January 26, 2004


A bit tardy with this one... Michael Carr, who has been known to pop up hereabouts with preposterously well-informed and erudite comments, now has a blog. Michael, whose breadth of knowledge does indeed approach 'a generalized omniscience', would be, in a fairer universe, a marketing guru, an acknowledged comic genius and professor of any discipline you might care to name. Enter the weird weird world of Sphaleotas here . Warning: idiosyncratic.

Posted by mark at January 26, 2004 07:44 PM | TrackBack

Hi Mark

I think mad bastard Carr has gone way beyond acceptable humour with his stupid impersonation thing. Hopefully people will recognize the Kilroy Silk stuff, but the principle (of impersonation)seems to me sufficiently noxious that it should be punished - you should take down the link unless he acknowledges that it his own work. Any amount of criticism, sarcasm or abuse is fine with me, but this is not (at the limit it could get me chucked out of the PRC). Please don't encourage it.

Posted by: Nick Land at January 27, 2004 04:22 AM

A crueller man than I would have posted your message of encouragement to Daniel Pipes, or a link to your column from February 20.

In love and bewildered concern,


Posted by: michael at January 27, 2004 05:29 PM

It's the cops!

Posted by: undercurrent at January 27, 2004 07:12 PM

I'd prefer to be positive about this and think that it raises interesting questions about the acceptable limits of satire, appropriation, names, personae, pseudonyms, (cf Linda Trent on pseudononymous abominations). Surely the bizarre context of the Sphaleotas site makes it unlikely that anyone would think that the piece was the work of the 'real' Nick Land. In any case, doesn't your demurral here effectively settle the question of your (non) authorship?

Posted by: mark k-punk at January 27, 2004 10:21 PM

This is twisted stalking. If you lot really think that it's cool to have stuff attributed to you by psychos then I've lost the plot.

Michael, admit you've crossed the line here. I'm completely happy for you to cite any of my utterances, including remark to the great Daniel Pipes. There's no comparison - simply put, I trust myself to say what I think, and you have not been delegated to take my place.

Robin, you're a troll.

Mark, Linda Trent is completely fictional - who gets harmed by it. OK, we did it to Bill Gates, but he can afford expensive lawyers (which I might have to if this shit continues). Would you really be happy to have Mark Fisher writing Carr's deranged opinions?

Posted by: Nick at January 28, 2004 12:22 AM
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