The simple ability to add colour associations to PhD chapters and the sources I have in mind for each has proven immensely useful to my mental organisation of PhD resources. It’s often the simple things that are the most effective.
I imagine, if my experience is anything to go by, that almost no one has heard this story. The GI’s themselves who were anti-war, who deserted from Vietnam, who resigned from the military, etc… this is rare stuff.
Turns out when you spend inordinate amounts of time typing, you get pretty quick at it. Quick enough that my K/D ratio in one game of ‘Text-based multiplayer shooter‘ ends up way better than in any other online shooter.
Weird how the HTML address bar can handle the strange ‘?’ character but the wordpress title can’t.
MIND CONTROL MADE EASY, or “How To Become a Cult Leader” a film by Carey Burtt.
Fantastic. I especially love the music.
It’s mentioned in the following paragraph from Rob Horning’s truly amazing ‘Theory Cults‘ post at The New Inquiry:
Lacan’s tactics, in Webster’s telling, mimic the cult-leading strategies laid out in Carey Burtt’s classic short “Mind Control Made Easy.“ Burtt’s film fairly captures my experience of graduate school (an elaborate cult or conspiracy to secure freshman composition teachers on the cheap, as cynical university administrators might view it). Some of the statements in the film — “Join our elite mission to save the world.” “All you need is two hours’ sleep.” “A: I felt an infinite emptiness. It was terrifying. B: No, that’s good. Do it more.” “A: I don’t know who I am anymore. B: Good, now you are free. In fact, there was no you there to begin with.” — seem like refractions of what I heard in seminars about subjectivity and psychoanalytical theory and poststructuralism from fellow students and from professors who were trying to be encouraging in their own peculiar way.
I totally forgot about this game until I saw a screenshot that reminded me it existed. It took a little bit of tracking down to find (thank god Robert Yang doesn’t use Google+ more is all I’ll say). Brilliant little piece.