the influencing machine
August 25, 2003 5:03 AM   Subscribe

the influencing machine
posted by crunchland (12 comments total)
(whispering voice):
Has anyone got a lozenge?

Deeply disturbing.
posted by jpburns at 5:18 AM on August 25, 2003

I remember first reading about this in Jerry Mander's book Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television. Here's a choice quote:

'...In any event , there is no question that television does what the schizophrenic fantasy says it does. It places in our minds images of reality which are outside our experience. The pictures come in the form of rays from a box. They cause changes in feeling and ... utter confusion as to what is real and what is not.’
posted by jeremias at 5:54 AM on August 25, 2003

Indeed, this is somewhat disturbing.

That whispering voice reminds me of a creepier viersion of The Central Scrutinizer from Zappa's Joe's Garage.
Nice link, crunch.
posted by ashbury at 6:22 AM on August 25, 2003

I got fed-up waiting for it to load on dial-up.

Was that the influence it was supposed to have?
posted by Blue Stone at 6:28 AM on August 25, 2003

Hell, I got fed up waiting for it to load on ADSL. What is it, how big is it, and can we please have a save-target-as link?
posted by aeschenkarnos at 6:49 AM on August 25, 2003

Dr. Benway, please call your office.
posted by m@ at 6:57 AM on August 25, 2003

I only wish there was more to the presentation. It almost teases you in to thinking there's more information held within by using page numbers in the thousands.

Now the research begins.
posted by phylum sinter at 6:58 AM on August 25, 2003

Yeah that voice was deeply creepy. I somehow managed to miss that it was talking about a television till I read the comments. In hind site I need some coffee. I still think the 1950's coined the best phrase to describe the television, "Idiot Box."
posted by sourbrew at 7:16 AM on August 25, 2003

This is the online version of an Interactive Video Installation piece constructed by one Zoe Beloff if the site is to be believed. The rest of her work looks also interestingly creepy. Plus her dad's a Parapsychologist. Apparently those mefites in Pittsburgh can go see the installation in person in October, although I can't find much on the Pittsburgh Filmmakers site...
posted by daver at 8:29 AM on August 25, 2003

From the Four Arguments link above:

Why do you think they call it programming?

What a great way to take home the point of the article. =)
posted by joquarky at 12:53 PM on August 25, 2003

I actually had to pause my Bad Religion to watch this site. What gives?
posted by Keyser Soze at 1:07 PM on August 25, 2003

Weird, disturbing, twisted, strange.

[this is good]
posted by dg at 5:59 PM on August 25, 2003

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