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Don’t worry. You don’t have to do anything — we’ll ask the Internet for a bunch of cash.

Sean Bonner and Allen Morgenstern, The New Oklahoma

UK Filter to Block ‘Esoteric Content’

You may have heard about the mandatory online filter being proposed in the UK. If not, you may want to find out more. And, either way, but especially if you are in the UK, you may consider checking out some of the dissent to the idea, including petition at “UK Prime Minister David Cameron: Stop the unnecessary censorship of ‘esoteric’ websites and web forums!

“Can you imagine a world where access to spiritual information was blocked by the government? What if you stopped by an internet cafe, only to find your favorite website was banned by a public web filter, or your friend’s natural health website was blocked because it mentioned ‘spiritual healing’ techniques? A disturbing movement to censor perfectly legal spiritual information is growing (right now in the UK, but other countries are poised to jump on the bandwagon), and will continue unchecked unless people become aware of the problem and protest it. Find out more about the UK filter, and how it will affect you, below.” [via]

UK Filter to Block 'Esoteric Content' - Worldwide Implications

Occupy Wall Street and the Poetry of Now-Time

Recent article “Occupy Wall Street and the Poetry of Now-Time” by Aaron Gell at the New York Observer links to CHAOS: THE BROADSHEETS OF ONTOLOGICAL ANARCHISM from T. A. Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism in Hakim Bey and Ontological Anarchy

“In his 1985 cult anarchist treatise T.A.Z., Hakim Bey, aka the poet Peter Lamborn Wilson, described what he dubbed the temporary autonomous zone: ‘a guerrila operation which liberates an area (of land, of time, of imagination).’ Which is as good a description of Occupy Wall Street as any.

Such zones have flourished, however briefly, around the world, often in secret, Mr. Bey wrote, but in in contemporary America he thought such a space would most likely emerge after three conditions were met. First, people needed to understand not only how the State (Wall Street, the One Percent, whatever) had enslaved them but also ‘the ways in which we are ensnared in a fantasy in which ideas oppress us.’ When the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek showed up in the park a few weeks back, he compared this process of awakening to the John Carpenter movie They Live, in which the protagonist, Nada, finds a pair of special sunglasses which reveal that the advertising billboards all around him carry hidden messages: submit, stay asleep, conform, consume. The dollar bill? This is your god. (And spoiler alert: the rich are all aliens.)

The second condition was that the internet would need to evolve into a useful tool of dissent and organization.

And third, Mr. Bey wrote, ‘The State must progress on its present course in which hysterical rigidity comes more and more to mask a vacuity, an abyss of power.’

Check, check, check.”

and also suggests

“If you really want to understand Occupy Wall Street, you have to talk to the poets.”

Condolences and solidarity on the passing of Michael Hart

I wanted to take a moment to express my personal condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Michael Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg. Additionally, I wanted to express continued solidarity with the vision and mission of Project Gutenberg to increase literacy, preserve works, and support the expansion of the rights and resources in the public domain. I feel that Michael Hart was a true hero not just of Internet or digital culture but of wider culture itself. He was a man of service toward the greater good, and that is something that we should all take a moment to celebrate as well as continue to remember and emulate in the future.

May he be granted the accomplishment of his true Will.

You can read more about Michael Hart, and his recent passing, in many places, but here’s a few: RIP, Project Gutenberg founder Michael Hart, E-book pioneer Michael Hart dies, and Michael S. Hart via Project Gutenberg.

You may wish to remember and honor Michael S. Hart’s life by making a contribution to Project Gutenberg.

The Elias Ashmole Award for Enochian Excellence on the Web

Back in the day, there were several sites that were honored with the Elias Ashmole Award for Enochian Excellence on the Web. These are recorded in the archives of David Richard Jones’ Invisible College site recently added to the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com.

The awards were Parker Torrence on November 1997, Benjamin Rowe on December 1997, and Clay Holden on January 1998. There is a mirror of Clay Holden’s John Dee Publication Project and two significant archives of Benjamin Rowe’s materials from The Enochian World of Benjamin Rowe and Norton’s Imperium: Enochian Magick Papers & Links that are part of the Hermetic Library collection.

You may want to take a gander through the links on these award pages for a fascinating look at the active work that was being done online in those bygone days of yore, when the commercial Internet was only a few years old. There’s a lot of interesting materials and history here to be discovered and remembered.

In rescuing these pages, I have updated a few links which go to materials elsewhere in the collection of the Hermetic Library, but I’ve decided to keep links to other materials as they appear in snapshots available at the Wayback Machine. Without the luminary service provided by the Internet Archive this rescue of materials could not have happened, so, in the spirit of Awards for Excellence on the Web, I’ll take this moment to give my own kind of award of thanks for the service they have provided and continue to provide to the community and culture of the Internet.