|Assorted premature thoughts on Breivik
||[Jul. 24th, 2011|02:05 pm]
The American Caliban
I'm not sure, but this appears to be the first use of Family Circle cartoon art in a mass killer's video manifesto. Eerie. For a guy who clearly hates both the modern and the postmodern, he sure hit the postmodern gong hard with his media technique.
Breivik managed to repeat the last 15 minutes of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It reminds me of Timothy McVeigh's identification with DeNiro's heroic HVAC guy in Brazil. Have we reached a singularity of satire, culture war, confused thinking, and fertilizer bombs?
Breivik says he's anti-Nazi, because he hates all modern collective post-Christian socialist ideas. But he would have got on great with Himmler and his crazy medieval Teutonic Knight Arthurian mysticism. That idealized medieval agrarian dream of the racially pure heartland is the European version of Imaginary 1903 Tennessee as imagined by reactionaries here in the U.S. Everyone's stuck with the hell of modern industrial life, but powerful people hold out that idyllic dream of a small farm town to everyone who's alienated.
And finally, what makes the difference between the internet comment person who talks like this guy, and the one who actually does the deed? Is there any way to tell?