Tuesday, June 10, 2008

"I Have Seen the Fnords!"

Picture of the Yesterday: On the Q64 bus, driving down Jewel Avenue in Queens.

I've blogged about the fnords before, but this bus card, (part of New York City's "If you see something - say something!" anti-terrorism subway campaign,) begs me to revisit the subject. In Robert Anton Wilson & Robert Shea's sci-fi classic The Illuminatus Trilogy, the word "fnord" is hidden throughout news articles. Children are hypnotized not to realize the words are there, but upon seeing them, they are conditioned to feel anxiety and a need for the control of authority. Of course, there are no fnords in advertising, so citizens will feel comfort and peace within consumerism.

Can you see the fnords in the above picture?


P.S. - For more fnord information, please read the Principia Discordia.

P.P.S. - Did you notice the number 1944? Did you know that the last "Our Gang" film Dancing Romeo, premiered in 1944? Coincidence? Hmmm...

1 comment:

Caroline said...

If everyone says what they see there will be so much noise no-one will be able to hear anything above the din.

One of my favourite quotes wrt consumerism is:

"What some people mistake for the high cost of living is really the cost of high living." by Doug Larson

Though right now in the UK they are keeping the supposed rate of inflation down by measuring things like the cost of computer games (down) and omitting things like the cost of council tax (up and unavoidable...)

Which seems to have gone a long way from your original point... its those fnords... you just can't look straight at them...