Saturday, March 29, 2014

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E3 Save Last One and Do Zombies Believe In God?

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 article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E2 Bloodletting or is Rick Menstruating?

For the amount of tragedy and death involved in The Walking Dead there is surprisingly few religious references. Most of the God references that come from characters who have explicitly stated an ambiguous relationship towards God. In Blood Letting Rick belts out a prayer in an empty church while Shane and Carl wait outside. In the prayer, he seeks a sign in order to silence the dialog in his own head. The battle ground of his self-esteem. He can't make up his mind if he has the kind of fidelity a leader needs towards his own actions.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E2 Bloodletting or is Rick Menstruating?

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 article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E1 What Lies Ahead and Do Zombies Poop?

Bloodletting is an old school method of medical treatment. Letting out some blood is based on the idea that too much blood built up in a human’s body which created tension or pressure that drove people crazy. Bloodletting was located in an Aristotelian medical model of mediums. In order to keep a proper sense of order a body needed to maintain a balance between extremes. Wikipedia argues “that “Bleeding” a patient to health was modeled on the process of menstruation. Hippocrates believed that menstruation functioned to “purge women of bad humors (Wiki)."

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Black Christmas (2006), Capitalism and Family

Black Christmas plays with the idea of family. Family for most of is the safest place we know. We grow up with parents or guardians that support our normative development, while seeking to help us become adults who can integrate into the adult realm of capitalism. We are taught to treasure, moral values that help support the idea that the pursuit of money is riveted into our sense of self-worth.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Fan Mail: Who is this Punk? and Marxism in America

It is a really interesting way to introduce yourself with the question " Who is this punk?" haha
PS: I'm very interested in the Marxism in the US. What is the current status of the Marxism there?
Cheers!
Interrogating Ideology With A Chainsaw's Response:

Thank you for your message. 'Who is this punk?'- is a phrase I use when introducing myself to others. Or as an ice breaker in a speech or training. It gets me laughs. Sometimes I'll say, 'who is this white punk?' if I'm seeking to make a point about institutionalized racism.I wish I had a better answer about the state of Marxism in America. I'm the only Marxist I know, and that is one of the reasons I started blogging. I've been studying social work for the last several years, and am currently on the last term of my masters, and I have found that over the last three years I am the only person who ever mention racism, class-ism, or political economy in my education. When I visited the Jane Adam's hull house museum in Chicago I was surprised by how many anarchists and communists were involved with the social work tradition. Marxism in America is a hidden tradition. The social work tradition has a tenancy to dislocated itself from actual history. I remember one of my text books mentioned Eric Fromm, and didn't think it was necessary to include the fact that his psychoanalytic theory was half derived from Marxism.

There are a few national communist parties, but they have not been too relevant that I am aware of for a long time. I'd like to say that the communist party USA is the largest group. Seconded by the that the Revolutionary Communist Party. But I'm not sure. They have couple bookstores in major cities, and distribute a newspaper. Like many things when an idea or religion hit America it splits in to an incredible amount of factions. I attend an Occupy Chicago 2 day summit and they had a panel of Chicago communist and anarchist but they spent the whole time arguing about theory in a very divisive way.

On the academic side there are a few writers out there pumping out some great theory. The Haymarket book company continually publishes some great writers. Marxism in Praxis seems all talk. The American culture and lifestyle makes it very difficult to find the leisure time to organize when folks are barely getting paid to live, and anti-intellectualism is deep into the core of society. Thinking beyond what happened last week on American Idol is a painful task for most.

Also, there's probably Marxist organizing projects I'm not aware of.

Overall, I'd argue that the state of Marxism in the US is diverse, confusing, and not totally dead.

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E1 What Lies Ahead and Do Zombies Poop?

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 article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S1E6 TS-19 And The Eternal Return Of The Zombie

Zombie's want to eat the flesh and guts of living or dead things. They are compelled by presumably biological and/or metaphysicial forces pursuing the ruthless consumption of the flesh, but what benefit do they receive from their human and animal brain snacks? The meaty parts that they ingest (swallow might not be the right word) do not give them nutritional value.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S1E6 TS-19 And The Eternal Return Of The Zombie

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 article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S1E5 Wildfire And Ricktocracy

Summary: TS-19 begins with the door to the Center of Disease control opening. Rick and company head in and meet a manic depressive named Dr. Jenner. The survivors get drunk, and showers. At the end of the episode the CDC computer system goes homicidal and activates a self-destruct sequence. Dr. Jenner decided to say behind and explode. Three of the survivors join him. Two change their mind, and the rest of the survivors ride off into the sunset as the CDC explodes.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S1E5 Wildfire And Ricktocracy

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 article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S1E4 Vatos And Occupy Deez Brainz

Between Rick and Shane there is a problem and her name is Lori. Shane uses her to try to flip Rick on his plan to head to the CDC. Rick uses her to alleviate his doubt and validated his self-esteem. Lori plays Rick against Shane in order to get him to stop dogging on her for some lovin' and uses Rick in order raise her status in the group (this is based on the idea that Lori knows that Rick is a more powerful leader than Shane and will win over the group.) The fate of the group is depends on the outcomes of this tense love triangle.

Interrogating Benjamin Kunkel's Utopia or Bust: A Guide to the Present Crisis

In Utopia or Bust: A Guide to the Present Crisis Benjamin Kunkel is seeking to provide readers with a concise overview of important progressive intellectuals and their work. Krunkel describes and thinks through the work of; David Harvey, Fredric Jameson, Robert Brenner, David Graeber, Slavoj Zizek and Boris Groys. I am very well read Slavoj Zizek, and moderately read in Fredric Jameson and David Harvey. The rest of the cast of characters are new names for me.

Chainsaw Exorcism with Blogger Creed Noir of Machinations Into Madness about upcoming Film Festival "Mass Hysteria"

Creed Noir is the face of Machinations into Madness. He embodies the unique brand of this blog and personifies the themes of Madness, Paranormal & Occult, and the Macabre that Machinations into Madness holds dear. Creed Noir is hosting a terrifying and twisted film festival called Mass Hysteria. Dead lines for entry is May 12, 2014. The following is a transcript from an interrogation with Creed Noir. 

Could you tell me about yourself and Machinations Into Madness?

Psychological Horror is something I have always been fascinated with. It's not the cheap jump scares, the endless gore, the torture of someone we don't know, or the random pursuit of body counts. It's what's going on in the mind that can be the scariest. It is this reason that Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft are credited as major influences on myself and Machinations into Madness. It is the fear of the unknown, the madness, the paranormal & occult, and the macabre.

After the Dark (2013), Kitties, Extreme Philosophy, and Legitimacy.

After the Dark reminded me of the philosophy courses I took during freshman year in college. The professor would explain philosophical points through stories about his cats and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The second class was by a Frenchman who didn't trust us to read on our own and had the class reading from the textbook in class twice a week. Imagine a room of 15 reading Kant by going around the room and reading each paragraph is succession. The third philosophy course I took was logic and the professor expected the room to remember 15 logical syllogisms. Long story short a lot of people paid a lot of money to get a C.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

You're Next (2011), "I'm not a normal girl", and Gutting a Pterodactyl

Let me tell you about the kind of guy I am. Last week I was reading a chapter in a book about pick-up artistry about body language. I caught myself watching the people in the lobby, I was sitting in on my campus reading. I compared and contrasted those who walked with their head up verse down. I was wondering about how they gazed reflected their temperament. The door opened and I caught the winter draft. A thought came to me. I was wondering if the women wearing black leggings were warm enough. Over the span of an hour 60% of the woman that walked by were wearing the same style of pants. Black Leggings. I was telling this story to friends yesterday, and self-reflected in them that I wasn't all that concerned about what this fashion does not leave to the imagination, I was purely concerned about the health of the ladies who wore what appeared to me as a very thin fabric with terrible insulation. Would they get sick?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Chainsaw Exorcism with author Logan Keys her dark-and-twisted book Unhinged

Could you tell me about yourself and Unhinged?

Unhinged is a small compilation of dark and twisted stories, some written as long ago as six years. I wasn’t sure about publishing it, in fact, because I was worried about how receptive people would be to such work, but it’s done fairly well despite all and I’m incredibly happy with the feedback.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Carrie (2013), Menstrual Power and The Psychology of Bullying

Acknowledgements: In celebration of all the kick butt women in the world, I'd like to dedicate this post to my female comrades in the world who are sick of the trashy cultural expectations, dirty eyeballs, hoots and hollers, lower pay and respect all because men are in power and acting like idiots.

Was remaking Carrie a good idea? Stupid question. Get it out of your head! One of the presuppositions of the remake controversy negates two huge factors; first the film industry makes a crap pile of money, and punks across the world willingly fork out pocket change in mass for these movies. So, unless the anti-remakers suggest a plan beyond whining in the shallow puddle of collective impotence, then I say let us either do something or stop whining.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S1E4 Vatos And Occupy Deez Brainz


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 article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S1E3 Tell It To The Frogs And The Failure Of Advocacy

Summery

We enter Vatos following two groups. Rick is leading a group to recover Merle and the base camp is dealing with Jim's psychotic break. Jim is freaking out and digging graves at the top of a hill. I had a difficult time with this episode. Bear with me, I get to zombies by the end.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S1E3 Tell It To The Frogs And The Failure Of Advocacy

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 S1E2 Guts and Can Racism Survive The Apocalypse?

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The beginning of the episode Rick is reunited with his family and recruits a group to go rescue Merle, who was left chain cuffed on the roof of a building. While a Rick is on his way to Atlanta, the women in the camp are gathered around a lake washing the camp's clothing. On the other end of the lake Shane is trying to teach Carl how to catch fish and Jacqui starts a dialog:

Chainsaw Exorcism with FragmentedFears

Could you tell me about yourself and Fragmentedfears?

Fragmentedfears came from a desire to explore a new way - at least for me - of writing a fictional narrative. I like the bite aspect and the need to concentrate ideas and images that twitter brings, so I saw that as a challenge. I added a blog to complement this as I also wanted to write shorter pieces than usual, but still have enough space for some kind of narrative flow. I picked horror for the simple reason that I like it, but have never had the opportunity to explore it before. Also, I think the idea of jumping from scenario to soundbite and back, like a jump cut in a movie, seemed appropriate to the genre. In some ways, using the brevity of both forms was like a throwback to JG Ballard's idea of the concrete novel, though I think I have a more literal and straightforward narrative mind.