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.

Zombi's Meta Journal - Writing and Editing - and more Brainz

Dear Zombies,

I wanted to let everyone know that editing my past posts has eaten into my blogging time. Hence, I’m writing less new stuff. Good news is that I am burning through editing. I have reworked and edited posts from January and February. I will begin editing March posts today.

Why all this editing? Unlike most of the internet blogs out I’m thinking about Interrogating Ideology With A Chainsaw like writing a dissertation. If you are unfamiliar with the process it involves a lot of editing and reworking ideas. I plan to rework blog posts on an ongoing basis. I hope this accomplishes two things. 1st stronger blog posts with more solid arguments. 2nd even more snazzy content for you to read.
In that spirit, I would love your help. If you have any feedback on a post, please comment and let me know what you think.

I’ve crossed the half-way point in zombie/Marxism month! I’m pretty happy with the way most of the posts turned out. Specifically 28 Days Later and my latest Walking Dead post. I’ve started running all my posts through two editing websites: Paper Rater and Language Tool. Between the two sites they catch many editing mistakes I most frequently miss. I also switched from Libreoffice to Word 2013 and ditched Windows Live Writer entirely. I found libreoffice too time consuming to use and its editing coding missed a lot of what word catches. Windows Live Write has the same problem.
I have been thinking about a way to create a new series. My previous attempts flopped, but I’m still gonna work on it. Writing a schizoanalysis film philosophy from scratch is super difficult. What I would like to do is start a once a week series tackling current events. Focusing on one injustice or another. The inspiration for this is coming out of my rabid anger about shit hitting the fan in Ferguson and similar outrageous headlines. My plan is to write fire-y and controversial polemics about the topics. I’m still trying to figure out a good title. I was thinking: Horror of The Nation, but I’ll probably cover a lot of foreign politics. So that might send mixed signals. Continuing to play off NPR, maybe: All Things Interrogated. Actually I really like the second one. I need to do a couple things to make this successful:
• Create a weekly schedule
• Research editorial writing
• Start collecting prompts (Started already. I’m using flipboard)
Quick update on the Horror Bloggers Guild: I sent out a bunch of recruitment emails and messages. As of today there are 15 members, and I expect more by the end of the month. Many have joined the Facebook group. We have started discussing doing an event for October. More news about that in the future.

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 S3E6 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 a dude learns to buy a chick flowers, he shoots spitballs at her face or deposits gum in her hair. A guy does this because emotions fire of in his befores 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.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Zombi's Meta-Journal Operation: Horror Bloggers Guild, Time Management and Stuff I Watched and Read

I did it. In a burst of inspiration and internet clicking I created a Horror Bloggers Guild Website and Facebook group. I am pretty excited to see what the connections that internet might bring to the group. In the mean time I am sending out recruitment emails to horror bloggers that I have been following. The best and the brightest. The Guild site received a handful of applications last night and I added the blogs to the site. Booyah!

I have still am having difficulties with time management. I started using a kitchen timer app to keep rack of the time I spend blogging. The post I wrote this week took way more time than it should have. I hadn't seen Dead Alive in years. It was good to get my thoughts out on the movie. The timer has helped to keep me focused on what ever task I am working on. I have been able to accomplish more in a shorter time span.

I watched I Am Legend this week. I know there was a lot of whining about the CGI but I don't mind it. Will Smith's performance in the film rocks. I'm still thinking about what I have to say about the movie. The must frustrating aspect of the film to me is the repetition of the boring trope of the suicidal atheist who discovers belief in the last seconds of the movie. This is delusional. I think the aspect of the film I would like to explore is the fantasy that Will Smiths creates in order to function in a world by himself, and how his dogs a fetish object preventing him from truly grieving about his wife and child's death until the dog dies as well.

I also watched 30 Days Of Night, while not a zombie movie, I think it has a very similar structure. The thoughts I had while watching the film related to what drives an oppressed people to desperate terrorist actions. The film presented a series of suicidal gestures, where a character, would do something to distract the vampires while the others run for safety. I think there is an interesting comparison between the War on Terrorism and this film The lead vampire dude utters a couple lines that reinforce a strong parallel to racist patriotism that the United States deployed in service of demonizing and dehumanizing the Arab peoples.

I have passed the half way point on aa amazing book that has me chuckling and cackling out loud. The book is called  Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman. I'm learning a lot about the internet I did not know. Look for a review later next week!

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 beg 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 forget 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

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Zombi's Meta-Journal - August is for Zombies and Marxism

As per the blogging strategy I created last month I have focusing on writing about and watching zombie movies and reading Marxism this month. Last month romp through horror movies with women's issues (or errrr horror movies focusing on women's issues) was a success. I may slip in an American Mary and The Woman Post during Augusts because I didn't get to it. I'm excited to dig up and dig into some zombies!

My Zombies for August List includes:
Rammbock
Open Grave
The Night, Dawn, Day, Land, Diary and Survival of the Dead(s)
Dead Girl
28 days and weeks later
Dead Inside (zombie music. It rocks. So sad...)
Dead Alive
Contracted
The Resident Evils
(If you know any other zombie movies that desperately need to be interrogated drop me a comment)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Rammbock: Berlin Undead (2010) Hearts Are for Chivalry - Brains Are For Zombies

Michael is obsessed. His girlfriend (Gabi) has asked for a “break” in their relationship. But there is a problem. Michel has learned to depend on his projected idea of Gabi to such an extent that a break challenges his sense of self. And zombies are trying to eat both of them.