[-empyre-] Greetings from the US Department of Art & Technology
Welcome empyre members. And thank you Michael, Melinda and the rest
of the empyre team for hosting the US Department of Art & Technology.
We appreciate this opportunity to voice our concerns and aspirations
in these times of extraordinary crisis as we head into one of the
most crucial elections in memory. Perhaps ever!
I would like to introduce two of my partners-in-crime (other US DAT
staff members will be forthcoming), Deputy Secretary, Jeff Gates and
Trace Reddell, Director of the Bureau of Pharmakogeographical
Surveying. Jeff is the creator of WeTheBlog.org, a forum that has
taken on great importance in the Department's vital job of promoting
the role of the artist in society. As Jeff modestly explains,
"WetheBlog.org offers discussion among media artists, cultural
critics and other creative people who are repositioning themselves
as new leaders in the governance of this planet. Read about it,
talk about it, act on it, - and be part of a political awakening."
Trace is well known for his Pharmakogeographical explorations, who
advocates systems of varied media ambiences "diverting [mass media]
from its current roadmap to manufactured similitude through an
hallucinatory recycling of composted media content."
Here at empyre, our plan is to instigate discussion and various forms
of provocative and sometimes revolutionary discourse on the state of
the political environment and humanity in general as we head into the
election on November 2nd.
We intend to invent explosive material to toss into the
political-economic bunkers here on the empyre list, and bridge this
commentary with our multimedia critique on WeTheBlog.org. Just
yesterday, Jeff posted video documentation of George W. from the now
infamous "split-screen" controversy swirling around the presidential
debate. As Jeff pointed out, "the debate rules were designed to
obfuscate and neutralize the candidates' differences -an injustice to
the American people trying to make a difficult decision." We now see
the power of the media to both neutralize and highlight these
differences, a balancing act upon which our democracy now finds
Please join us as we head down what already appears to be a
tumultuous path towards the election (and perhaps the End of the
World depending upon the outcome). If you should desire a moment of
diversion and anarchic entertainment, please tune in to the Media
Deconstruction Kit (http://www.experimentalparty.org/mdk) where Fox
News is being manipulated and re-broadcast on-line, live and
real-time. Fair and balanced cultural appropriation! Or, should you
be inclined to voice your opinion on the daily threat condition of
the US Government, please visit Jonah Brucker-Cohen's Homeland
Insecurity Advisory System (http://www.usinsecurity.us), another of
the Department's initiatives.
And if we're really lucky, perhaps Abe Golam might rear his devilish head!
Thank you for having us.
Randall M. Packer
Secretary, US Department of Art & Technology
US Department of Art & Technology
Experimental Party DisInformation Center / On-line
Homeland Insecurity Advisory System
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