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sun-thief-rai:

No words. She was also with Talib who was told by police to keep his hands up or they’ll blow his brains out. And some resident protestors are exhausted with everything and saying that street medics told them they’re experiencing a subcategory of PTSD.

So.

Yeah.

I’m weary.

(via wolvensnothere)

amazighprincex:

[Image: a series of tweets by justified agitator (@Awkward_Duck) on August 19, 2014.

1:23 AM: We literally laid in someone’s backyard for what seemed like an eternity while tanks rolled down the streets #Ferguson

1:26 AM: I’m live tweeting because there’s a media blackout. #Ferguson

1:33 AM: I’m so shaken. They’re literally just rolling around throwing tear gas into neighborhoods-not aggressive crowds. #Ferguson

1:34 AM: I was pouring milk over one guys eyes when they came back around and threw another at us. #Ferguson

1:51 AM: Let me repeat, THEY ARE GASSING NEIGHBORHOODS not crowds of protestors.There was only a few of us walking. there is no curfew, so why?]

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Drone reliquary #wip

Drone reliquary #wip

8bitfuture:

Graph: UFO sightings vs drinking hours.


What you think aliens don’t hit the bar

8bitfuture:

Graph: UFO sightings vs drinking hours.

What you think aliens don’t hit the bar

(Source: economist.com, via ghostbongweedofthesamurai)

For our obsolete understanding—still thinking of temples as abstract religious places that have no other purpose—it may be uncomfortable that temples like Tumblr have multiple functions. As if commerce, sex, and self-promotion had never been related to religious structures in the past. Now the flows are simply more tangled. It is more difficult to understand the differences between them. Is an image of a pretty young person half-nude with a sigil drawn on their skin asking you to support their crowd-funding project an image about sex, ego, religion, or commerce? No longer is the thought of double and triple-coded images simply anathema. The question is now about how filter out the overlapping meaning to make it understandable.
Which brings us to the hipster occult. The proliferation of occult imagery on Tumblr has had its effect, and that is to make sigils, crystals, obscure symbols, and sacred geometry into an esoteric fashion statement. Like seapunk or vaporwave, these obscure aesthetics have built themselves up from nothing but the recycling and sharing of imagery. The temple has created its own gods, constituted by nothing more than the look and feel of the walls it has been built from. Are there so many practitioners of Satanism or the esoteric teachings of Pythagoras out there? Or are there just so many fashion hipsters, wearing shirts with goats and triangles simply for the hell of it? Is all commodified, the malls just copying the sub-cultures that they find as they have now for generations? Or is the truth of the use of the symbols itself a bit occult and hard to grasp, triangles and pillars a sign of the underlying Illuminati conspiracy hiding within all of pop culture?
The Hipster Occult

For our obsolete understanding—still thinking of temples as abstract religious places that have no other purpose—it may be uncomfortable that temples like Tumblr have multiple functions. As if commerce, sex, and self-promotion had never been related to religious structures in the past. Now the flows are simply more tangled. It is more difficult to understand the differences between them. Is an image of a pretty young person half-nude with a sigil drawn on their skin asking you to support their crowd-funding project an image about sex, ego, religion, or commerce? No longer is the thought of double and triple-coded images simply anathema. The question is now about how filter out the overlapping meaning to make it understandable.

Which brings us to the hipster occult. The proliferation of occult imagery on Tumblr has had its effect, and that is to make sigils, crystals, obscure symbols, and sacred geometry into an esoteric fashion statement. Like seapunk or vaporwave, these obscure aesthetics have built themselves up from nothing but the recycling and sharing of imagery. The temple has created its own gods, constituted by nothing more than the look and feel of the walls it has been built from. Are there so many practitioners of Satanism or the esoteric teachings of Pythagoras out there? Or are there just so many fashion hipsters, wearing shirts with goats and triangles simply for the hell of it? Is all commodified, the malls just copying the sub-cultures that they find as they have now for generations? Or is the truth of the use of the symbols itself a bit occult and hard to grasp, triangles and pillars a sign of the underlying Illuminati conspiracy hiding within all of pop culture?

The Hipster Occult

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Weird Fiction performing on Saturday night at Weird Shift.

Weird Fiction performing on Saturday night at Weird Shift.

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(Source: wataridoki, via iconomancy)

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hautepop:

Anatomy of A Tumblr Trend part 2: the semantic network map

So Tumblr’s got this cool feature where, if you search for a tag, it gives you 3 related tags that are (presumably) most commonly used in combination with your search term.

So I searched for the 2 Tumblr trends I’m currently interested in - street goth and health goth - and followed these links to see what they connected to. This creates a kind of semantic network, a way to diagram how people on Tumblr link different style subcultures, based on the top three most-associated terms neighbouring each term.

The result: my crude map above, scribbled on a piece of paper.

The interesting thing: street goth and health goth aren’t connected.

They link only at the second degree, through “fashion” - which is supergeneric. People aren’t connecting the two terms any more closely.

Instead they split off with their own sets of associations. Health goth gets associated with normcore (K-HOLE’s term that’s been bizarrely adopted by mainstream fashion) and seapunk, the Tumblr trend that broke out into brief celebrity with Rihanna et al last year. This then links up to a much more visually-oriented (i.e. non-fashion) set of concepts - vaporwave, pale - ending up at net art and web art.

Meanwhile street goth is all about Hood By Air and Pyrex (labels), then “blvck”, streetwear, then trill, dope & other street slang.

So it looks like we’ve got here is two separate communities.

What separates them? Funnily enough for two monochrome aesthetics, it’s kind of black and white.

While both tags are a long way from monoethnic, street goth connects into hiphop streetwear culture which draws most directly from black culture. Whereas terms around health goth - normcore, hipster, grunge - are much whiter.

That’s really interesting.

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(What the hell is streetgoth? Read my first Anatomy of a Tumblr Trend post here. For health goth, the source, a somewhat pretentious essay.)

Wonder if there is a hidden dimension of “people who know odd sub-genres titles and tend to tag”? Seems like Tumblr tags are like a social network within a network… those who tag, tag heavily, early, often, and are part of making the name a “thing”, before it is. Thinking about “pale” in particular. #pale doesn’t mean pale, it means #pale, and people using it as a tag are using it in the #pale sense. So maybe #pale and #goth have more in common via the #, than the fact that goth’s may or may not be actually pale?

Thinking about how #over #hashtagging #on #Twitter ruins the discursive value of the tag. But on Tumblr, the tag is like an extra feature that only really exists if it is deployed within the commonly accepted currency of particular tags, e.g. #pale #normcore #vaporwave, etc.

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