforcing the “we are superior” motif and adding more compensation.
  • Because politics is largely fictional in terms of everything including its own ideologies, fiction becomes a tool for advancement. Enemies are fabricated, for example, to create threats which the sociopaths then “cure” by more extreme forms of political position.
  • Other rewards, notably money, and lots of it, also follow, proving the rightness and moral virtues of being sociopathic.

These are the basics. The problem with sociopathic behaviour is that it never seems to reduce in scale. The next move must be more dramatic, more rewarding to the ego, and of course profitable. New enemies are fabricated, new issues become proof of the sociopaths’ infallibility, etc.

You may well ask:

  • Don’t they see the mistakes? Even the word “mistake” undermines the theory of superiority, which is out of the question.
  • Don’t they see the damage? It wouldn’t matter if they did. The sociopaths exist in a thematic bubble, in which damage is their weapon against their enemies.
  • Why are sociopathic societies always authoritarian? Because the authoritarian structure gives the sociopaths added status. You can be Grand Marshal of the Sewers, for example. The fact that authoritarian societies are invariably sociopathic and invariably fail, usually miserably and at horrendous human cost, isn’t an issue, either.
  • What’s the prognosis for a sociopathic society? Failure, caused by total incompetence. Failing to understand real issues, and lacking even the basic skills to deal with issues, the sociopathic society cannot manage the issues at all. Every move, without exception, will be the wrong move, until collapse.
  • What happens to people in a sociopathic society? Nothing good, for sure. A range of negatives, from difficulties simply living to a virtual horror story of oppression, neglect, and in many cases, drastically increased risks through various mechanisms of sociopathic societies, from fight clubs to stormtroopers, death squads, etc.

From my days working in the employment sector, as sociopathic an environment as you could ever wish to see

All these patterns are pretty well known, but not usually considered as being what they are, sociopathic. History and contemporary thinking often make the basic mistake of believing sociopaths to be rational, or assessing them on a rational basis. They aren’t, and can’t be rational, on any level, because the personal and group psychoses simply can’t permit rational thinking.

Rational thought, in fact, is the antithesis, of sociopathic logic. Where you may see a future, the sociopaths see an enemy, quite literally a gun pointed at them, and firing. Where you find something interesting, they find it a threat. Even logic, a skill sociopaths invariably lack, particularly multi-step logic, is a danger to them. Other people are enemies by definition. The logic of the sociopath is to fight these other people, and do as much damage as possible.

So – Are sociopathic societies insane?

 

Only to the extent that the sociopaths can penetrate it, and there is a limit. A huge irony of sociopathic societies is that the sociopaths exclude themselves from the real society. They need nominal enemies and fictional foes to vanquish. The reward system is so primitive it can’t function otherwise.

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The 21st century Stone Age can be creatively counteracted. Creating solutions, creating better options, you name it; this is the way out of the sewer. Interestingly most sociopaths fear creativity, because it adds unknown elements to their environment.

Remember that sanity is a very convenient, easily misused and abused, term. It’s nothing if not untrustworthy, in many cases. One of the less well defined expressions of a human state of mind, it presumes a rationale. Sociopaths do have a rationale, irrational as it may be to others. Their logic, based on their mindset and perceptions as sane logic is supposed to be, is sane, according to their values. You see why sanity is such a mixed blessing as a description of any human behaviour.

The fact that their sanity rarely if ever has anything at all to do with objective reality, of course, isn’t an issue for them. Like Humpty Dumpty, everything means what they say it means, and if an omelette is the result, it proves them right. Everything, in fact, proves them right. Call that sanity?

Sociopathic societies destroy themselves, usually completely. The good news is that sociopathic societies are inevitably replaced by a non-sociopathic cleanup crew. The behaviours which caused the problems can’t be used to clean them up. The problem is that the totally unnecessary digressions from social advancement which sociopaths cause can go on for decades. It’s an expensive hobby humanity should learn to avoid.

 

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The only working future choice is progressive


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The only future option is progressive. If the insane, outdated, stale, toxic political policies of today prove anything at all, it’s that they’ve had their day long ago. They’re obsolete, unworkable, and regressive at best, and genocidally suicidal at worst.

The society of the future simply cannot have the mindset of the past. The ideas of 1958 and 2018 were formed in totally different environments.

The pedant-clogged, dysfunctional “thinking” of hack policies is its own most appropriate tombstone.

Goodbye politics, progressive societies don’t need you

Politics itself is proving itself obsolete beyond redemption in so many ways. Who needs a herd of largely talentless gravy train riders, spruiking last century’s myths, literally at the expense of billions of people? The whole idea of politics needs to be reinvented as representation only, not the right to destroy lives, start wars, actively and deliberately encourage global hate, and contaminate the planet.

For an example of a progressive perspective – If the ridiculous, downright fraudulent social  “choices”  sold by politics now causing so much total grief to humanity are invariably, and uselessly, polarized, the solutions can only be depolarized. Polarization causes nothing but social dysfunction; that’s no sudden revelation. This is the general ethos of progressive thinking. Find problem, fix problem, move on to next problem. When problem solving, start with this obscene, useless polarization, and you’ll prevent problems for millennia to come.

(How, you ask? By using basic mediation and negotiation techniques. Find the common ground. Meet essential needs, and nobody has anything to bitch about. Then eliminate the remaining, much less important, sticking points. Simply by meeting needs, you’ll pre-defuse the polarized detonators. You’ll also make your fixes much more credible to both sides.)

Progressive vs problems basics

The new solutions have to be progressive, simply to keep up with the problems, and hopefully anticipate them and prevent future problems. Going backwards therefore helps nobody. It never has. It simply reinstates the problems of the past, while failing utterly to address the issues of the present or future. In many cases, it even fails to comprehend the present, let alone the future.

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The 21st century Stone Age can be creatively counteracted. Creating solutions, creating better options, you name it; this is the way out of the sewer.

Traditions can come and go, but the ultimate functional human tradition is survival. Progressive thinking is also the natural antidote to a serious, systemic issue in current history for that reason. The only available choice for human survival is to bring in new methods, new perspectives, and new, idiot-proof working social dynamics.

Proper, expert global governance could clean up the global mess, fix health, and end poverty, and do it without anyone being disenfranchised, let alone persecuted or oppressed. Anything humanity needs is perfectly possible, but not with this hideous disease of regressive thinking attached to it. Like anything which is nothing but a liability, regressionism must go. It’s no longer “democratic” or inclusive, even in theory any more at government level. Socially, it’s worse.  Well past expiry date, and due for the scrap heap before World War 1, society must be rebooted as a useful, positive environmental force for humanity.

I’m currently working on a book called Social Capitalism, which is an attempt to create a view of working options for a truly progressive, inclusive, sane, society. The future may not fully understand the level of total insanity now running this world, but hopefully, it’ll understand the cure.

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The commercial stupidity of the carbon sector


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The bizarre spectacle of stupid old guys bleating about climate, pollution, and everything else caused directly by the carbon sector is getting even older and dumber. Commercially, we’re now at the level of pure idiocy, combined with business pig ignorance.

What most of these alleged people don’t seem to know is that carbon can be made a lot more valuable in any other use than as fuel.

 

None of this revolting situation would have happened, if carbon was used more productively.

Carbon science isn’t exactly new. There are carbon polymers which can be tailored to just about any purpose. Buckminster Fullerene, the “wonder lubricant”, is a case in point. As raw carbon, oil or coal, that carbon is worth $X. As the Buckminster Fullerene, “Bucky Balls”, polymer, it’s worth millions a day to the patent owners, distributors and users. The same applies to just about all the non-fuel applications of carbon.

Graphene, the newer frontier in polymers, is a similar high value polymer, better than plastics, and open to more development. The rise of 3D printing using polymers and other materials has also changed the economic landscape for “advanced carbon” technologies. If you can print an 800 square feet house for $5000 cost to the end user, what would the value be to materials suppliers, given the gigantic demand?

A little pep talk for the carbon sector (Not PG)

Listen, you ultimate fucking morons:

  • Your entire output is being devalued by your addiction to fuels.
  • There are no excuses whatsoever for not upvaluing your own products to advanced carbon technologies, or is that idea too “nerdy” for you?
  • You’re making $X a barrel or ton when you could be making $X000. Yes, you really are that stupid, and you insist on proving it.
  • Your sector is run by absurd geriatrics who know nothing but money and have no plans at all for going forward. That’s not even debatable any more. Why the hell are you tolerating this situation? It’s your future which is being obliterated by this senility.
  • Obsolete industries, technologies and materials have only one future – The scrapheap. Your stock owners don’t have to stick around just to lose their money. Equities are vulnerable, and will become more so.
  • Advanced carbon products can solve pollution and other problems created by old carbon products. Membrane tech, etc. could clean up the world, literally atom by atom. See any future, or money, in that? If you don’t, get back in your M&Ms box.
  • Carbon can be repurposed for anything and turned in to top quality products with excellent commercial values, notably high-end technologies of all kinds. …And you’re still pissing about with fuels? Why, in the name of cute little spreadsheets, are you bothering with this crap?
  • The possibilities of advanced carbon technologies are almost literally limitless. Materials science is moving so far and so fast that those left behind have no chance of catching up. That’s particularly the case if you refuse to advance your own technologies to capitalize on new opportunities. The carbon sector is notorious for its lack of innovation, regressive inclinations and total refusal to face facts of any kind. That’s always been commercial suicide, since the Bronze Age.

These are just the basics. Trillions of dollars are at risk by failure to move forward, in commercial terms. Carbon fuel technologies will be fossils themselves soon enough, regardless of politics or the Tooth Fairy in DC.

Take your pick: Oblivion, with massive financial losses, or a future. It’s that simple, and there’s no middle ground. Now get off your arses and get it happening.

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