- js reader version
- email this article
- view hidden posts
- tags and related articles
by Thomas Pynchon
Thursday, May. 15, 2014 at 2:06 PM
"She's got the world locked inside a plastic box."
On the full moon of May, 14, 2014, during an unusual heat spell, a Counterforce group threw paint at the entrance of the Google offices in Venice, CA. It was amusing to see Google employees emerge from the front doors of the building and see paint exploding all around them. When they looked up at the sky, all they found was the yellow moon staring back at them. It is highly likely that the cretins at Google have erased this street art, so it is important that you learn a few things about Google before going to visit the new artistic expressions of The Counterforce.
The Google compound near Venice Beach is just that: a compound. Dry-erase boards covered in equations and diagrams are visible from the street, dogs and Google employees take breaks together in small cages next to the sidewalk, and the external parking lots are surrounded by fences covered in the geometric designs Google is so fond of incorporating into their aesthetic. Worst of all are the giant metal binoculars that hang over the entrance, symbolizing something profound that us little people cannot comprehend.
The Counterforce announced they are at the front steps of Google's Venice offices by smearing the front steps of Google Venice with paint. The beach is only a few blocks from this grotesque complex, allowing the employees to work productively in their tiny boxes and return to their 2,000 a month apartments and pretend that the world is not burning and that their employers at Google are not funding ALEC, the climate change-denying, conservative lobbying group.
While they code away inside the Venice offices, the rest of the metropolis bakes away under the overbearing sunshine. If May is this hot, the summer is going to be dangerous. Climate change is not happening apparently, especially inside the cool employee cafes and food troughs on the Venice offices, where a beautiful and rewarding capitalist life with AC proceeds apace. At night, the streets surrounding this tech compound are filled with homeless people in tents or covered in sleeping bags, waiting for the next precarious day of hustling and avoiding the police and hopefully finding free food that will not slowly kill them. But inside the compound, climate change is not happening. Everything is just perfect!
But this is Los Angeles, isn't it? The place where a person can slowly rot without knowing it. It has always had more than its fair share of insulated rich people living an absolutely unjustified and decadent lifestyle similar to the residents of the Capitol in the Hunger Games stories. For those of you who have no idea what is being referred to, let the word Hollywood suffice to explain a world of excess, greed, and illusion.
For nearly one hundred years, Hollywood has perfected the art of the glowing screen and learned the art of manipulating people with images, seducing them with spectacles, and encouraging them to consume through repetition and trickery. But now the reign of Hollywood is at an end. Netflix won an Academy Award at the most recent ceremony, and soon the big studios will be owned by totalitarian entities like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. The little plastic box, decreasing in size from the projection screen, the television, and now finally into your pockets where it can snuggle with your junk, is now going to override and outmode its creators. Hollywood merely primed the way for Google, and Google is grabbing the psychic reigns that have controlled the vast population of the Los Angeles metropolitan area with a firm hand, peppering it with advertisements for Google Play.
As the world overheats and burns from human induced climate change, millions of people bow to their smart phone screens. The cell phone companies and service providers frantically try to buy off their competitors customers as an ice sheet detaches from the Antarctic continent, a forewarning of the flood plain Venice will become. The America Dream, encapsulated and crystalized perfectly in the metropolis of Los Angeles, is barely chugging along, surviving only off the stolen water brought through the aqueducts. Three days without this water will bring back the coyote and desert.
All the employees at the Venice Google offices must leave the compound at midday and walk the entirety of Venice Boulevard. If they find a fresh water stream or artesian well, they may drink the water, but otherwise they must walk all of Venice Boulevard without a drop.
Los Angeles, Bablyon the Great, mother of abominations, center of the American Nightmare, there is no way to save you. Those who persist in their delusions will perish by them, unfortunately.
Anarchism is the only way out of this desert. Find out what it is, follow the path that lights up, and help in the centuries long struggle against capitalism. It would seem that the Counterforce is just writing on the wall, so read their worlds, reactivate the Venice counterculture, and make a stand against the robots in the compound and their world of luxury.
Thank you for your time,
-Thomas R. Pynchon
Report this post as:
LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 1 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
"KPFK has a $500,000 deficit “ !! Can this be true?
Nuclear Shutdown News July 2016
A 99-page report "Election fraud" from Election Justice USA
INDY's KPFK radio program being eliminated ? too ?
Bertolt Brecht Testifies Before the House Un-American Activities Committee (1947) 2 min
Pacifica-KPFK Archives, director resignation
SAVE KPFK & PACIFICA: VOTE IN THIS CRUCIAL ELECTION!
KPFK radio elections for LSB coming Quick !
KPFK Local Station Board Elections In-Progress
Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Abdullah Sentenced Three Months in Jail on Attempted Lynching Charge
Why are the Park Rangers making it even more difficult for the homeless in Los Angeles?
Bernie Sanders in Lincoln Heights
Los Angeles Sit-In to Fight Voter Suppression
War Within California's 46th CD
NPR's David Greene & Alison Aubrey along with David Ludwig Shill For Factory Farm Eggs
2016 AT&T Shareholders engaged by Communications Workers of America D9 Activists
Communications Workers of America District 9 Action at AT&T Shareholders
Voter Registration at ELAC
LA Times Fails to Cover Protest Against Clinton
Violence Against Poor In Venice
California Safe Schools Honors 11 Year Old Daniel Randall
NPR's Marketplace: The Voice of Loanshark Capitalism
Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, Pandering to the Corporate Whores of the Storage Industry
Lartiste Maestro iTunes télécharger de la musique gratuit et Légalement 2016
Spring 2016 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Monthly News Alert!
KPFK and Pacifica, more doings, reposted here
More Local News...
The Shortwave Report 08/26/16 Listen Globally!
Ujnemployment is (not) a Full-time Job
WIKIpedia is not what we readers Thought nor is it even current about Pacifica or KPFK
Destroyed families, Destroyed lives, All because of a lie
Big bounce, aporie du bégaiement
The Unending Story of the Achievers
Agonistes de pharmacopée marchande
New video highlights bond of love between lions
History Repeats itself; The Shameful Tactics of Pseudo-Science and Legislative Action.
The Shortwave Report 08/19/16 Listen Globally!
cancel student loan applications
Le golem ou du sable et du vent
The sick mindset of USA's population
A Dim View
The Digitalization of Labor
"Santa’s Boot Camp“ at San Diego Kids Film Festival
"Santa’s Boot Camp “ at San Diego Kids Film Festival
Paraphysique du néant
The Shortwave Report 08/12/16 Listen Globally!
Video: Republican Evan McMullin Enters Presidential Race As Independent
Basic Income: 80% of New Jobs are Low Wage
July 2016 Honduras coup news update
Paraphysique de l'acentrisme
Video: The Politicians and the Egalitarians, 50 min
Government Sponsored Terrorism or Public safety?
Subterranologie, l'humanité yamakasi
The Shortwave Report 08/05/16 Listen Globally!
Tawdry National Public Radio Corruption Puts Stock Holdings Ahead Of Unbiased Reporting
More Breaking News...