80s Fantasy Art Painting of The Regular Reader

RND/ To consider an 80’s style fantasy art painting, inspired by the only regular reader of your shitty nowhere blog. *sniff*

3840 x 3114 .jpg, based on a window display by Ryoko Ishioka. Face by actress Cec Verrell.

The Regular Reader

Rather than creating communication, it exhausts itself in the act of staging communication. Rather than producing meaning, it exhausts itself in the staging of meaning. A gigantic process of simulation that is very familiar. The non-directive interview, speech, listeners who call in, participation at every level, blackmail through speech: ‘You are concerned, you are the event, etc.’ More and more information is invaded by this kind of phantom content, this homeopathic grafting, this awakening dream of communication.
– Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation

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2 thoughts on “80s Fantasy Art Painting of The Regular Reader

  1. Robert, I seem to remember you thoughtfully criticizing the self-indulgence of games like The Stanley Parable, although it was a while ago. Forgive me if I’ve misrepresented what that post said, it no longer exists to check. I do remember sending a brief inquiry about it a couple years back that you did not respond to. I am honestly and non-rhetorically asking you how indulgent you think this post is, complete with Baudrillard quote, when, again, I am one of the only people that will even see it on your Alexa rank 12 million site. I humbly request you consider this question with an attitude other than the arch, arms-length superciliousness that you seem to have as a more or less practiced default.

    Of course I don’t expect a reply, just, if you don’t mind, silently form one in your head. You already did? Ok, that’s all. Thanks for the posts.

  2. Dear “A” for Anonymous

    > I do remember sending a brief inquiry about it a couple years back that you did not respond to.
    – Ah, such are the ever shifting, time dependent vagaries of modern digital existence. Many humble apologies. I must of been busy scratching my peanuts, or something equally facetious.
    > I am honestly and non-rhetorically asking you how indulgent you think this post is, complete with Baudrillard quote, when, again, I am one of the only people that will even see it on your Alexa rank 12 million site.
    – Perhaps not quite as indulgent as those effortlessly able and willing to point out an astronomically insignificant Alexa ranking. Still, cheers for the curt reminder of one’s lowly position in the Amazon Analytical Hierarchy Of Cultural Importance. *sobs inwardly for a femtosecond or two*
    > I humbly request you consider this question with an attitude other than the arch, arms-length superciliousness that you seem to have as a more or less practiced default.
    – Many thanks for the suggestion of a sexy sardonic style. Until now I’d never fully realized I had any at all. Indeed, an ‘arch, arms-length superciliousness’ seems perfectly reasonable in this troubled Trumpversian zeitgeist – except for the small fact even that sounds too much like work.
    > Of course I don’t expect a reply [..]
    – And yet one could humbly argue such words suggest that, not only is a swift reply expected, but almost demanded – one that’s eminently reasonable, if not somehow inherently agreeable. (And yet now, this image plus this response, equals two whole (artistic) replies for free. More perhaps, if one also considers what I’m thinking right now ;-)
    > Thanks for the posts.
    – No, thank you, ‘Concerned from Tunbridge Wells’ for a small nugget of comedy pyrite.

    Sincerely, Robert What

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