1. In the same way, the punks were not only directly responding to increasing joblessness, changing moral standards, the rediscovery of poverty, the Depression, etc., they were dramatizing what had come to be called ‘Britain’s decline’ by constructing a language which was, in contrast to the prevailing rhetoric of the Rock Establishment, unmistakably relevant and down to earth (hence the swearing, the references to ‘fat hippies’, the rags, the lumpen poses). The punks appropriated the rhetoric of crisis which had filled the airwaves and the editorials throughout the period and translated it into tangible (and visible) terms. In the gloomy, apocalyptic ambience of the late 1970s – with massive unemployment, with the ominous violence of the Notting Hill Carnival, Grunwick, Lewisham and Ladywood – it was fitting that the punks should present themselves as‘degenerates’; as signs of the highly publicized decay which perfectly represented the atrophied condition of Great Britain. The various stylistic ensembles adopted by the punks were undoubtedly expressive of genuine aggression, frustration and anxiety. But these statements, no matter how strangely constructed, were cast in a language which was generally available – a language which was current. This accounts, first, for the appropriateness of the punk metaphor for both the members of the subculture and its opponents and,second, for the success of the punk subculture as spectacle: its ability to symptomatize a whole cluster of contemporary problems. It explains the subculture’s ability to attract new members and to produce the requisite outraged responses from the parents, teachers and employers towards whom the moral panic was directed and from the ‘moral entrepreneurs’ – the local councillors, the pundits and M.P.s – who were responsible for conducting the ‘crusade’ against it. In order to communicate disorder, the appropriate language must first be selected, even if it is to be subverted. For punk to be dismissed as chaos, it had first to ‘make sense’ as noise.
    — Dick Hebdige, Subculture: The Meaning of Style
     
  2. 21:26 13th Jul 2014

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    Reblogged from lisafrankfurtschool

    lisafrankfurtschool:

This is how one pictures the unicorn of history. Its face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, it sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of its hooves. The unicorn would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in its wings with such violence that the unicorn can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels it into the future to which its back is turned, while the pile of debris before it grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.

    lisafrankfurtschool:

    This is how one pictures the unicorn of history. Its face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, it sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of its hooves. The unicorn would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in its wings with such violence that the unicorn can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels it into the future to which its back is turned, while the pile of debris before it grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.

     
  3. 15:12 9th Jul 2014

    Notes: 341

    Reblogged from fuckyeahmarxismleninism

     
  4. 20:00 2nd Jul 2014

    Notes: 5

    Tags: david bowie

    Bowie’s meta-message was escape – from class, from sex, from personality, from obvious commitment – into a fantasy past (Isherwood’s Berlin peopled by a ghostly cast of doomed bohemians) or a science-fiction future. When the contemporary ‘crisis’ was addressed, it was done so obliquely, represented in transmogrified form as a dead world of humanoids, ambiguously relished and reviled. As far as Bowie was concerned (and the Sex Pistols after him) there could be ‘no future for you, No future for me’ and yet Bowie was responsible for opening up questions of sexual identity which had previously been repressed, ignored or merely hinted at in rock and youth culture.
    — Dick Hebdige, Subculture: The Meaning of Style
     
  5. Do you ever feel like your blood has been replaced with a low-voltage electrical current?

     
  6. 17:05 21st Jun 2014

    Notes: 1

    do you ever have the kind of dissociated state where you can’t tell where you end and the mattress begins

     
  7. 12:06 20th Jun 2014

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    Reblogged from recentgooglesearches

    recentgooglesearches:

    what was john lennon’s fursona

    realtalk

     
  8. 11:47

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    Witch beliefs, folk healing and the legend complexes related to them have generally been studied as aspects of ‘folk’, ‘unofficial’, or ‘popular’ belief or religion. But as Leonard Primiano notes, these terminologies presuppose the existence of a hierarchical, dualistic system in which the ‘official’ religion or belief, sanctioned and adopted by the hegemony, has primacy over ‘folk’, ‘popular’, or ‘unofficial’ systems, which are then viewed as inferior or illegitimate. According to Primiano, the assumption that such practices exist separate from hegemonic practices is inaccurate, since the continuum between official and unofficial religion and belief is fluid and varies according to context. Further, he asserts that this terminology has led to a devaluation of ‘folk’ belief and a denigration of popular practices.
    — Witchcraft, healing, and vernacular magic in Italy, by Sabina Magliocco (via dianaandpansson)
     
  9. 02:43 15th Jun 2014

    Notes: 1603

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    Sophie Turner: Nat Dormer. I can ask her the most stupid embarrassing questions. I’ll be like “so what does it feel like to be in love?” and she will tell me and give advice. She’s probably my biggest mentor just in general life.
     
  10. 10:38 13th Jun 2014

    Notes: 1

    Idris Elba, if you read my shitty tumblr I want you to know that I think you should audition for the role of Areo Hotah

     
  11. 18:56 12th Jun 2014

    Notes: 62

    Reblogged from demoniality

    This is the profound secret of Lovecraft’s genius, and the pure source of his poetry: he succeeded in transforming his aversion for life into an effective hostility.

    To offer an alternative to life in all its forms constitutes a permanent opposition, a permanent recourse to life—this is the poet’s mission on this earth. Howard Phillips Lovecraft fulfilled this mission.

    — From “H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life” by Michel Houellebecq (via youpretentiousyou)
     
  12. Anonymous said: How's it going?

    it ambles onward

     
  13. creaturesfromdreams:

    Creature Set #6: Slenderman

    Wikipedia:

    "The Slender Man (also known as Slenderman) is a fictional character that originated as an Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen (a.k.a "Victor Surge") in 2009. It is depicted as resembling a thin, unnaturally tall man with a blank and usually featureless face, and wearing a black suit. The Slender Man is commonly said to stalk, abduct, or traumatize people, particularly children. The Slender Man is not tied to any particular story, but appears in many disparate works of fiction, mostly composed online."

    Artists (top to bottom):

    | Jalda | Corey Hendrey | Aimee Cozza | Cachet W. | Cindy | Ian Alexis Gonzalez | Roselma Edemesia | Kumn | Jess | Lucky |

    "And it was then that Nyarlathotep came out of Egypt. Who he was, none could tell, but he was of the old native blood and looked like a Pharaoh. The fellahin knelt when they saw him, yet could not say why. He said he had risen up out of the blackness of twenty-seven centuries, and that he had heard messages from places not on this planet. Into the lands of civilisation came Nyarlathotep, swarthy, slender, and sinister, always buying strange instruments of glass and metal and combining them into instruments yet stranger. He spoke much of the sciences of electricity and psychology and gave exhibitions of power which sent his spectators away speechless, yet which swelled his fame to exceeding magnitude. Men advised one another to see Nyarlathotep, and shuddered. And where Nyarlathotep went, rest vanished, for the small hours were rent with the screams of nightmare. Never before had the screams of nightmare been such a public problem; now the wise men almost wished they could forbid sleep in the small hours, that the shrieks of cities might less horribly disturb the pale, pitying moon as it glimmered on green waters gliding under bridges, and old steeples crumbling against a sickly sky."

    "Nyarlathotep" by H. P. Lovecraft

     
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    nodamncatnodamncradle said: top five animals//top five sandwiches

    1. Cats
    2. Pigs
    3. Dogs
    4. Goats
    5. This is bullshit I love every animal

    1. me + your mom and dad
    2. Falafel
    3. me + my girlfriend and her ex’s best friend
    4. Bagel with creamcheese and lox
    5. Po’ boy
     
  15. 12:43

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    mjwatson:

    put “top five” anything in my ask and i will answer ok go