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Pop Future from the 1960s... did they get it right?
 

 
"Pop" Future


Searching for patterns in the noise...
Aggregating transmissions from the collective conscious...
Predicting the Future from what emerges.

I can tell your future, just look what's in your hand...Humans have striven to foretell the future ever since the first soothsayer rolled out a “fistful of bones” to interpret their meaning. Forecasting ritual has been with us since the end of the Paleolithic era. Over time, the archaic soothsayer gave way to the oracle and oracular institutions, which became the early mystery schools. In turn, the ancient mystery schools slowly gave way to organized religions. As such, divination and religion have always been intertwined.

Occurring on a parallel timeline with the oracular mystery schools was the ancient tradition of
theatre. The earliest theatric performances were “high ritual” and ceremony. They presented the sacred mysteries to initiates and spectators. Thus modern theatre (and modern stage magic) has its roots in presenting or demonstrating the mysteries.

Divination,
ritual and theatre are arguably the foundation of archaic culture. The understandings of such, by the general population over time, took the form of: legend, music, oral histories, proverbs, superstitions, jokes and tall tales. Taken together, these understandings became popular beliefs, or folklore. In our modern era, folklore is rapidly being replaced by popular or “pop” mass-media culture. Accordingly, today’s mass-media, entertainment-driven culture is built upon a foundation of ancient ritual, designed to predict the future.

Early in the 21st century, the archaic tradition of seeking meaningful, synchronistic information through oracularity... utilizing the artful abilities of the oracle... re-emerged as if in response to the rise and proliferation of pop-culture. The term “Synchromysticism” was coined by Jake Kotze in August of 2006 for an article posted on his website Brave New World Order, who defined it as: “The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance.” Thus, the cycle of divination, ritual and theatre “comes 'round again” in our modern “infotainment” era.

Tek-Gnostics’ “Pop Future” explores the possibilities and probabilities of our near future, as seen through the collective lens of mass and social media. The prime directive of Tek-Gnostic’s Pop Future is to provide analysis, insight and commentary on the “high weirdness” that is our Brave New Future. We pursue our prognostication of the future through critical observation of mass media, as interpreted through the applied art of synchromysticism… the art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane. It is precisely through the recognition of synchronicities that the ways of universe are revealed to us.

Consciousness Hacking          EcoTek          Homeworld Stats          Synchromysticism          Sci Fi as Sacred Text
 


Links to the Future
 


See their dreams and aspirations...
crumble in front of their face.
And all of their wicked intention...
to destroy the human race.

So come we go chant down Babylon one more time.
Come we go chant down Babylon!

- from "Chant Down Babylon" by Bob Marley

Advances in mobile communication technologies and their global availability have exposed otherwise insulated individuals and cultures to the manipulations of those who would control media content. The power of mass media in the hands of the few, poses significant risk to the freedoms of the many. This monopoly on media is a threat to personal autonomy… for in the words of Jim Morrison: “Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.” 

With this knowledge, we look for ways to “break the spell” that the black-media-magicians have cast upon a largely unsuspecting public. We look for the tools and opportunity to push back against mass media programming, to act as Culture Jammer, while developing strategies to better prepare for an uncertain future. Given the revolutionary and game-changing potential that information technologies put in the hands of the individual, the outlook is increasingly in our favor... if we are willing to fight for it. We move to take personal responsibility for building a better tomorrow. We do not expect assistance from institutions of the old paradigm. We look to none but each other in this endeavor, for...

“The future's here... we are it... we are on our own”

- from "Throwing Stones" by Robert Weir & JP Barlow
 

Item: Babylon Bandwidth by Jack Heart

The human experience is, to an ever increasing extent, being mediated by various information technologies. Indeed, the last 500 years of human history has been defined by breakthroughs in media. The Media's Tentaclesprinting press, the telephone, motion pictures, television, personal computing & the internet, cell phones & wireless devices... and the most recent rise of social media... have all mediated or “come between” humans and their desired data. These information platforms deliver our “content” with ever increasing immediacy. As this content is now instantly made available, our attention turns to those in control of content and it's flow.

Modern media, defined here as the communications, entertainment and advertising industries, are suspect in that they dictate the content being delivered to the public. Media moguls within the entertainment industry control content, who in turn are influenced by advertising agencies that (along with their clients) bankroll the production costs of entertainment programming. Communications companies deliver, via their networks and a tech-driven  array of wireless gadgetry, data rich content, created to a great extent by the entertainment industry.

This powerful media triad... communications, entertainment and advertising... secure political favor through the power of the lobbying Apple's Big Brotherindustry, which controls what increasingly has become a “reality TV form of government. As opposed to other powerful industries seeking influence over our government such as Big Oil, the media triad's commodity is essentially the manipulation of the people's perceptions. Seeing an opportunity, our government seeks a “Quid pro quo.” As such, these industries wield enormous power and influence and cannot be trusted by virtue of the age-old adage that absolute power, corrupts absolutely.

Take television (please!). There is a reason why TV executives refer to shows they produce as “programming.” There is a reason why advertisers pay small fortunes for commercials and for product placement in films. Their intention is simple. They desire to program the masses to do their bidding. Overtly, they want the masses to buy their products... but covertly... they want the masses to think the way they want them to think. They want people to think like good consumers.

When exactly, was the importance of the citizen overtaken by the convenience of the consumer?

The masters of the airwaves will stop at nothing to broadcast their disinformation... to impose their version of reality to suit their nefarious agenda. This deceptive content of control we label “Babylon Bandwidth.”

Here is a subtle and formidable adversary.

Historically, at least since WWII, the US political infrastructure has been bureaucratic in nature. Recent political events have rapidly moved away from bureaucratic business as usual, to a more disruptive model. This change came about, in part, due to the rise of social media. Recent campaign cycles were driven more by social media (such as twitter) than traditional news media. Traditional media, driven, first by the big 3 television networks, then by cable news, were structured around a bureaucratic model. Social media is more disruptive in nature. It's strength is immediacy, at the cost of accuracy.

This is a game-changer for how people get their news. Social Media News is de-centralized. It acts as more of a disruptive insurgency than a bureaucratic orthodoxy.   

Pop Phenom
There is, however a major component of content delivery and control that the media masters desperately cling to. This is the all-important phenomena known as... “Popular Appeal.”

Although each agency controls their individual output, it's relative success or failure is dependant upon how it is received by the public. To be effective, output must be popular. To be popular, it must resonate on a deeply emotional (perhaps even spiritual) level with the masses. Try as they might, the media masters cannot consistently predict or control popular appeal. Consequently, each individual media mogul is forced to react... to constantly re-adjust their messaging, in response to popular sentiment.

Popularity is an intangible and more importantly, an ineffable commodity. If enough people are enamored with a media phenomenon... for a long enough period of time... it becomes a trend. This is of course the “holy grail” of the media industry. A trend, reduced to it's most basic component, becomes a Meme. Since advertising effectiveness and hence advertising revenue is dependant upon mass appeal, significant research and development resources are budgeted to study such memetic trending. For this reason, the collective output of the media industry is significant on a cultural level, as it mirrors the culture being targeted.

Close examination of the combined collective output of modern media tells us much about our global citizenry. By virtue of what is being marketed to us, modern media reveals perceived trends in how we think, feel and react to events of consequence in our world. Indeed, it illuminates collective characteristics of our consensual reality… our collective consciousness, as reflected by the manipulations of the above mentioned media masters.

In this regard, popularity of media output becomes an indicator of what resonates, what grabs the attention of specific, or in the words of the marketing magicians... target populations. By scrutinizing how we are being marketed to, we gain more insight into who we are as a culture.

By waking up to Babylon Bandwidth, we begin to understand the extent of media manipulation... we begin to realize how deep the Rabbit-hole goes.  

Today, as information technology evolves more rapidly, the media masters begin to lose control of the medium. Social media has to a certain extent, de-centralized modern media, diluting Babylon Bandwidth's hypnotic power. The perceptive and vigilant citizen can, in effect, use modern media to their advantage by gleaning trends in the media-stream.

In considering trends, specific pieces of media content lose importance. In the words of Marshall McLuhan... the medium is the message… a medium itself, not the content it carries, becomes the focal point of significance. Realization of these trends allow us to sharpen our predictive faculties in contemplating the future. By examining trends in media for purposes of prediction, we logically place emphasis on a popular or “Pop Future.” 


Synchronicity & Synchromysticism
Pop Future... or the perceived trending in entertainment,  infotainment and information services, as evidenced via the world wide web and social media platforms such as facebook, et al... is a culturally powerful predictive tool. We intend to fight back against Babylon Bandwidth, using these and other such tools to our advantage. We will examine all Fight Back!available data-streams for the purpose of predicting possible, probable and prescriptive outcomes to present day scenarios, as they pertain to personal autonomy.

We will examine the complex intertwining advancements and expectations in the hard sciences such as astronomy, physics &  biology, as well as other disciplines of relevance such as, psychology, sociology and anthropology. Additionally, we pursue intuitive disciplines, peering through the lens of the new and relatively esoteric interdisciplinary system known as Synchromysticism.

Synchromysticism is heavily influenced by the study of the collective unconscious as pioneered by Dr. Carl Jung. Jung was the founder of analytical psychology. He emphasized understanding the psyche through exploring the worlds of dreams, art, mythology, religion and philosophy. One of his most notable ideas is the concept of synchronicity. Jung created the term synchronicity to describe the alignment of universal forces” with the life experiences of an individual. Jung believed that many experiences perceived as coincidences were not merely due to chance, but instead reflected the creation of an event or circumstance by the alignment of such forces. In difference to these forces, consideration is given to the power of mass media and its influence on humanity’s psyche.

Pop Future seeks to illuminate the mysterious universal synchronicities, as mirrored by mass media, to better understand the forces that are at work, shaping our newly emerging global culture. By searching for patterns in the noise... by aggregating  and analyzing transmissions from the collective conscious... we will harness the resulting information to our advantage... forecasting the Future from what emerges.

Find below a collection of in-house and third party links that may prove useful in our memetic endeavors...

 

 

 

Futurology
Hyperlinks

Accelerating Future

Acceleration Studies

Center for Future Studies

Doug Rushkoff

Future Positive

Future Primitive

GBN

Global Guerrillas



H+ Magazine    Institute for the Future     Imagining the 10th Dimension

Near Future Laboratory     Open the Future     Orbital Vector     Plausible Futures

Resilient Communities     Serious Wonder     Singularity U     Tech Levels     World Future Society

 

the Eyes have it...

 
Sci (Fi) Blogs

2001: A Space Odyssey

Beyond the Beyond

Borg

FutureConscience

Orbital Vector

PDK Blog



 

Pop Culture

io9

Nerd Blerp

TheoFantastique

Ultraculture


 
Synchromystic Blogs

Brave New World Order

Dedroidify

Groupname for Grapejuice

iAhuasca

Kosmos Idikos

The Libyan Sibyl

 

Synchromystic Pop Culture

The Sync List

The Secret Sun

Visup

Watching the Watchmen

Wrong Way Wizard

 


Tek-Gnostics Hyperlinks

The Azhar Book     Buckminster Fuller

DNA & Future Memory     Consciousness Hacking     ET Cultural Competency

EcoTek     Exegesis

Memetic Engineering     Sci Fi as Sacred Text

SMI²LE     Space Age Satori     Wake up, Neo...

 

 

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