‘2001’: A False-Flag Odyssey?
September 3, 2012 12:06 PM   Subscribe

Did you know that the monolith in Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001 is actually a movie screen by proxy? Did you further know that the entire film documents “a false-flag alien-artifact discovery” not completely dissimilar to the false-flag operation known as 9/11? You didn’t? Well, Joe Bisdin has some schooling for you. (The leopard’s eyes tell all.)
posted by joeclark (21 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Weird fit of synchronicity, but there's a discussion of conspiracy-type stuff in Metatalk right now. I don't know if maybe wrapping Bisden's stuff up in a post that's more "here's a history of Kubrickian analysis/theory stuff" roundup might work, but just sort of "did you know [nutty theory assertion]" feels like it's focusing more on the crazy-people-are-crazy angle than is really great for a post. -- cortex



 
Heywood Floyd is an anagram for defy holy wood. This probably means at least a couple things.

Truer words have seldom been spoken.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:11 PM on September 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


There really is something about Kubrick, particularly 2001 and The Shinining that inspires tin foil hats and the woOooO, isn't there.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 12:11 PM on September 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


This man has no idea what the term "false flag" means.
posted by idiopath at 12:13 PM on September 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


I read that as Joe Biden has some schooling for you and was really, really disappointed.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 12:14 PM on September 3, 2012 [3 favorites]


I read this as Joe Biden and was about to break out my protective tin hat.
posted by arcticseal at 12:14 PM on September 3, 2012


Get out of my head spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints!
posted by arcticseal at 12:15 PM on September 3, 2012


Someone's AE-35 unit may need a wee bit o' realigning.
posted by zarq at 12:16 PM on September 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


it's like arthur c clarke never existed
posted by pyramid termite at 12:17 PM on September 3, 2012 [4 favorites]


Also "Soylent Green" is an anagram for "Energy Lens To."

Coincidence?
posted by adamrice at 12:17 PM on September 3, 2012


and "inside job" is an anagram for joe bisdin

hah!
posted by pyramid termite at 12:21 PM on September 3, 2012 [3 favorites]


And "Inside Job" is an anagram for Joe Bisdin.

The whole article is an inside job! It's a false flag for false flags.
posted by Frayed Knot at 12:21 PM on September 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


On non-preview: DAMM IT!
posted by Frayed Knot at 12:22 PM on September 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


I just knew there had to be an Obama reference.
posted by arcticseal at 12:23 PM on September 3, 2012


I think there's something to the hypothesis that anyone who uses the term "false flag" is probably a wall-eyed nutter.
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 12:25 PM on September 3, 2012


I never take off the tin hat.

Never.

I will be busy for the rest of the day transcribing the text backwards. This time I'm removing the spaces and punctuation.
posted by mule98J at 12:26 PM on September 3, 2012


Are you supposed to fly your false flag on Labor Day or just on July 4th?
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:31 PM on September 3, 2012


Of course it’s amusing to mock what could be called the conspiracy-theory aspect of his analysis, but you have to admit Bisdin has an amazing eye for symbolism. Just as an example of the many he explores, the endless eyes in 2001 (though the leopard’s glinting eyes are an artifact of the brightly-lit optical effects process, I read elsewhere).
posted by joeclark at 12:37 PM on September 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


that bisden sumbitch sure do go on, dont he?
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 12:37 PM on September 3, 2012


The presentation of this screed almost makes me pine for the days when paranoid conspiracy theories on the web used weird color combinations, ALL CAPS, animated GIFs and giant blinking text. You don't need to read Time Cube, The Watcher Files or Zeta Talk to know that something in the writers is seriously out of alignment. Using Latex2HTML to generate this site with an aesthetic of clean Kubrickian starkness feels almost like... cheating, or at the very least ignoring the roots of a visual culture.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 12:37 PM on September 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


I think there's something to the hypothesis that anyone who uses the term "false flag" is probably a wall-eyed nutter.
posted by Emperor SnooKloze

Perhaps some of them are fakes who deliberately act nutty, in order to discredit anyone else who uses the term "false flag." If only there were some term to describe those fakes.
posted by RobotHero at 12:38 PM on September 3, 2012 [3 favorites]


I read these things I think, 'Jesus, dude, just go into academia, focus on some late-medieval monk, earn your doctorate and at least you'll have something to show for all the wheel spinning."

Also, I glad the memo about making the crazy important ideas you want to share legible, has gotten around.
posted by From Bklyn at 12:39 PM on September 3, 2012


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