Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pomo Logo

The University of California ditched its old seal for a new logo (for form's sake, it's on the right):
It has not been well received.

The Bruin blue doubles as open book and stylized U. The curiously disappearing C intends to convey a mote of light, spiraling up and out of the blue, toward viewer. I find it evokes nothing so much as a mutated sperm cell, spinning impotently in the ovarian deep.

So the illuminating star of the seal shining benevolently from the heavens becomes a point of light revealing only itself against a dull background, tracing a closed circle. The book, open and revealing, is replaced with an inexpressive dense mass, barely deigning to part its hair in the middle up on top there.

The image of discovery and enlightenment is thus replaced by that of obscurity and gnosis. We are to believe the blue block-blob symbolizing the university holds something more than the piss-yellow tear it's mysteriously shedding, the truth even perhaps, but what the truth is is anyone's idea. What the truth is is anyone's idea would make a fine motto for the university's humanities department, I imagine.

It's taken for granted there would be no continuity with the seal's biblical reference. The date too can't make the cut into abstraction. One had to be able to read to draw information from the old seal. The new one requires no literacy, no language even, and is presumed to be thus accessible to all. Globalization necessitates a less literate world. But any information the obscure and abstract conveys must be explained by somebody. Some elect. The very pretense of the postmodern academy.

Some future alien anthropologist, digging up the seal and the logo, can see just what the former is, and, if say he finds a way to interpret English and our system of dating, can know precisely what it says. It becomes a means of understanding the other things he finds. The logo, dull and mute, can only yield its paltry UC and prompt a few surmises. Maybe that anthropologist will have some insight into how this all works on us in the present. We can only guess.

If the university's intention was to convey enlightenment as a goal, they've failed miserably. If the worst stories of the academy are true, I'd say the new logo is perfect.
update: I didn't realize the C is actually one of those animated icons used indicating an internet browser is searching.

Friday, December 07, 2012

We Who Must Be Held Accountable

Surprise, surprise, Detroit is rated by some travel agency for well-heeled gays as the nation's most lethal city for the cruiser on the go. Who to blame? Need I ask?
[gay activist Dave] Garcia points to Michigan’s state legislature and governor who, he says, “have created an anti-gay environment across the entire state.” “It is still legal to fire people in Michigan for being gay, we can not marry, can not adopt, and the governor signed away domestic partner benefits for LGBT public employees,” Garcia said. “Conservatives in Lansing have placed Michigan at a huge economic disadvantage as we continue to lose top LGBT talent to our neighbors by creating a hostile environment state-wide for LGBT people and they must be held accountable for it.”
You see, those lawless brothers preying on homosexuals (and scaring away their money) are taking all their cues from Republican politicians and the laws of the state of Michigan (who are guilty of scaring away queer money!).

The ugly truth--black people wrecked Detroit and keep it wrecked--is nothing as compared to the theoretical tragedy of all those lost boy-bucks! Damn it man, the city might be thriving but for these incorrigible white male bigots! Ironic, but it apparently takes cast-iron balls to be a gay activist.
Considering the reality of Detroit's economic destruction and the untold suffering to come of it, Mr. Garcia's overreaching should be greeted with the same opprobrium given Holocaust deniers. But it does not. It is typical.
 People wonder why some of us went over the edge at some point and just started talking about race frankly. This is why; convention is not just inaccurate, it is a lie. It's an affront; every time someone invokes "white privilege" he slanders a people and advances a disaster. The "anti-racists" are right: there's no middle ground here. There are the enlightened, there are the benighted, and there are the evil. They just don't know which two of the three they comprise.

And here, confronted with yet more data documenting the failure of Detroit's blacks and the progressive politics that unleash their malice--and the contradiction of a multicultural movement that purports to speak for both the black criminal and the affluent gay--what does CBS Detroit do? Rather, what is, apparently, the only thing they're capable of, whether it's by their own inclination or outside pressure?

They call this regional gay party hack and act as passive conduit for his embarrassing stretch. All advantage accrues to the favored, whatever the reality. The left's narrative is unopposed. Black Detroit preys on gays? Fuck you, it's because the Republicans hate queers! You don't have to make sense when you run things, loser. Anyone who runs is VC. Anyone who stands still is well-disciplined VC.

The Gay Lobby: "...you just don't lead 'em so much! Ain't oppression hell?! Ha-ha!"