Part three of the edited journals of feckless 50-something AOR and 2012 enthusiast James Gladwin-Turner. This prog: James doesn’t quite have a heart attack, and chats up a lady.
These posts take the form of edited highlights from the imagined author’s imagined journals. Here’s Part one and Part two.
February 13th 2012
I finally understand what all the bloody fuss is about. I’ve climbed the Tor every day since I arrived, as per my publishing contract, and – to be honest – couldn’t grasp why this large pile of soil was such a big deal. But, as a Glastonbury resident might say – I was not properly attuned to the subtle vibrations of the place. In other words, I was neither turned on, nor tuned in (I’d dropped out long go.) But this morning it all makes sense. I wake up ridiculously early (6.30am) feeling suspiciously …
Here’s part two of the ongoing mission of ex-music journalist and all-round-wastrel James Gladwin-Turner as he attempts to climb Glastonbury Tor every day for a year, and document the New Age community’s response to the 2012 phenomenon.
These posts take the form of edited highlights from the imagined author’s journals. Part one is here – recommend you read this first.
January 1st 2012
My shack is in Bove Town, or ‘Boovton’ according to local dialect. I discovered this from chatting to the bar woman at the pub I holed up in on NYE. Quite a dismal experience – just me, the tobacco-marinaded barmaid, an old boy in a flat cap and three local lads who played pool all night. ON NEW YEAR’S EVE! Where was everybody? Staying in meditating? I tried to educate and impress Lesley the serving wench by feeding the jukebox with …
Another new piece of 2012-inspired fiction. This time it’s excerpts from an invented book by an invented author. James Gladwin-Turner is an over-the-hill and out-of-work music journalist who strikes upon the idea of writing a book based on his experiences of climbing Glastonbury Tor every day for a year, ending on December 21st 2012 (hence the puntastic title of ’365 Days on Tor’.)
With Glastonbury being the centre of all things counter-cultural and New Age, he figures it’s the best place to get under the skin of the 2012 phenomenon. I intend to publish these bite-sized journal entries once a week (representing edited extracts from the author’s journal) and, as yet have no idea what will happen. So travel with me to lands far-out, as Hawkwind said…
DECEMBER 21st 2011
I’ve arrived. And what a miserable little shack it is. Midsummer cottage – a one-up, …
My second piece of speculation uses a very short format. I’ve imagined what folks would be tweeting about on December 21st, 2012, using the hashtag #2012eotw (2012 end of the world.)
All of the below are facetious or humorous because a) I imagine there’ll be a ton of tweets in this vein, and b) sincerity is worthy but boring to read. What would be funny is if people did actually start using #2012eotw to similar effect. So if you want to post made-up end-of-the-world tweets, go right ahead and use this hashtag, and I’ll collect the responses here.
My preferred doomsday scenario: beer tsunami #2012eotw
ET, if you do exist, now would be a good time to reveal yourself #2012eotw
@davidicke, just seen Kris Kristofferson on TV looking quite reptilian #2012eotw
It’d better be the end of the world – just spent my life savings on 10kg of cocaine #2012eotw
I sense that …
The Singularity is an important theory in 2012 eschatology. Here are two videos that provide a good introduction.
Vernor Vinge originally coined the term, and the concept was expounded by the likes of Raymond Kurzweil in his book ‘The Singularity is Near‘. The Singularity is a point at which the technological rate of change occurs so rapidly that it initiates an evolutionary jump for humankind, towards a state of super-intelligence or illumination.
Of course, as Steven Pinker noted, “There is not the slightest reason to believe in a coming singularity. The fact that you can visualize a future in your imagination is not evidence that it is likely or even possible. Look at domed cities, jet-pack commuting, underwater cities, mile-high buildings, and nuclear-powered automobiles — all staples of futuristic fantasies when I was a child that have never arrived. Sheer processing power is …
If you’re going to call your book ‘Living in the End Times’, there is a danger you’ll be regarded as an evangelical Christian or 2012 doom-sayer.
Slavoj Zizek is neither, but his book does deal with some fairly apocalyptic topics. He is a social theorist, cultural critic and ‘the world’s hippest philosopher‘ (as well as an alleged anti-Semitic left-wing zealot.) The reason for his popularity is based on his ability to engage with big philosophical questions by leveraging popular culture, and by examining current affairs.
The aforementioned book deals with what Zizek sees as four key drivers for a coming apocalypse: the worldwide ecological crisis; imbalances within the economic system; the biogenetic revolution; and exploding social divisions and ruptures. He is therefore of interest to this blog as some of his opinions intersect with 2012 eschatology (although Zizek gives no specific date for the zero-point.)
Here’s my first piece of speculative fiction for this project. It’s written in the style of a newspaper weekend magazine article and is set in June 2012, when events that started in 2011 have recurred in a more amplified, extreme manner. I think the scenario is actually quite likely, although I don’t advocate the killing of bankers… What I did want to illustrate is how non-violent ideological movements such as Occupy could combine with other extreme expressions of dissent, to rapidly become a powerful revolutionary force; once mass rioting is directed by an agenda then anything can happen.
David Walton is an authority on the 2012 phenomenon, and an advocate of what he calls ‘the ecstatic doorway to consciousness evolution’. This is the point at which, on 21st December 2012, he believes humankind will undergo a significant and positive step-change in its evolution. He sits …
What is the 2012 phenomenon? At its broadest conception, it is just a meme and, perhaps, a focal point for anyone’s hopes, fears and anxieties about the near-future.
The formal definition, such as it is, relates to the Mayan calendar, which represents time as a series of cycles. One of these cycles, known as the Maya Long Count, consisted of more than 5,000years. In our calendrical system it began in August 3114 B.C. and is due to end on December 21st 2012. One separate piece of Mayan text has been ambiguously interpreted by Maya scholars as possibly predicting an ominous event. Over time, this has become a specific prophesy identifying some kind of major cataclysm. At one extreme, some theories suggest Earth’s collision with a black hole or another planet, or a shift in the Earth’s magnetic poles. At the other is …