With a certain density of human population on a planet, only so much freedom is possible. In fact, most people in recorded history have lived under terrible oppression. It is a part of modern western mythology that growing freedom is destiny, but it is taken or scammed away so easily, that one might wonder if human tendency is in the opposite direction. Most things can be controlled in society and in a majority of individuals with little directive energy once set in motion, but the creative impulse can't ever be completely eradicated, and it doesn't take a huge endeavour to upset the whole arrangement. If this impulse is channelled less through culture and custom it comes out in twisted forms, commonly the SNAFU principle.
Seventh Trip, or Netzach (the SNAFU Principle)The gaze of the digital panopticon covers the planet like concrete covering suburbia and like flowers growing up through concrete, alternate views and strange oppositional creativity inevitably seeps through. It's something that's bound to infect even those who waste the potential of their human lives for employment in the surveillance machine. Recent revelations brought to the world courtesy Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald told us that the greatest monument to surveillance and societal control ever built has been in place for a decade and it's more ever present and ubiquitous than anyone could ever have conceived. Much protest and resistance ensued following the uncovering of PRISM and Xkeyscore and even more defensiveness, character assassination and hand-wringing poured forth from paid propagandists of the surveillance/military/prison/drug war industrial complex. But there are humans involved, and humans get bored. It is not in our nature to sit and watch day in and day out unless in the grip of terrible neuroses. Or born of of human/demon union.
"The most thoroughly and relentlessly Damned, banned, excluded, condemned, forbidden, ostracized, ignore, suppressed, repressed, robbed, brutalized and defamed of all Damned Things is the individual human being. The social engineers, statistician, psychologist, sociologists, market researchers, landlords, bureaucrats, captains of industry, bankers, governors, commissars, kings and presidents are perpetually forcing this Damned Thing into carefully prepared blueprints and perpetually irritated that the Damned Thing will not fit into the slot assigned it. The theologians call it a sinner and try to reform it. The governor calls it a criminal and tries to punish it. the psychologist calls it a neurotic and tries to cure it. Still, the Damned Thing will not fit into their slots. - Never Whistle While You're Pissing by Hagbard Celine
“But now the giants who are born from the (union of) the spirits and the flesh shall be called evil spirits upon the earth, because their dwelling shall be upon the earth and inside the earth. Evil spirits have come out of their bodies. Because from the day that they were created from the holy ones they became the Watchers; their first origin is the spiritual foundation. They will become evil upon the earth and shall be called evil spirits. The dwelling of the spiritual beings of heaven is heaven; but the dwelling of the spirits of the earth, which are born upon the earth, is in the earth. The spirits of the giants oppress each other, they will corrupt, fall, be excited, and fall upon the earth, and cause sorrow. They eat no food, nor become thirsty, nor find obstacles. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of the people and against the women, because they have proceeded forth (from them). – 1 Enoch 15It is the tendency for non-demonoid people to use anything that transmits as an opportunity to perform and the ability of humans to find ways to weave art into any medium that will carry it, even if the audience is only made up of NSA droids who spend their day along with ceiling cat to watch you masturbate. Twitter users jokingly address anonymous NSA agents, but one can not send an email or farcebook message without an awareness on some level that the government will collect and store it and any entity in the power structure will suck it up and use it to monitor, to sell, to track and to analyse every detail. But there a people tending the machine, and riding the current flowing through their memetic makeup is the Damned Thing. The edifice is riddled with it.
Recently over here, there was a case where it was suspected that the people who monitor security screens were taking unnecessary toilet breaks and gossiping when they should be watching us. So it was decided that the only sensible thing to do was to put a security camera in the monitor room. [Laughs] This is answering the question that Juvenal asked so succinctly all those years ago: Who watches the watchmen? The answer is more watchmen! And yet more watchmen watch them... - Alan Moore Salon InterviewWatchers watching watchers watching watchers - turtles (or Nephilim all the way down)... The greatest danger to this omnipresent network of control, with its thousands of busy bees working and sifting and weaving its gossamer threads into every virtual and physical place on earth, is not leakers, activists or terrorists. It is the characteristic of humans engaged in pointless and evil jobs to unconsciously fuck up the cold, disloyal edifice that employs them.I have just started to ponder the thought, so I have no conclusions at this point, but will generations of artists act and create differently than the generations past that had the luxury of being alone in their process. Will the gaze of the ever-present observer alter the nature of the artist? The incoming and interactive aspects of pervasive digitalia have been noted as distractions many times, but what might come of even the unconscious notion that the entire process of creating work on these machines being watched? The boss is always looking over the shoulder and nothing happens unobserved inside the panopticon. As genuine art creation is co-opted for the service of its enemy if it reaches the potential to influence the world, perhaps art can co-opt the tendency for snafu inherent in any human created system.