“What I got, I got for free.
Middle finger Technology.”
~Marilyn Manson, Snake Eyes and Sissies
Khaos’s comment on my facebook wall a while back inspired a cascade of memories… most of them being a string of associations with Marilyn Manson and middle fingers. I doubt you’d believe how hard it is to find decent pictures of Manson flipping the crowd off, but that’s mainly why I haven’t included any pics (if I hadn’t gone through like twenty pages of search results – per search term – there’d be a stream of ’em here). Instead, you’ll have to settle for a little bit of my opinion, all by its lonesome…
“The internet is your last middle finger, don’t let them break it.”
That’s a pretty interesting comment, if you think about it. It’s one of the few things I think M. Manson is just flat out wrong about. You want a revolution, you aren’t going to get it by sitting at a computer monitor. It’s a good place to enable action, to spread awareness of whatever it is you might want people to be more aware of… but I’ll bet a lot of people use it the same way a lot of neophytes and newbies approach magick for the first time. They go online to a surrogate reality with their surrogate identity, creating a divide between “internet” reality and “real” reality, and that’s silly, in my opinion.
(Written November 2nd, 2011)