Here's a snapshot of the Gothic lens through which CNN sees the world:
Take a minute to dwell on this screenshot from CNN.com's front page. Killings, deaths. kidnappings. Scares, fears. Hopes dimming. Even Ebola makes an appearance! "You scare me at times" indeed.
Note that this isn't from CNN's crime section, or from a side page. It's from their main page, the primary news stream they present to the world.
We at Infocult commend CNN for having the courage to see the world in so terrifying a manner. We admire CNN's willingness to shun the constraints of mere journalism, in favor of embracing the full Gothic. Welcome to the dark side, CNN!
"I beg the forgiveness of God for unleashing this hellish study upon humanity," added [Dr. Desmond Oerter, head of the Stanford team], dropping to his knees. "I am death, destroyer of worlds." Oerter then produced a pair of ballpoint pens and plunged them into his eye sockets.
[T]he heads of numerous Stanford departments, including physics, molecular biology, TV & media studies, religious studies and economics, "cannot be accounted for at this time."
In addition to the missing department heads, two of the study's coordinators have taken their own lives, and three more remain on 24-hour suicide watch at an area hospital. Of the approximately 35 individuals involved in conducting the study, only a handful of junior research assistants and student volunteers retain their sanity.
1999, and it's still excellent. Read the whole thing.
Bitelabs offers the best Gothic take on celebrity culture since Gwynneth Paltrow's skull was opened up for us all in Contagion. The Bitelabs website offers delicious meats, grown from celebrities' tissue samples. Call it glam cannibalism:
It all starts with your favorite celebrities, and a quick biopsy to obtain tissue samples. Isolating muscle stem cells, we grow celebrity meat in our proprietary bioreactors. In the tradition of Italian cured meats, we dry, age, and spice our product into fine charcuterie.
As the Bitelabs Twitter profile says, "We've never been so close to celebrities". What's not to love?
There's a crowdsourcing element, as we're encouraged to get more celebrities involved. For example,
The Franco salami must be smoky, sexy, and smooth. Franco's meat will pair with lean, strong venison. Sharp Tellicherry peppercorns and caramelized onions provide Franco's underlying flavors, complemented by a charming hint of lavender. The Franco salami’s taste will be arrogant, distinctive, and completely undeniable.
We could fire up a Kickstarter project for individual celebs, or small groups. Ah, for Bratpackwurst.
And there's also a fine Green benefit to the Bitelabs offering:
Celebrity meat production requires less than 1% of the amount of land needed for traditional farming...
Bite Labs’ meats are not affected by the growth hormones administered to farm animals, nor are they in contact with pesticides or other chemicals associated with industrial farming....
Lab grown meats are the future.
Indeed. What a vision, even if it's a viral marketing/stunt/hoax. Note that the domain is .org, not .com.
Note, too, the entertaining remix of foodie, localvore, startup, social media, marketing, and celebrity culture. Behold the new glocalism!
Perhaps we're heading towards the younger Cronenberg's vision of consuming celebrities in other ways. Or Iain Banks' glimpse of eating dictator flesh.