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deus ex majestica
by Alex Burns (email@example.com) - June. 15, 2001
When Electronic Arts announced Majestic: The Game, it promised to combine New Media production with conspiriology subcultures (the game's plot has knowing references to Danny Casolaro, and other pivotal researchers). Like The X-Files, only more interactive. Chris Carter had employed Alex Constantine as a consultant, and 'stolen' plot ideas and motifs from Jonathan Vankin and John Whalen, Kenn Thomas and William Cooper. The Electronic Arts execs had a better idea: harness the reader-driven Slashdot Effect by creating the Majestic Alliance and get the conspiriologists to embed their own research into the game's unfolding plot. At least, that's what the rogue Anim-X programmer leaked to me, before she was 'disappeared' . . .
Deus Ex Majestica
"There is a big scene," Thomas says, "but there are little scenes within it. There's the UFO community. There's right-wing militia groups. There's the Left. There are beatnik scenes. I've made an attempt to stay connected with as many as possible."
~~ Jonathan Vankin and John Whalen, "The Story George Magazine Didn't Want You To See"
Although it infiltrated the mass consciousness briefly in the mid-1990s, the conspiriology community has never been a unified subculture. There was no academic-style 'peer-review' mechanism as a check-and-balance mechanism (save Jim Keith's caustic wit); material was published by maverick publishers like the late Ron Bonds (IllumiNet Press) and Adam Parfrey (Feral House). The equivalent to research mentors were Val Valerian, Mae Brussell and Col. L. Fletcher Prouty (who passed away on June 5th, 2001).
There were private feuds and schisms: Jeff Rense versus Art Bell, Robin Ramsey's publishing operation infiltrated by MI6 operatives, David Icke battling his own overblown imagination, or our own Lee Hoffman thwarting Project Echelon. Who needs 'Denial-of-Service' attacks when you must contend with No Such Agency?
Paranoia took a serious hit when Y2K failed to materialise, the Space Aliens didn't land, and The Lone Gummen tanked. But the New Media juggernaut rolled on, with conspiriology themes turning up in films from Fight Club to Swordfish (2001).
It was only a matter of time before a gaming company caught the scent. And Majestic does for conspiracy theorizing what Tanner '88 (1988) did for political campaigns.
Originally posted by Jadette
Holy...I want to thank you for producing that link to the TED video.
That will be the future. As someone who's had 25 years of experience in the engineering world, I see...well, this is just one of the most brilliant reimaginings of the way we do things that I have ever heard.
Originally posted by Siddharta
Looking here and there I sometimes want to intervene at OMF. But as I see, LevNic says all the things I would have to say.
Thanks for this, and also for the laughter. I always knew you are funny!
I'll keep watching this from here. It's interesting.
Originally posted by Lamâshtu
blaine, slightly OT but, something like this?
sorry but i was waiting for a chance to throw this one in
Mr. Gilles Lorant has been severely attacked by some people questioning the professional profile that he announced at the start entering FEA.Yesterday evening, he was summoned by the board of directors FEA to explained himself. He then confirmed to having given false information on his profile. As a result, the board of directors at FEA asked for the resignation of Mr. Gilles Lorant.
At this link you'll find the official communication of the F.E.A.
Mr. Gilles Lorant having lied about his profile to the FEA, it becomes impossible for the organization to support the assertions of Mr. Gilles Lorant concerning information he would have heard at the United Nations.
Originally posted by Siddharta
No further comment.