Monday, August 25, 2014

All Things Interrogated: Will You Fill Your Bucket With Ice Water Or Rubble? Challenge yourself!


By the time you are reading this your hair may be drenched in freezing cold water. You are in luck! There is a new social-political hair care method. Empty your bucket of any remaining water and fill it with some Palestinian rock dust still warm from a bombing. Raise the buck over your shiny hair, and up turn it! Oh no! Now you are a hot mess. Do you have a spare ice bucket?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E7 When The Dead Come Knocking and Political Torture

Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous post in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E5 Hounded, Zombie Ethics and How Many Walkers Have you Killed? 

In When The Dead Come Knocking, Glen and Maggie are tortured until they revealed the location of the base camp. Below I plan to interrogate is the methods and strategies used by Merle and The Governor to extract information. The process of interrogation is a strategy used by cops, intelligence operations and governments to extract information from a hostage, suspect or anyone who has information that may foil a potential or present threat. Interrogation opposed to flat out torture is about information.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Interrogating: Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Story Of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Story of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman is an anthropological journey into the heart of the masked hacktivists. Rather than a straight forward historical narrative, Gabriella tells her story as she embeds herself in IRC chat rooms, interviews anonymous members and theorizes Anonymous’s organization structure.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E5 Hounded, Zombie Ethics and How Many Walkers Have you Killed?

Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t for get to check out my previous post in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E5 Say The Word, The Media Apparatus and Alienation

In Hounded, Rick is still reeling from Lori's death. In the final moments of LAST EPISODE, Rick receives a phone call from an apparent group of survivors. Rick attempts to negotiation with several voices. But they are resistant to Rick’s attempts to convince them about his moral integrity. The voices ask Rick a set of questions to assess his moral equilibrium.
How many walkers have you killed?
How many people have you killed?
Why? (TWDS3E6)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Chainsaw Exorcism With Stephen Kozeniewski Author of The Ghoul Archipelago

Tell me about yourself. What is your writing philosophy?

Writing philosophy? I don’t think anyone’s ever asked me that question before. I tried googling what a writing philosophy was, but all I came up with was a bunch of notes on how to write papers on Kant.

Um…I guess if I have a philosophy it’s to always be pushing boundaries. Be transgressive. There’s no point to art if it’s not transgressive. And have something to say. There’s enough pablum out there. For the love of God, please don’t write if you don’t have a message. Of course, there’s a thin line between having something to say and evangelizing, so bear that in mind.

Pieces Of Talent (2014) And The Ideology Of Pulling A Girls Hair

Acknowledgements: Special Thanks to Kristi Ray, Joe Stauffer, and David Long for autographing and sending me a copy of this film for interrogation. Don't be a booger! Go check out the flick: Pieces of Talent.

Pieces of Talent is about a phase in a dude’s life that many never exit. Before dudes learn to buy a chick flowers, he shoots spitballs at her face or deposits gum in her hair. Guys do this because emotions fire in a brain before there is a romantic schemata to guide his actions.

Monday, August 11, 2014

28 Days Later (2002) Or Eating The Brainz Of The Post-Modern Zombie

When I caught 28 Days when in theaters, back in the day, I was not disturbed by the pace in which the zombies moved. If zombies ran or walked didn’t matter because the structure and the tension of a zombie narrative was still in the film. Survivors in a post-apocalyptic universe struggling to survive as their friends and family tried to eat their brains.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

30 Days Of Night (2007) and The Making of Neo-Conservative Terrorists

30 Day’s of Night is about the breaking point that snaps Neo-Conservatism opening a flood of terror. The film articulates this snapping point in order to show us that well-meaning conservatives have the capacity to become terrorists when an oppressive force swoops in kills your kill you, and your children. Evolutionary theory tells us that there are two primacy responses to violence. Fight or Flight. Some Palestinian communities freeze in terror immobilized when Israeli bombs explode their schools and children.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dead Alive (1992), Lawn Mower to Oedipus Complex And Womb Explosions


Dead Alive (aka Braindead) is about Lionel’s relationship with his mother. The relationship is peppered in Oedipal themes that begs the question; What is Lionel's relationship with his mother? A question mired in rampant anti-therapy mentalities that have found their way into the public consciousness. After demystifying this I will argue that the mother-son relationship allegorized by zombies, monsters and lawn mowers is materializing Lionel’s struggle to emancipate himself from the Oedipal complex.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E5 Say The Word, The Media Apparatus and Alienation


Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t for get to check out my previous post in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E4 Killer With In, Metaphoric Babies, And Lori's Irrational Political Agenda