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Rape Culture: Extreme Pornography / Extreme Sexuality (Part 3.2)

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Extreme Sexuality 2

“’But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.’

‘In fact,’ said Mustapha Mond, ‘you’re claiming the right to be unhappy. Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer, the right to have too little to eat; the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen tomorrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every kind.’ There was a long silence.

‘I claim them all,’ said the Savage at last.” (Aldous Huxley, Brave New World)

And:

“’Did you eat something that didn’t agree with you?’ asked Bernard.

The Savage nodded. ‘I ate civilization.’

‘What?’

‘It poisoned me; I was defiled. And then,’ he added, in a lower tone, ‘I ate my own wickedness.’” (Aldous Huxley, Brave New World)

Anti-pleasure and the Negative Sex

The principle of repression-liberation that works to energize, reveal and politically/socially engage various identities is fundamentally productive.[1] In fact, that the world is seen in terms of repression-liberation at all is itself a consequence of the productive gaze – that is, a gaze which seeks to Continue reading

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Digital Mythologies / Digital Plagues (Part 2)

The Text and a Context for Prosumption

To give meaning to a text, it shouldn’t simply entertain you; it should be allowed to interweave itself inextricably into the fabric of your life. To this extent, the text still lives – Continue reading

Digital Mythologies / Digital Plagues (Part 1)


“The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”

(John Milton, Paradise Lost)

Conceptual Tactility

Calligraphic Sensuality and the Digital Text

When a person writes, there is a certain way in which they ‘inhabit’ the medium. For instance, the posture of the body as it moves the hand across the page and the feel of the letters which are returned to the writer in order for them to respond and govern their shape. This physical experience which is fed back to the writer Continue reading

The Organ with No Body: Towards Virtual Worlds – Part 2

Part 2: The Organ with No Body

“The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.” – (Jackson Pollock)

In his book, Understanding Media, McLuhan argues that our concentration on images and sounds, which has been intensified by TV, radio and cinema, leads to a reorganization of our sense ratios, mixing and mingling our sensual inputs within the whole nervous system more generally:

“For good or ill, the TV image has Continue reading

The Organ with No Body: Towards Virtual Worlds – Part 1

Part 1: Textural Experience

In his book A Clockwork Orange,Anthony Burgess, through the character of Alex, may be seen to reveal a relationship in the brain between violence and beauty. Continue reading

Violence and Involvement: The Electric Dionysus – (Part 2)

Bataille: The Electric Dionysus

Georges Bataille was perhaps one of the first to feel the weight of this problem – the chaffing effect of mechanical reason on the instantaneous electric man. In his book on eroticism, Continue reading

Violence and Involvement: The Electric Dionysus – (Part 1)


“Your children will carry the burden of your failure
handing it on to their children
generation after generation
offending the Lord of Light
Lord of Reason
Bright Apollo
whose sanctuary you will destroy…

Now you believe.
Know and accept your fate.
Let others get wisdom
yours comes too late.” – Dionysus
(Euripides’ Bacchae – A New Version by Mike Poulton,pg. 88)

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