Loosening veracity


Heck is one of the most...how can I put this?...inscrutable posters in alt.fan.tom-servo. Some other posts of his can be found here, but one of the most important, deserving this page of its own, is "Loosening veracity".

The original text of "Loosening veracity" appears below, or you can click this to drop down to Kibo's response.


Subject:    Loosening veracity
From:       heck.appended.to.foil.spam@acm.org (heck)
Newsgroups: alt.fan.tom-servo,alt.religion.kibology
Message-ID: <345f813c.16871595@news.erols.com>


That's the thing that the Internet has brought to us in exponential
measure, the further loosening of veracity.  Before printing, you
heard from another directly, there was a social contract on truth.
Manuscripts were rare and highly prized.  The content they espoused
was taken as true.  There was no fiction (myth is not fiction, it is
true).

After the printing press, more, then more and more and evermore people
could promote and propagate what they felt, without the social
contracts.  With the industrialization of printing, paper and
delivery, practically anyone could foment whatever he wished.  He
could get people's attentian and regard without being bound to moral
behavior, ethical principles (the social contract of the ancient and
early historical records) and truth.

Radio, TV, and now, particularly, the Internet, has made it irrelevant
whether you are right or wrong, good or evil in intent or nature,
serious, beautiful, privileged, learned, intelligent or wealthy,
whether you walk with your eyes open or closed.

One of the practical reasons why the social revolution of the 60's
dissipated in the 70's was that communications of sufficient power
(the ability to effect will or instantiate desire) was available only
to the leaders of the entrenched, established groups and individuals.
It was still no small thing to blanket all with an idea.

Now, here, you can do that.


The above was, I believe, Heck's first post to alt.religion.kibology.
It caught Kibo's attention immediately:


Subject:    Re: Loosening veracity
Newsgroups: alt.fan.tom-servo,alt.religion.kibology
From: kibo@world.std.com (James "Kibo" Parry)
Message-ID: <kibo-0411970337590001@10.0.2.15>
X-Battlestar-Galactica-Date: 1023 centons, 97 microns, .01 woxwox
X-Newsreader: McTV. It's a Web browser and a "delicious" burger!

(heck) wrote:
>
> That's the thing that the Internet has brought to us in exponential
> measure, the further loosening of veracity.

I was going to say something involving the words "voracity", "loosers",
and "masterbate", but I no longer make fun of newbies because
SPELLING IS AN IMPERIALIST TOOL FOR FORCING UNIFORM CULTURAL DOCTRINE
ON UNWARY STUPIDS!  IS YOU AN UNWARY STUPID?  BE MORE WARIER, TRADE WAREZ!!!1

> Before printing, you heard from another directly,

And now you have a choice of different directlys!  There's the
NYNEX/Bell Atlantic directly and various fake Yellow Pages.

> there was a social contract on truth.

Truth was rubbed out in New Jersey.

> Manuscripts were rare and highly prized.  The content they espoused
> was taken as true.  There was no fiction (myth is not fiction, it is true).

(Kibo travels back in time to 1066.)  "I have a billion dollars!"
(Now Kibo has a billion dollars.  Kibo buys the world.)  "Oh, cool!"

> After the printing press, more, then more and more and evermore people
> could promote and propagate what they felt, without the social
> contracts.  With the industrialization of printing, paper and
> delivery, practically anyone could foment whatever he wished.

Thanks to the world's ever-growing supply of fomic acid!

> He could get people's attentian and regard without being bound to moral
> behavior, ethical principles (the social contract of the ancient and
> early historical records) and truth.
> 
> Radio, TV, and now, particularly, the Internet, has made it irrelevant

"Ayyyy, sit on it!"
"Fonzie, haven't you heard, the Internet made it irrelevant!"
"Oh.  Well, I would never ask you to sit on something that irrelevant.
 Go sit on Chuck Barris's second autobiography!"

> whether you are right or wrong, good or evil in intent or nature,
> serious, beautiful, privileged, learned, intelligent or wealthy,
> whether you walk with your eyes open or closed.

In fact, on the Internet everyone is given the same respect, whether
a normal person or a complete drooling moron, whether espousing sensible
theories or acting sillier than Jerry Lewis with fire ants eating his
brain from the inside, or whether rich enough to afford a real Internet
connection or a loser with a WebTV.

Or, as that sentence would read posted from a WebTV:

    In fact on a InternetIn fact
    on the Internet EveryOne is
    given thhe same repsetc,
    weather a normal person.
    Gotta go screen full.

    <><><><><><><><> KIBO <><><><><<><><><><><>

> One of the practical reasons why the social revolution of the 60's
> dissipated in the 70's was that communications of sufficient power

(the ability to make people's heads explode just by saying "beable")

> (the ability to effect will or instantiate desire) was available only
> to the leaders of the entrenched, established groups and individuals.
> It was still no small thing to blanket all with an idea.

Your idea is smothering me!  And it smells like Linus!  Augh!  

> Now, here, you can do that.

One idea!  One blanket!  One all!  Our enemies shall talk themselves
to death and we shall prevail!  Now!  Here!  You can do that ON YOUR COMPUTER!

(Kibo hurls a giant flaming ASCII sword at your computer screen, which explodes)

            IN 2001, APPLE COMPUTER WILL INTRODUCE "INTERNET II".

                     IT'S WHY 2001 WON'T BE LIKE "2001".

                                                -- K.
                                                I instantiate the desire.
                                                Ha ha Bert you said you
                                                instantly ate the desire!
                                                bwamp bwamp nwaa nwaaaa!!!

P.S.  This "Pretend You're Lee Bumgarner" contest could destroy the Internet.


Followup posters immediately grabbed onto the statement "Truth was rubbed out in New Jersey" and spun the thread into commentaries on the geographical locations for rhetorical rubouts, NJ vs LA, parking problems, spontaneous human combustion, and mosquitoes. One poster disputed Heck's thesis, and called him "a Pinko Nazi Homosexual Pervert", to which Heck thanked him for "lending a strong empirical proof" to his statements.

"Loosening veracity" has spawned several other threads in AFT-S, because the topic and technique is so dear to the hearts of some of the AFT-S Irregulars. There is no doubt but that this post and subject will continue to be referenced in the future, and it should be viewed with the honor and veneration that all landmark posts are given. Which is to say, mocked at every opportunity but never forgotten.


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