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  • Land of Confusion 6: Audiopunks

    Pinpointing the inception point of new fashion can be tricky. Sure, there is Milan but high fashion and street trends are two different beasts. Starting in late 2191 there was a rising trend of implanted micro-speakers in clothing. These musical suitors ranged from tame background music and personal soundtracks for PR and celebrity types to blaring distortion effects used by musicians in concerts or impromptu performances. Like most fashion trends, it soon consumed itself and by the mid 90s was a nearly forgotten fashion mistake.

    In the last three years speck dotting as it later came to be known saw a major resurgence in what would come to be known as the Audiopunks. The first documented Audiopunks were at a right wing political rally in Portland, Oregon, ASA. Weaving into the crowds and speck speakers into over the top hair styles these progenitor punks would trigger distorted audio recordings of the speaker set to music whenever the speakers contradicted themselves. These first Audiopunks were beaten by extreme elements in the crowd. This only served to send the punk message through all the news feeds. Within two months, Audiopunks began appearing at speeches and public gatherings around the world.

    With the continuing cost reduction of PINTs, modern wearable computers, Audiopunks have become a kind of real time fact checking service. Groups set up gatherers who pull audio clips during speeches piping it through remixing software and out to other punks at a gathering. In countries like the ASA and Great Britain where there is a high number of Audiopunk gangs a growing number of politicians and corporate speakers have taken events in doors screening crowds for speck speakers, blocking data transfer in the area and other tricks to avoid the scrutiny of Audiopunks and their own words.

    Lacking any central organization clusters of Audiopunks crop up and fade away in unpredictable ways. Additionally, the political focus of Audiopunks seems equally as varied. The only real connective string being an ability to root out sound bites with incredible speed and efficiency. The PPB station Nis Oidua covers Audiopunk gatherings and plays a steady stream of remixes of punk recordings. While still only a few years old, that is longer than most political movements, or fashion trends.



  • Land of Confusion 5: Exiles

    Tonight on ID we explore the culture of exiles. The disfranchisement that have opted to walk out on the world and hope for a batter tomorrow. Three cultures, each with very different answers to a society to busy to care. Outside the city we have the Beachers, below the Morlocks, and in the heart of Tiergarten the Church of Divine Sanity.

    I’m your host Lucius Abercrombie, our guests tonight include TKU Deviant Psychology Professor Garrison Frock-LaCroix, and Pamela St.Jude speaker for the New National Party, and this is Info/Data. Alright, lets jump right in shall we, Pamela, I see you already have a question.

    PStC: No I do not have a question, Lucius. I have a statement. I don’t see how you can include savages like the Beachers in a discussion on separatist societies. They are parasites, almost more so than Morlocks who at least have the decency to stay in the sewers where they belong.

    GFL: The Beachers are just another symptom of a society that can no longer coddle all it’s citizens. They choose to live in the Wastes, there is hardly a way to separate one further from society.

    PStC: How convenient for a professor from the Arcology to talk about what it means to separate from society. How many security screenings will you have to go through before they let you back into your gilded palace?

    GFL: Well Pamela, if you must know three, but I live in the Mission District not the Arcology. As I understand it though while you claim residence in Little Dubai, the NNP keeps several posh homes on the TK side of the wall for their speaker and high ranking members. However, to stay on topic, while you call Beachers parasites the Waste Gangs have never attacked the city, only peoples inside what they consider their territory.

    LA: Lets explore the idea of separatists as parasites. Lets talk about the Morlocks.

    GFL: While I understand the city’s news organizations have dubbed them Morlocks, they actually use terms such as Sewer Breed to describe themselves.

    LA: Why the disconnect do you think?

    GFL: Interesting question. Sewer Breed implies they were raised in and by the sewers. That it might be a sustainable environment. Where as the term Morlock evokes ideas of deformed and depraved peoples no longer fit for society. While it might be a way to marginalize a people or culture, I really suspect that the term Morlock took off simply because it sells better with the average person.

    PStC: And are you going to tell us that these Sewer Bread people are some underground nobility and not bottom feeders?

    GFL: Hardly. By their own admission we have multiple accounts of the Sewer Breed taping power and water. Generally connectivity isn’t an issue due to the municipal network but power for electronic devices are another story. There has been a fair amount of speculation that a number of Sewer Breed are actually employed by city infrastructure.

    PStC: The Morlocks are a filthy people. I don’t understand how any one of them could work a legitimate job.

    GFL: Don’t you think we would have more reported colonies if the trench workers weren’t at least sympathetic?

    LA: Sympathetic to a cause does not make you part of it.

    PStC: Thank you Lucius. The NNP has advocated for stricter monitoring standards of all government employees. It’s the weak minded left that allows for this kind of corruption.

    GFL: I’m not here to talk politics or policies. Lets try to stay focused on the subject.

    PStC: This is the subject. If we had stronger state controls these fringe groups would not be an issue. We should have police swarming the sewers, burn the infection out.

    GFL: Then why has the NNP brought three bills to the floor in the last session to strip funding for public services.

    PStC: Those bills reduce the tax burden and do not target personal levels within police and fire.

    LA: What about the separatist movement that tries to have it both ways, the Church of Divine Sanity?

    PStC: You can’t be serious. Divine Sanity is just a collection of xenophobic egg heads looking for tax breaks.

    GFL: The church was founded just over three years ago and has seen it’s following grow consistently each year. Formed after the Bison Fever epidermic, I think there is a large xenophobic aspect to the movement. I think the disconnect comes between the rheteric, which is fairly stock Islomo-Christian, and practice which enforces full bio-hazard precautions for members.

    PStC: Islomo-Christian? How can you compare this collection of paranoids to actual religions?

    GFL: Simple, I took the time to sit in on one of their services before tonight’s show.

    LA: They allowed this?

    GFL: To the extent they allow any outsider. They maintain a media center which broadcasts their services outside the church.

    LA: Interesting stuff. More ID after the break.



  • Land of Confusion 4: The Religious Void

    Before the Purge no one outside the Reclaimer Church realized how large their numbers had swelled. Everyone was too busy fighting wars to check on splinter religious groups. While one could argue part of the reasoning behind the Purge was to consolidate power under a single religious banner it is unlikely the real reason will ever be known. However, when the Church was finally crushed by financial and political powers in 2136 the spiritual shock waves were felt across all religions.

    The countries most impacted by the Church, the ASA, parts of the EU, and Africa, devises new laws stripping religions of many of their rights as non-profit origination. While not involved with the Reclaimers the Vatican was nearly razed in the Orthodox Uprising. Soon other countries followed suit to avoid tariffs or political sanctions. This was not simply governmental regulation but on the streets and the towns across the world many turned from older religious institutions seeing the price of blind devotion.

    Of course, this would never really last. As with spiritual matters these things have a way of finding a balance. In the last thirty years there has begun a religious resurgence. Not just with the rebranded Redeemers and older faiths but new religions began to spring up. At first it was one of two a year that made the news. Today there are at least fifty seven channels covering emergent religions.

    These new religions are often cobbled together fragments of half understood older beliefs. Common elements include new interpretations or links between older religions. Some incorporate outdated or unproven scientific theories. Laws around these religious groups have also eased over the years allowing those with sufficient followings to obtain tax exception and possible corporate status.

    Today’s Current Trending Religions Include:
    Disciples of the Hackwrench, a technological order devoted to the Goddess Mouse.
    The Holy Order of Sin and Salvation, a matriarchal order that sees infidelity, and seduction as a woman’s right and purpose, unlike other transitions women of the Holy Order embrace their role.
    Particle Principle Preservists, dedicated to the belief that God can be found in particles yet undiscovered and too small to be perceived.
    Primal Deists, Old Testament purists that hold that as an evangelical religion they cannot be held accountable for the high death toll caused by the policing of their own flock.



  • Land Of Confusion 3: The PPB Channels

    Land of Confusion explores what it’s like to live on Earth 2202.

    Media is cheap. It was even before the Great War. Anyone off the streets with a recorder and a PINT (Personal Interface and Networking Terminal) can turn themselves into a reporter. This fact was critically useful during the Purge as traditional media outlets were targeted by the Church. Also, before the war the lines between traditional television networks, news, and blogs were eroding. Really, the line between the interment and television was disappearing. The Purge only expedited what was already occurring.

    Within five years of the Church’s collapse the UN signed a charter with three of the remaining media conglomerates creating the PPB or Public Private Channels. Today the PPB consist of over three hundred and growing channels and growing. Each channel is dedicated to a single topic with content provided by common citizens.

    Of course there are still screening processes but with a bit of commitment and a healthy dose of charisma just about anyone can end up with a show on the PPB. Those that are popular enough move up to the networks. There are thousands of shows that drift through the PPB few of them survive for very long but some are elevated and have survived for many seasons.

    Some of the current shows on network to have come out of the PPB include:

    The Ballard Report: Reportage on various corporations. Each week provides in depth analysis of one company. The Ballard report has come under fire several times for showing favoritism to sponsors and donors however, there are no laws against infotainment.

    Clamjaw: One of the oldest shows on the PPB. Clamjaw is the take of a lonely raven in the Post War Wastes. Common antagonists include Jackbooted rats wearing Pickelhaubes (German Spiked Helmets) and Slick suited Calico cats in dune buggies. Often episodes of Clamjaw have distinct social or political messages even though the main character never actually speaks. While Clamjaw has been on air for nearly fifty years almost noting is known about the producers of the show. Clamjaw has very few doters and despite their venerable history has never made the transition to network.

    Mash: The Metal Show!: A hodgepodge of different vignettes Mash highlights videos from various clubs and underground music events. Videos are submitted by anyone and compiled by Mixmaster Elmo who narrates and walks viewers through the theme of the show. The current buzz puts Mash going Network in the next Season picks.

    Smash Sumo Classic Bash: This show follows Hungry Takimunch as he battles evil dieters and self image issues. The show often lampoons fad diets and endorses eating whatever you want. There are surgeries if you need to slim down. Smash Sumo is sponsored in part by Coalition of Associated Cosmetics Surgeons and Ulmato, makers of Crispy DM: The eight loss crisp.



  • Land Of Confusion 2: Happy Yá Chĭ

    Land of Confusion explores what it’s like to live on Earth 2202.

    Internationally recognized by the smiling tooth Charlie Happy, Happy Yá Chĭ is a Chinese and Southern fast food restaurant. Serving up American/Chinese fusion dishes such as hot and spicy fried hamburger rolls with sour cream, and Buckwheat noodle fried chicken strips. Happy Yá Chĭ is deep fried soft and chewy with a crunch.

    Their mascot Charlie Happy, a long tooth with thin arms and gloved hands, welcoems people across the twenty six different countries. Kid’s meals come with Charlie Happy toys such as Charlie Action Happy wearing a combat turnout and carrying an assault rifle.

    Each Toy is bendable and can be connected to a game console or PINT to unlock that action figures “Number Power” in the virtual game Jade and Ivory Yá Chĭ which puts players in colorful worlds with childlike avatars fighting anime styled monsters and gaining health and power ups from Happy Yá Chĭ products. Charlie Action Happy gave players “S12N16” Jungle Invisibility Power.

    Collect your Happy Charlies, eat your Happy Yá Chĭ, and play Jade and Ivory Yá Chĭ and you’ll always be Happy!



  • Land Of Confusion 1: White Requiem

    Land of Confusion explores what it’s like to live on Earth 2202.

    During the Purge the Church of the Church of the Reclaimer waged a war on information. This extended to any culture that fell outside the Reclaimer world view. The entertainment industry, musicians, and film makers were high priority targets. Most industry professionals walked away without a fight to avoid persecution. However, there were those that went underground and refused to submit to the Church. One of the most influential bands from this turbulent time was White Requiem, a Metal, Proto-Razor trio that refused to submit.

    One of the few underground bands that survived the Purge and the years of theocratic rule that followed the Great War, during the height of the Church’s power White Requiem spat in their face. The band hid subversive messages of corruption and Church cruelty inside their lyrics. Using a network of fans the band was able to discriminate their music across the ASA outside the watchful eye of the Church. During this period White Requiem didn’t so much as tour as they did move from city to city to avoid prosecution for moral crimes putting on underground shows in burned out libraries or schools

    On March 13th, 2138 the three member band along with a group of their supporters were captured outside an illegal speakeasy in Toronto. On March 15th White Requiem along with twenty six other men and women were Purged by Fire in the Metro Convention Centre. The news spread like a virus through the underground and riots sprang up across the continental ASA in the weeks that followed. Recordings of Requiem’s music found new inroads to Church controlled school campuses fueling the growing resistance movement in the ASA.

    While over sixty years old White Requiem’s music is still considered highly influential in the rock world. Their legacy of underground resistance and refusal to submit to an authoritarian regime continues to resonate with the disenfranchised and forgotten working class of the modern age.