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Wahn_nhaW
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 7:11 am 
 

Sepulchrave wrote:
https://tgannon.incolor.com/hm.html

Used to be run by a metalhead, Thomas C. Gannon, who is also an associate professor of English/Ethnic studies in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This particular page has an essay which is a wonderful, self-aware overview of metal culture from the perspective of critical theory inspired by Theodor Adorno. The greatest shame about it is that it's been left unfinished (seems the last update was in 2003) and I would have just loved to see Gannon's own perspective on metal culture in the third part of the essay.


I remember this!

Of course, at the time, I knew nothing about Adorno. However, since then, I have done my best to find some value in him, but failed to do so. I have no patience for him and I believe that the man suffered from a serious case of anhedonia, exacerbated by the admittedly tragic circumstances of his life. Still, I don't see why others should be subjected to it. In general, I have had little patience for any theory that proposes that popular music is a tool of mass control. That's why I can't stand Laibach and lot of original industrial bands either. If you think the Beatles, the Stones, or fuckin' Queen are the biggest evils on the planet, well, you're not living on my planet.

This is an interesting attempt at some mental gymnastics by a person who wants to maintain his academic adherence to Adorno's theories and at the same time balance his enjoyment of the music in real life, as lived outside theoretical constructs, and it is accordingly painful and strained. A valiant attempt, but to what end?

That is not to say that this is not a great contribution to the thread, just like that Jesus is Savior page. Bookmarked in the "weirdness" folder, alongside that one, the Internet Explorer is Evil page, Time Cube and the immortal Ling and his cars.
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Sepulchrave
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 7:30 am 
 

I think there is some truth to what Adorno said about popular music, but I agree with your point, his views are very much influenced by his experiences in Weimar Germany, WWII and the collapse of working class revolutionary potential in the West, and those are bound to projected and oversimplified onto postwar USA. His theory is not something one can transpose a 100% to future rock and metal music. Reading him, you get the sense he believes all art arises from a fascist impulse, which is rather questionable to say the least. But I need to read more!
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Wahn_nhaW
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 7:40 am 
 

Sepulchrave wrote:
But I need to read more!


Admittedly, me too, but the incentive is pretty much at zero.
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Osmiumthemetal
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:23 am 
 

Widen Your World is a website that's been around since 1996 that focuses on early Walt Disney World facts and history. It's unique in that it's still updated by its owner but most of the website follows that 1.0 format; most of the pages are from the late 90s and periodically updated.

http://www.omniluxe.net/wyw/wyw.htm

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Slater922
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:49 pm 
 

Osmiumthemetal wrote:
Widen Your World is a website that's been around since 1996 that focuses on early Walt Disney World facts and history. It's unique in that it's still updated by its owner but most of the website follows that 1.0 format; most of the pages are from the late 90s and periodically updated.

http://www.omniluxe.net/wyw/wyw.htm

The entire page needs a TL;DR.
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wizard_of_bore
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:54 am 
 

Osmiumthemetal wrote:
Widen Your World is a website that's been around since 1996 that focuses on early Walt Disney World facts and history. It's unique in that it's still updated by its owner but most of the website follows that 1.0 format; most of the pages are from the late 90s and periodically updated.

http://www.omniluxe.net/wyw/wyw.htm
That is a lot to read. That person is a hardcore Disney fan. Is he so hardcore that he knows where on the park grounds Walt's frozen head is stored?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:59 pm 
 

Re-discovered this today (doing some reading after watching a demo of the Diablo II remaster) - spent many hours enjoying this while I was still at school !

http://d2tomb.com/
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Wahn_nhaW
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:18 am 
 

Methuen wrote:
Re-discovered this today (doing some reading after watching a demo of the Diablo II remaster) - spent many hours enjoying this while I was still at school !

http://d2tomb.com/


Which reminds me, it's high time I replayed those games.
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Methuen
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:12 pm 
 

Wahn_nhaW wrote:
Methuen wrote:
Re-discovered this today (doing some reading after watching a demo of the Diablo II remaster) - spent many hours enjoying this while I was still at school !

http://d2tomb.com/


Which reminds me, it's high time I replayed those games.


Same hahah, I think I'm going to run them inside Wine and hope for the best. Always remember the atmosphere in them being fantastic.
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Wahn_nhaW
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:51 pm 
 

Methuen wrote:
Wahn_nhaW wrote:
Methuen wrote:
Re-discovered this today (doing some reading after watching a demo of the Diablo II remaster) - spent many hours enjoying this while I was still at school !

http://d2tomb.com/


Which reminds me, it's high time I replayed those games.


Same hahah, I think I'm going to run them inside Wine and hope for the best. Always remember the atmosphere in them being fantastic.


The first one was incredibly immersive. Don't remember playing much of the second one, though that's probably not a reflection of its quality. Guess I just got tired of the formula.
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Wahn_nhaW
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 2:59 am 
 

The recent discussion about Blue Oyster Cult reminded me of one of my favorite heavy metal critics/writers, Martin Popoff. Love his old school site: http://www.martinpopoff.com/
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