eyescratch on Sun, 17 Nov 2002 01:23:02 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-bold] a review of http://www.zombie-and-mummy.org/

Title: a review of http://www.zombie-and-mummy.org/

Slowly the letters fill in and glow with anticipation. It is zombie-and-mummy.org that is filtering into existence. Pick a letter, you may ask? No - pick a story. 8-bit strips enshrined in the highly modern <iframe> tag - an acquiescence in the new navigator 7 from the explorer world.

Taking Trotsky at his digital best we may observe:

The fundamental feature of these approchements and similitudes lies in their completely ignoring the material foundation of the various currents, that is, their class nature and by that token their objective historical role. Instead they evaluate and classify different currents according to some external and secondary manifestation, most often according to their relation to one or another abstract principle which for the given classifier has a special professional value. Thus to the Roman pope Freemasons and Darwinists, Marxists and anarchists are twins because all of them sacrilegiously deny the immaculate conception. To Hitler, liberalism and Marxism are twins because they ignore 'blood and honor". To a democrat, fascism and Bolshevism are twins because they do not bow before universal suffrage. And so forth.

Of course this is not a game of zero and one, but of two zeros guiding us with the digital relativism Trotsky warned us about. We scroll left, the relativist side glance being upon us till the bitter end. Most likely the punch-line is missing. Being separate these two entities never get in each other's way, just their own. Then they compute in combination, the lifeless quality of their distinction remaining. With each passing week, the plot sickens to a new cutesy analogy of errors.

Trotsky continues, uninterrupted:

Undoubtedly the currents grouped above have certain common features. But the gist of the matter lies in the fact that the evolution of mankind exhausts itself neither by universal suffrage, not by 'blood and honor,' nor by the dogma of the immaculate conception. The historical process signifies primarily the class struggle; moreover, different classes in the name of different aims may in certain instances utilize similar means. Essentially it cannot be otherwise. Armies in combat are always more or less symmetrical; were there nothing in common in their methods of struggle they could not inflict blows upon each other.

For the creators it must be a weekly purging of interest that guides this cross-section of their guise. Yes, the word comedy floats off into the distance in this lingering bitterness of weekly subroutine. When, o, when will the times get better? Well, what do those palms say in this studious grip?

Trotsky, unabated:

If an ignorant peasant or shopkeeper, understanding neither the origin nor the sense of the struggle between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie, discovers himself between the two fires, he will consider both belligerent camps with equal hatred. And who are all these democratic moralists? Ideologists of intermediary layers who have fallen, or are in fear of falling between the two fires. The chief traits of the prophets of this type are alienism to great historical movements, a hardened conservative mentality, smug narrowness, and a most primitive political cowardice. More than anything moralists wish that history should leave them in peace with their petty books, little magazines, subscribers, common sense, and moral copy books. But history does not leave them in peace. It cuffs them now from the left, now from the right. Clearly - revolution and reaction, Czarism and Bolshevism, communism and fascism, Stalinism and Trotskyism - are all twins. Whoever doubts this may feel the symmetrical skull bumps upon both the right and left sides of these very moralists.

And moralists, they are, these two, risen from the deepest recesses of everybody else. By their plaintiff action they cursor our attention to the tides of self-delusion. Then the kitch starts dropping in. Every Monday.

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