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Slenderman!

Opinion, The Truth

February 6, 2013

Vampires have sort of taken a hit in the modern world. We’ve got the sparkly kind, and the southern kind, and occasionally the European kind, but we know all about them and they’re not terribly frightening anymore. Same goes for werewolves. Golems. Mummies. Ghosts sometimes get away with still being scary, but that depends heavily on who’s telling the story (I’m looking at you, Insidious and Paranormal Activity 3) or failing to do so (Paranormal Activity 4). By and large, the monsters of yesteryear have lost their teeth for us, we savvy modern worlders who know so much.

But we have a need for monsters. Not the human kind, which I’m pretty sure we’d all be happier to be without. No, the real monsters, the other lurking in the shadows or hiding in plain sight, the otherworldly presence that we can define ourselves against. Something that is not, has never been, or is no longer human. Something we don’t understand, something we can challenge ourselves against, something worthy of nightmares. (more…)

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Greece is not the Word.

Opinion, The Truth

January 31, 2013

Oh, Greece. I think it’s time we had a little talk.

See, once upon a time you invented a lot of things. You were the center of culture and, in truth, the western world owes pretty much everything due to the groundwork laid by your city-states three thousand years ago. Your forays into philosophy, mathematics, drama, science, astronomy, biology, mythology… well, you did pretty much everything well. You excelled. And, yes, you made some mistakes back then, but we’ll judge you by the moralities and paradigms of that time and not ours and give you your due praises.

It’s just – and I know this is the elephant in the room, and no one really wants to talk about it – you haven’t really done much since. Philosophy, technology, politics, mathematics, physics, chemistry, navigation… you used to be the cutting edge of everything. A Macedonian thought your way of life was so great that he spread it to everyone else, whether they wanted it or not, and the Romans thought you were so damn cool that they went and did the same thing all over again. You were just that awesome.

But over the past couple thousand years you haven’t been culturally relevant at all. (more…)

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Double Standard Disco

Opinion, The Truth

January 23, 2013

So, a while back, I self published some books. That was an experience.

For a start, I wasn’t nearly the writer than that I am now, so they weren’t especially good. Also, I was trying to figure things out and had no money to speak of, so there was no editing and no real plan as to what to do with these tomes I had written (I was lucky enough to get some pretty snazzy cover art from Seb Bartnett, over at brushandpen.com, so I had that going for me).

I had tried shopping my early writing around a little, but when I explained what I wanted to do the eyes of the publishers and agents I spoke sort of glazed over. They didn’t get it. A friend of mine at the time suggested self-publishing as a means of at least getting out there, and I respected his word enough to follow through with his advice. (more…)

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Fraternity, Liberty, Equality

Opinion, The Truth

January 19, 2013

I’m a Canadian. Living Myth Media, Inc, is based in Canada.

That doesn’t mean so much anymore. Once upon a time, we divided ourselves primarily by where we were born and the culture we grew up in. The French were French, the Germans were German, and that was pretty much all there was to it. Sure, there was the nobility and the peasantry and whatever else, but there was a given social strata and it started with country and went from there. Borders were important because they were a good starting point for determining who owned what, and remember that back then we were dealing with the idea of limited physical resources as being the principle means of measuring wealth.

As we move into the Information Age, however, the idea of country is falling by the wayside. The various developing nations are still claiming national identity, and those who haven’t embraced the new paradigm are doing likewise, but it’s hard to think of yourself as being from a certain special place when you can talk to anyone, anywhere, at anytime just by clicking a few buttons. (more…)

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Paradigm Shifts Happen

Opinion, The Truth

January 13, 2013

Last time, we touched on the idea of paradigm shift. This is actually some pretty heady stuff, but it’s a concept that needs to be addressed.

See, the world changes. Our understanding of the world changes. We are not the apex of human thought or evolution, and not even necessarily the apex of human thought or evolution throughout history. Our species is in a constant state of flux and our understanding of the world goes with it.

We’re doing things now that would have been considered impossible five hundred years before now, and it’s likely we’ll be doing things five hundred years down the line that we currently believe are impossible. We laugh at our forebears’ understanding of reality and their simple moralities, but our descendants will laugh at ours, so try not to judge what came before you without considering the time in which those understandings and moralities came from. (more…)

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Integrity and Truth in the New Mythic Age

Opinion, The Truth

January 10, 2013

What do we mean when we talk about truth and integrity, especially in regards to myth, and really super especially in regards to the internet? Isn’t myth, by definition, a lie? Doesn’t the internet destroy integrity by allowing for anonymity?

One would think it would, especially if following Industrial Revolution paradigms. We’ve been taught that it was humankind’s domination and taming of minerals that defined the various eras of history, but this myth was invented during the advent of that revolution and continues to be ingrained into us today. We went from stone to bronze to iron to steel and, hey, that’s everything, right? The refinement of minerals is what makes our society work, except if that were still the case there’d probably be means of mineral refinement in our most advanced cities. (more…)

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Revenge of the Truth

Opinion, The Truth

January 3, 2013

Revenge. That’s kind of a loaded word. Revenge. But it fits.

Last week, we talked about why and how integrity was replaced with bullshit journalism. It was a fun little piece that I’m sure upset quite a few people. So, now, let’s talk about what happens when the other shoe drops.

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Bullshit Journalism

Opinion, The Truth

January 2, 2013

You might not know this, but at one point news was supposed to be objective.

Well, as objective as possible – true objectivity is impossible, as we’re all the sum of our perspectives and experiences. The news has always been slanted for or towards its audience, not really telling people anything they don’t want to hear. We don’t want to know that whatever bad guys we’re fighting are like us, and we don’t want to know that our comforts come at a cost. Fair enough. (more…)

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