Cathedral Autophagy

Autophagy is spiraling into its cultural moment right now. The Ouroboros is our sign. It’s cybernetic mythology, self-referential looping, and auto-consuming process. There is no end to the ways the theme could be currently pursued.

Simultaneously most comic, tragic, and prominent is the reflexive perception that contemporary hegemonic power is being devoured by the media. In other words, the Cathedral is undergoing accelerated auto-cannibalization. The news is eating itself.

The Hill reports:

“I can see why a lot of folks are troubled,” Obama told a group of donors gathered at a Democratic National Committee barbecue in Purchase, N.Y. […] But the president said that current foreign policy crises across the world are not comparable to the challenges the U.S. faced during the Cold War. […] Acknowledging “the barbarity” of Islamist militants and Russia “reasserting the notion that might means right,” Obama, though, dismissed the notion that he was facing unprecedented challenges. […] “The world’s always been messy … we’re just noticing now in part because of social media,” he said, according to a White House pool report. […] “If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart” …

So the world’s supreme talking head is trying to talk us out of taking the Apocalypse Show seriously. Don’t listen to us, you’ll find it far too upsetting. If this is getting repetitive, it’s due to the pattern. Catatonia is the final prescription. We’ve clearly passed beyond irony into something altogether more twisted. The intriguing syndrome labeled Horror autotoxicus seems to be ready for political-economic application.

August 31, 2014admin 18 Comments »
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  • sobl Says:

    It is a bit delicious to hear a man elected to fix the broken US system, using its brokenness as part of his savior campaign, now saythe worldhas alwways been messy. All that has changed is the transmission of said messiness thru WSHH, Twitter, Youtube, etc.

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    admin Reply:

    Helter Skelter.

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    Posted on August 31st, 2014 at 5:44 pm Reply | Quote
  • Igor Stavrovsky Says:

    Since I closely read Nietshe I am constantly trying to explain time process using the metaphor of Möbius strip. One side is past, the other is future, the bending point is present. I thought that was a good way to solve the time paradox, that Deleuze mentioned in ‘The Logic of Sense’. But since I started reading you, I began to realize that my concept can be quite naive.

    P.S.
    I hope my explanation is clear, because my English is far from perfection.

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    admin Reply:

    Whether of not it turns out to be Moebian, it’s topologically fantastic. (The knotting is so tortured that I’m far from seeing the pattern clearly yet.)

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    Igor Stavrovsky Reply:

    I strongly agree. It always a problem (at least for me) of having too human view when you dealing with this question. Sure, the easiest way is available for correlationist, but it’s not entirely satisfactory.

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    Posted on August 31st, 2014 at 6:27 pm Reply | Quote
  • Mark Yuray Says:

    Autophagy i.e. death is the telos of Leftism.

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    Igor Stavrovsky Reply:

    So, undead can be considered as a sign of Leftism?

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    Nick B. Steves Reply:

    A lagging indicator I think. But yes.

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    Posted on August 31st, 2014 at 6:53 pm Reply | Quote
  • peppermint Says:

    no, they’re denouncing social media, blog comments, and other user-created content, because they finally understand that they do not control it. They were expecting their smurfs to repeat back anything they say after taking so long to educate them to, but it turns out that they still need the incentives in place for ideological control.

    Meanwhile, Obama and MSNBC denounce “the media” for being racist all the time, while the media is telling people that cops are shooting unarmed Blacks for no reason; they have always done this, and perhaps The Last Psychiatrist can help you figure out why if you can read his tl;dr and monotonous articles. He does have one point to make, and he makes it pretty often.

    Additionally, they should be afraid of news producers and news consumers cutting out the ideologically top-heavy middlemen. I’m not sure what slogans they will use against that yet.

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    admin Reply:

    To a degree, but Obama specifically called out broadcast TV news for the image of a world “falling apart”, so it’s not limited to guild defense against media decentralization.

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    Nick B. Steves Reply:

    Too bad for Obama that they invented 24 round the clock news on 6 different channels only in time for his presidency. </snark>

    In all, I remain skeptical of the power of teh wild-wild interwebz to dilute the power of the Central Narrative. (30 years ago, William F. Buckley was on Public Broadcasting. There is nothing like that today. In the States at least.) My guess is that the (necessarily) low SNR drives more people toward perceived safety. Take away the fences and the children will huddle in the middle of the field and not play as recklessly.

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  • The troll rises | The New International Outlook Says:

    […] by default enemies of progress. Where once the media landscape was able to exclude the hateful, the evil and the bigoted, now it can’t stop the spread of […]

    Posted on September 1st, 2014 at 5:21 am Reply | Quote
  • Michael Says:

    Hes the end of that generation that could still read [Orwell and Huxley my favorite leftists} that refers to the media as a tool of capitalism. You can still find waspafarians that parrot this likes its 1976.Of course they have seized the podiums and pulpits as a resut of seizing the ivy towers. But they are comfortable enough in double think that they needn’t correct the record in fact they routinely trot out the “corporate controlled media” trope when its serves them. I dont think this is leftism swallowing its tale except in the classic sense of it growing as it does so.They are not going to collapse they have freed themselves from the bounds of logic real money morality etc they float free any so called collapse will only be a crises to exploit. If the financial system crashed and they put tanks and drones on the street and restricted the internet.with their Utah server farm they would simply blame banksters and racists- nothing to see here.

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    admin Reply:

    “leftism swallowing its [own] tale” is an excellent formulation. (Has to be a T-shirt slogan in there somehow.)

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    Posted on September 1st, 2014 at 12:49 pm Reply | Quote
  • zaogao Says:

    Nitpick: Horror Autotoxicus is not a syndrome, it is what Paul Ehrlich used to describe the functioning of a “normal” human body. His reasoning went, the natural body is “horrified”about attacking itself, therefore any autoimmune dysfunction must be the effect of some disease. What you are describing in the context of the Cathedral eating itself is the absence of “Horror Autotoxicus.”

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    admin Reply:

    Thanks. (Now I’m in semiotic mourning, pondering a work-around.)

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    Posted on September 1st, 2014 at 9:35 pm Reply | Quote
  • Contemplationist Says:

    Autophagy in cell bio is usually a positive thing.
    Protein, carb and calorie restrictions can trigger it
    which leads to maintenance cleanups of cell ‘junk.’

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    Posted on September 2nd, 2014 at 6:44 pm Reply | Quote
  • Big Bill Says:

    Translated: “Its just that now The Narrative has been subverted by social media and people are ‘noticing’ stuff that we previously kept from them.”

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    Posted on September 6th, 2014 at 2:14 pm Reply | Quote

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