Zero Squared #33: A Weird Line of Flight?

Aug 26th, 2015 | By | Category: Articles, Zero Squared

zerosquared34Daniel Coffeen looks around for freedom in a world of networked conformity. He holds a PhD in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley where he taught adjunct for many years, but now Coffeen works independently, writing about contemporary art, film, language, Deleuze, perception, Uni, capitalism, emergent shapes, pleasure, new media, and tequila. He founded the once-exquisite and makes money by naming products, writing copy, and branding companies.

In Coffeen's recent blog post entitled In Praise of the Weird he writes:

Weird is surprising in that it neither goes with nor against the grain. It doesn't try to break the mold; it casts new molds. Or, perhaps, doesn't care about molds at all but rather enjoys meandering — the schizo stroll. Weird slices through discourse, categories, and common sense. It scrambles — not for the sake of scrambling but because it operates and lives in a world you cannot yet imagine.

In this episode you'll hear clips from Looney Tunes cartoons, Adventure Time, Brian Eno's Music for Film, the US version of The Office, Timothy Leary describing his mind mirror, a Facebook television advertisement, an instructional video for the internet circa 1992,and Rod Stewart's 1969 hit Handbags and the Gladrags which is also the theme for the UK version of The Office.

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4 Comments to “Zero Squared #33: A Weird Line of Flight?”

  1. Tony says:

    I haven’t finished the episode, yet. It’s very good and requires concentration. I don’t watch much Adventrue Time, but I wanted to point out for no reason that it takes place in a post-apocalyptic future 1,000 years in the future after the “Mushroom War.” I wonder if Jake is the great, great, . . ., great grandson of Imperator Furiosa and Mad Max.

  2. Penny says:

    This is absolutely brilliant! I LOVE this speaker. I feel this way all the time, the difficulty of getting out of the mind traps set by narrow definitions of the parameters of reality, before the discussion can even begin. You both put this in such a variety of wonderful ways. I feel less alone, which is odd for me! I’m glad I took the time to look into this.
    Thank you!

  3. Penny says:

    You are most wonderful & always unique. I am working to share with people on FB to bring them to your site, what little following I have. thanks again, p

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