Naked Russian diver tames Beluga whales in Arctic waters. Um ... what? Image Source: Viktor Lyagushkin/KNS/I09.
Some days, the news headlines give a straightforward snapshot of what is going on in the world. Some days, the mainstream media stories are curiously uninformative, strangely empty of content and meaning. On days like that, I appreciate Fox Mulder and Twilight Zone a little more. Offbeat Websites capture the current mood, if not the facts. And frankly, the mood's uneasy. Even more than usual, the Internet is positively humming with weirdness right now.
Midsummer. It should be a dreamy, beautiful time. But we're half way through a troubling year. The year began with flocks of birds falling from the sky and fish dying in their millions (bizarre occurences are still happening). Then Japan had one of the worst earthquakes in her history; and the worst nuclear accident in global history resulted, about which the news is not improving. The death of Osama Bin Laden prompted an upswing in threats and conspiracy theories. Economists remain pessimistic about global economies. An Indian prophet died amid expectations of his resurrection. An Italian prophet predicted a terrible European earthquake. A California prophet proclaimed the end of the world now, no, this autumn - and then suffered a stroke. The Middle East has churned through its 'Arab Spring' to a violent stalemate. Astrologers are proclaiming that the heavens have turned upside down in a month intensified by three eclipses. A Chilean volcano exploded. And so on.
Here's the collective unconscious, at a glance:
- Great Depression Coming in Next Six Months
- Death of Heroes: Marvel Kills Spider-Man this Wednesday, or rather, Faux Spider-Man
- Devaluing Heroes: DC and Marvel Inflate and Retcon Heroism
- Conspiracy Theories Percolating: Fear of Barcodes and RFID
- Weird News: Bigfoot Cryptid Info Leaked
- Weird News: Loch Ness Monster Sighted
- Weimar Blog Focusses on Twins and Triplets This Week
True to the impulse toward Milliennial dualism, it feels like the ghostly mirror image of the second half of the year is manifesting opposite the first six months that have already transpired. The stage has been set, we're ready for Act II. Or is it Act III? An eerie expectation arises that there's a ethereal third dimension to this mirrored configuration.
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