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|Oleg Kireev: mailradek no. 18 (Beavis and Butthead)|
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - <firstname.lastname@example.org> is the temporary home of the nettime-l list while desk.nl rebuilds its list-serving machine. please continue to send messages to <email@example.com> and your commands to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. nettime-l-temp should be active for approximately 2 weeks (11-28 Jun 99). - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Date: Tue, 13 Jul 1999 16:10:38 +0400 (MSD) From: Oleg Kireev <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: mailradek no. 18 (Beavis and Butthead) The "mailradek" project is a non-regular posting of subjective commentaries on political themes. "mailradek" texts have no copyright and can be reprinted, translated, distributed without a special authors' permission. The information about the project is available on the Website (in Russian): http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Coffeehouse/1457. Everybody who doesn't receive it can send a "subscribe english mailradek" or "subscribe russian mailradek" (a more often and full version) e-mail to email@example.com, and I'll include him into the mailing list. Address: Russia 117333 Moscow, Vavilova 48-237, tel.: (095) 137 71 31, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org text no. 80 20.06.1999 Not long ago it was an announced in "Afisha" magazine that Beavis and Butthead animated series are going to be banned because of sex and violence propaganda, and titles on MTV proclaimed that they were going to vacations till autumn. Beavis and Butthead series have already become a favourite TV show for many people because it's the only thing left from the free, ironical and postmodernist 90s. TV-Centre, ORT and "Culture" channels have been filled with some insane serious degenerates for a long time so far. We supposed the ironical postmodernists to be the first target, but the serious degenerates are pushing us back to some dark, pre-ironical, almost Brezhnevian times. A naive theoretician of the recent past could see mass-culture in Beavuis and Butthead series first of all. An unexpected example of mass-culture: it's extremely critical towards its own consumers. Beavis and Butthead are exactly those teenagers who're crowding the clubs nowadays and calling up the same MTV shows to order some videos from Lika the leader. They might be an image of the post-perestroikian generation. "How dumb you are, buttmunch. Don't you know beer must be shaken up first? I know this, la dolce vita and stuff". Aren't they those teenagers who study sex by American movies? Aren't they those shooting crowds of their excellent student classmates in America? Well, the don't reflex and they don't have the complexes. Beavis and Butthead give a manifesto of culture of an extreme and spontaneous nihilism; they ignore a "dumb" question "What can you suggest instead?" They loathe school and they won't ever work ("What for? To become a dumbass like him?") They chose to became outsiders, and this choice is not stimulated by any "dumb" pathos, heroism, resistance, rhetorics. Their hippie teacher belongs to the dying century like all the contemporary culture (the resistance culture first of all), directed to the past (historiography, analyses, development, drawing lessons). Their rage is directed against values "suggested instead" by the whole XXth century. Not only for the sake of good and Christian god gloomy Chuck Norris beats the shit out of dirty Arabs, Vietnamese and Serbs, but also the politicians call the expansion of the cheap labor market the "cultural mission of the state". The entertainment industry not only derives profit from the exploitation of the "basic instincts", but also, more than Stalin, falsifies history. The endless stream of heroic action movies about Vietnam made the world forget that it was the hamburger country who suffered the most humiliating defeat there. Apparently, that is why mass production of terrific stories about the fact that the victory of forces of Humanism, Love, and Good simply makes the intellectuals to be tolerant towards the few apologies of hate and every kind of beastiness. Maybe Beavis and Butthead will suggest something positive at the beginning of the next century but this positivity will not involve neither programmes nor ideas, but spontaneous action, maybe they will grow old enough for nachos and chicks, maybe they will be able to resist the serious degenerates returning, like Luzhkov. Oleg Kireev translation: Alexey Kovalev INFO: The "Against all parties" programm originated from the former "RADEK" magazine has been "appropriated" by the State Duma deputy Ella Panfilova. She declares it to be a "new positive step in the struggle for liberal ideas and democracy" in the famous "tycoon" Boris Berezovsky's newspaper "Nezavisimaya". That's an example of how political elites make use of the radical culture's achievements; it forces us to elaborate the ideas which they won't be able to appropriate without danger. The fax and media campaign inspirated by the Socio-ecological union and its Bulgarian ecologist partners has prevented the import of the nuclear waste from Bulgaria to Russia. Long live Socio-ecological union and its colleagues!