Apr. 27th, 2006

oneirophrenia: (Mr. Rogers)
The Passion of Gerge W. Bush, or: why the worst president in history doesn't cared if he's almost universally reviled--it only adds to his martyr-for-the-cause status.

This is what happens when you play with fundamentalist Christians too much.

I'd certainly like to see Bush's administration end with him nailed to a cross on the White House lawn. Then I could adopt his dogs and save them from insanity.
oneirophrenia: (Drunk Russian!)
You think people today are constantly bitching about how video games and online pr0n and whatnot are "corrupting our youth"? It's been going on for centuries, people. Wired.com has an excellent article quoting a number of anti-culture lines from the past 200-some years.

Witness!

Novels:

"The free access which many young people have to romances, novels, andplays has poisoned the mind and corrupted the morals of many apromising youth; and prevented others from improving their minds inuseful knowledge. Parents take care to feed their children withwholesome diet; and yet how unconcerned about the provision for themind, whether they are furnished with salutary food, or with trash,chaff, or poison?"

- Reverend Enos Hitchcock, Memoirs of the Bloomsgrove Family, 1790

Wonder what he would've thought of Jackie Collins? Or, even better, Cormac McCarthy?

Comic books:

"Many adults think that the crimes described in comic books are so farremoved from the child's life that for children they are merelysomething imaginative or fantastic. But we have found this to be agreat error. Comic books and life are connected. A bank robbery iseasily translated into the rifling of a candy store. Delinquenciesformerly restricted to adults are increasingly committed by youngpeople and children ... All child drug addicts, and all children drawninto the narcotics traffic as messengers, with whom we have hadcontact, were inveterate comic-book readers This kind of thing is notgood mental nourishment for children!"

- Fredric Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent, 1954

Ever read 30 Days of Night, buddy?

And, of course--ROCKAMAROLL!

"The effect of rock and roll on young people, is to turn them intodevil worshippers; to stimulate self-expression through sex; to provokelawlessness; impair nervous stability and destroy the sanctity ofmarriage. It is an evil influence on the youth of our country."

- Minister Albert Carter, 1956

You just need to listen to some Guns n' Fuckin' Roses, buddy.

One thing I noticed about that list, too, is that--with the exception of Hillary Clinton (who has spoken out against Grand Theft Auto)--all of the authors speaking out against how some artform or medium or another is going to destroy our youth and morals are all religious. I have yet to witness anyone ever criticize an artform or anything this vociferously from, say, aesthetic or ethical principles without invoking some kind of religious claptrap. Seriously, if anyone knows of any non-religious criticisms of art, culture, or otherwise, let me know, because I'd love to read them.
oneirophrenia: (Swirly)
<a href='http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,70726-0.html?tw=rss.index">Brain-wave patterns as biometric passwords?</a> Sure. I could see it happening. But...is it really necessary? There are much <i>simpler</i>, easier-to-access biometric signatures such as retinal prints. But, on the other hand...simple biometrics like fingerprints and retinal scans can be spoofed easily. How many cyberpunk stories have you read involving people using severed fingers and gouged-out eyes to trick fingerprint/retinal scanners? Right. In order to spoof an EEG print, you'd have to have the actual person there--not their sliced-out entire brain. So, it might be an idea. I'm sure Gibson or Sterling wrote something about this in the past.
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