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November 3, 2010 10:04 PM   Subscribe

Art collective Paper Rad wants you to get well. (blinky)
posted by Rory Marinich (19 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Can they make a linux version of the virus? I'm just not getting it.
posted by azarbayejani at 10:12 PM on November 3, 2010

I'm pretty certain there is no virus. I actually hadn't thought to check the source code before I posted this.
posted by Rory Marinich at 10:39 PM on November 3, 2010

[sing-song] "Someone's been rooting through the new Geocities archive ..."
posted by user92371 at 10:44 PM on November 3, 2010

That made me feel unwell.
posted by hippybear at 10:58 PM on November 3, 2010

I think that just made me feel stoned...;)
posted by fantodstic at 11:01 PM on November 3, 2010

Hi mom! I'm doing fine. Yes, I'm eating well. I got your emails.
posted by naju at 11:11 PM on November 3, 2010 [6 favorites]

Is "this" supposed to be "enjoyed" in an "ironic" "fashion"?

Or is there a 100k artist's statement that goes on about the "common vernacular of the early days of web design" to justify all these blown-up images with bad transparency and really crude photoshoppery?
posted by egypturnash at 12:00 AM on November 4, 2010

I would suspect, both.
posted by luftmensch at 12:16 AM on November 4, 2010

It's migraine inducing -- there's a good reason why site's don't do that now. Can there not be some way of warning the migraine prone not to click. Seriously.
posted by bwonder2 at 1:50 AM on November 4, 2010

Ignore the haters, man, this is sublime in many ways... one of them being that it reminds me of Lollie McLain... Another thing so anti-cool that it veers into cool again. As existentialist depression-ridden teenager two decades ago I was laughing at it, but some of the writing gave me the tiniest warm feeling. I did not know back then the internet could do this. (Metafilter didn't exist yet for one thing /Pandering mode)

That was nothing compared though to emailing the site's author (still in 1993 or so) and finding out she'd lost pretty much everything in life, was living in a trailer in someone's back garden, and just making spending her time making this site because she thought she could help others who are worse off. It's ironic enjoyment BUT I ENJOY
posted by yoHighness at 6:33 AM on November 4, 2010

I honestly get a little pissed off at the way people sneer at anything that decides to employ irony. Perhaps it's because so many people do irony poorly? But I like irony, and I like things like this where you can either sit and think about it or you can just enjoy it for what it is.

For what it's worth, I got this link originally from a friend who'd seen Jacob Ciocci, one of the founders of Paper Rad, speak. But I wanted to post it here before I knew a thing about Paper Rad; the page stood on its own merits.

It's meant as a commentary on kitsch and on pop art. But it passes my "good art" test of "would I like this even if it wasn't intended to provoke discussion?" So I posted it here. Hopefully that's not too offensive to nobody.
posted by Rory Marinich at 7:24 AM on November 4, 2010

Yoko Ono + = Paper Rad
posted by ikahime at 7:42 AM on November 4, 2010 [1 favorite]

Def worth spending hours or days in the Paperrad universe. blissout
posted by naju at 8:11 AM on November 4, 2010

What's the word for a parody that is indistinguishable from its target?
posted by chairface at 8:12 AM on November 4, 2010

self-parody, chairface.
posted by Fraxas at 10:52 AM on November 4, 2010

Awww, Rory, thanks. You're a special gem in my eyes, shining brighter than a thousand unicorn horns, bathed in golden kitten sunshine. BFF!!!!!!!
posted by nomadicink at 11:13 AM on November 4, 2010

We saw Paper Rad's show in SF in 2006, and it was swell! They're great.

otherwise... get well s00n!
posted by ovvl at 5:06 PM on November 4, 2010

Another thing so anti-cool that it veers into cool again.
I like irony

You hipster kids are so cool!
posted by CCBC at 6:02 PM on November 4, 2010

Just posted to Ubu Web:
Paper Rad - Trash Talking (2006, animation, video, 60:12)

Probably deserves its own FPP, but I can't do that at the moment.
posted by naju at 9:22 AM on November 5, 2010 [1 favorite]

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