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Monday, December 06, 2004

Thank god it isn't called "Krazy Kombat."

The internet is a wonderful, magical place where anything can happen. Okay, sorry, that's bullshit. The internet is a horrid degrading place where really skanky porn seems to emerge into the world as though from porn-hyperspace. That it seems like this is porn that nobody would ever want to see does not change matters in the slightest. Even if you can get away from the porn, or pr0n as the kids call it, you usually find yourself awash in an equally limitless sea of otherwise worthless crap. One example of such worthless excrement is this blog.

However, despite the crush of pointless information that is tearing at the very fabric of the universe by spending what little anti-entropy we have available to us the internet does, occasionally, produce something worth the electrons it propogates through. One such worthy contender is Madness Combat. This site is... um... well, I don't know exactly what the hell it is, but it has cartoons. Specfically it has cartoons with deep sociological and philosophical meanings.

The first cartoon, Marsh-Mellow-Madness is an excellent introduction to the philosophical narrative of the site. In my view, it's a general condemnation of the consumer culture that holds sway in the United States, embodied in the helplessness of our protaganists as they are enveloped by the product of their own consumption. Even the purveyors of this fate find themselves helpless to resist its sugary-puffed terror.

Then, we have the second toon Madness Combat that seems to be a general discussion of the role of individuality and self-expression in a world dominated by conformity and, particulalry, religious oppression. Pay special attention to the role of Jesus in this film as he teaches a valuable lesson. That lesson is, to be precise, that Jesus is fucking metal.

The third toon, Redeemer, is very sociological in that it explores the ability of a single individual to challenge the might of a social order. Despite the intense skill of the one, clearly the boundaries and crushing strengh of the social structure are too much. Once more, religion plays a role, this time shoring up the existing secual order in a manner reminiscent of the religious-turn in American politics.

The fourth toon, Avenger, reprises this theme, once more exploring the attempt of the individual, or perhaps even social movements, to overcome entrenched power. This effort is challenged both by outright resistance, and by the disorder and confusion that movements for change themsleves engender. Yet, even at the end, success and failure are well-mixed and largely indistinguishable.

Finally, the fifth toon Apotheosis, once more grapples with these themes, though in a new context. This toon asks if, perhaps, movements can become self-defeating, leading only to disruption, chaos, and pain, rather than any useful or meaninful change. The message is brought home most clearly at the end when the music plays and the dancing resumes as though nothing had happened.

So, head on over to Madness Combat and get your freak on. You'll either be glad you did, or you'll regret it but, either way, remember this: it came from the internet, so just be glad it isn't midget amputee snuff porn.


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