29 March 2006

Icons, power, and vulgar acceptance

Remember before everyone "knew" that Desert Storm and affiliated military endeavours in the Middle East were "all about the oil." I remember talking about it and receiving accusatory looks, like I was a fucking hippie or conspiricy theorist or something. (In itself, it's too bad people are thought frauds if they're interested in conspiracies. Seriously, people have conspired for millennia. So why are those who study it apparently kooky? Anyone interested, read The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli.)

Anyhow, I came across this on RINF today: "CNN Fears 9/11 Truth"

This comes at an interesting time, as I just watched the 9/11 documentary, Loose Change: Second Edition, a couple months ago. Now, please, I urge everyone to rent, order, rip, or download the documentary torrent. The filmmakers urge you to do the same. This is not a venture for capital, it's an effort of those involved to get their truth out.

The gist of the RINF piece is that CNN was to broadcast a special dealing with the 9/11 cover-up:

Hicks, a published author on the 9/11 cover-up as well as a Green Party senatorial candidate in New York was slated to appear with Asner on the program to discuss 9/11. Infowars confirmed with sources at CNN the segment was cancelled because another guest who had agreed to appear as an opposition voice to Hicks and Asner refused to participate the interview at the last moment. The CNN source further indicated that the opposition guest was none other than a former member of the Keene 9/11 whitewash Commission.

I was unaware of it until I read this, but I guess Charlie Sheen made some comments about the 9/11 whitewash. This has spurred other celebrities:

Award winning actor, director, producer, and pioneering anti-Iraq War activist Ed Asner is scheduled to appear live on the CNN Headline News program Showbiz Tonight (6pm CST). Asner is reportedly going on to support Charlie Sheen’s bold and brave stance calling for a real investigation of the events on September 11th, 2001 as well as to raise his own questions.

Also on Showbiz Tonight on March 27, actress Sharon Stone defended Sheen and his First Amendment right to speak out saying that he is brave and that it is important to confront authority.

Asner and Sheen are just two more of many celebrities who have already come forward to question the official story of what happened on 9/11.

Actor James Woods began questioning the official fable in the first weeks right after 9/11. X-Files and Lone Gunmen star Dean Haglund has already gone public on the Alex Jones Show (December 18, 2004) questioning the official story. Actor Ed Begley, Jr. hosted a 9/11 Truth Symposium in New York City several months ago.

And we have recently confirmed that one of the world’s most popular and beloved musicians is awake to the truth about 9/11 and in the very near future may be going public.

Many more major stars who are considering going public have contacted us in recent days.

Delta Force Founder Eric Haney has spoken out in the press about the “War on Terrorism” being bogus and how there is no real threat to the United States.

So this is a further look at power. Control and sway of the census prerogative through popular opinion… or whatever. The icon, which is the celeb, represents a part of the individual that they are missing — some weird sort of puzzle piece, missing from their psyche. Or perhaps under-developed is a better term.

The icon makes a decision, and consequently the decision is made for thousands, nay millions, of others. This also happens very often within families, relationships, and groups of peers or at work.

Not altogether a bad thing, I suppose. It shows how much more similar we are to an ant hill than a society capable of free thought. (If we were capable of being responsible for our own thoughts, we'd all be chillaxing in a libertarian or anarchist society. But we don't. So stop dreaming.)

This is, simply, the basis behind celebrity endorsements. People pay to get their products onto the tables before the red carpet event at the Oscars where celebs can pick, for free, what crap they wanna carry with them in front of onlookers and paparazzi. It's intelligent from the point of view of the marketer, however, in that investing $12,000 to have one of your handbags or something appear in a photo with some celeb can instantly make for a smash sell-out hit.

That brings up another topic, whether the product was "worthy" of being a sell-out hit, or if it was just because it was seen being carried by someone who is admired by millions. I remember when Avril Lavigne appeared on SNL and she was wearing a Home Hardware shirt from some town in Ontario. The next day, that particular Home Hardware received hundreds of telephone calls from fans who wanted to buy that particular shirt. An employee's shirt from Home Hardware!

So what happens when one becomes celebrity in order to inspire change? I doubt Che Guevara intended to have his face spraypainted and turned into a product for North American youth (I once saw Che socks). But who has the chutzpah to really embolden themselves amongst the vulgar masses in order to make a change? For better? For worse?

This article is interesting in that the title sums it up:

Incompetent People Most Likely To Be Confident Study Shows

The hipster set, the popular crowds, often not the artists themselves, but their adoring fans and those at the swanky martini bars and trendy cafés, most seem unaware of their entanglement in their own ego. Don't get me wrong, ego can be fun, sure. But the ones out there brooding over the shallow vanities of the masses are only doing themselves a disservice. If we truly live among the monkeys, then why not set up shop and continue our occult studies while doing so?

In the end, I think what I might be interested in is just the ending of it all, me, them, It, et cetera. And I can't stop It until I understand It.


Mario Klingemann said...

"Loose Change" can also be watched on Google Video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8260059923762628848

Fell said...

Oh excellent! Thanks, Mario.

I dig your stuff, btw///

kylark said...

Don't have much time as I'm out the door, but just wanted to say, great post.

Anonymous said...

So you are saying that the 9/11 conspiracies are Charlie Sheen's equivalent of Avril's Home Hardware shirt: the masses find non-existent value after a celebrity endorsement?

Fell said...

I do not know what happened at 9/11, and any beliefs I may have are speculation. I take sides with the intuitive part of myself that tells me that a whitewash sounds to reasonably fit with what I know, and what I sense.

My ego is also biased, and will lean more against the Bush administration. Thus, I fill in holes of what I don't know, what I will never know, with negative spins on their involvement (or lack thereof).

What I am saying, though, is that idols often iconify some sort of abstract element we're often missing ourselves. This is what allows them to make fact or fiction, cool or uncool, out of elements we don't fully understand.

Because we're unsure about our own expertise or tastes or intuition — unsure of our own grasp of our own journeys through life — we tend to believe others that come off as more important or recognised than us as more legitimate, or privy, or warranted to make decisions for us.

I suppose that is politics in a nutshell.

It's a vicious circle, unfortunately, in that most don't educate themselves and have little or no desire to further understand themselves and their environments. Thus, the power heaped upon such idols becomes a hurdle for the rest of us trying to become more self-aware. We must constantly battle the iconic power of the false idols, and question ourselves with every new adventure we undertake.