Well I do too, but I also find it so symptomatic and disturbing that I'm sort of morbidly fascinated as well.
And how creepy is THIS? From the website of The Publishing Agency's brand-new incarnation, Story Worldwide:
Resonates weirdly and rather horribly with k-punk's recent blog writings about fiction and capitalism, doesn't it? ...Speaking of fictions, Greil Marcus wrote more than once that Gang of Four onstage reminded him of scared extras in a black-and-white Cold War-era end-of-the-world science-fiction film who knew what was coming but couldn't stop it. One imagines now -- all right, I imagine now -- the film's end, exactly as foreseen, pod aliens in control. Christ.
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