Originally posted by PotatoLove:
UberDog - I'll have to think more about Virek and Harwood, but I like you're take on Bigend's villainy. Not that I really agree he's a villain. He's something else, though he is definitely monstrous. Bigend's curiosity is frightening, though it is sometimes his most redeeming quality.
I don't think Bigend would consider advertising bland. I think he sees the world in terms of desires, secrets, group behavior and powerful actors. He rightly sees shoe commercials as a big part of global reality.
I think Bigend has a lot in common with phone phreaks and hackers. He's delighted to find powerful tools, he figures out ways to use them, and he isn't that broken up about what he soils or inconveniences. Like a hacker he has great reverence for the terrain he works in, but he doesn't see that terrain in the same way others do. AT&T may not want kids playing with their switching stations, and you may not want your art co-opted to sell cars, but, you know, the street finds it's own uses for things.
I guess antogonist is really a better term for him.
I think Bigend is really close to being a revolutionary, and I think he is full-on Ceh Guevera in advertising, which can revolutionize, to a degree.
But he brushes up against things that could be much bigger and then co-opts them.
But, in another way, there isn't anything but
marketing. Not simply in terms of commerce but in the dissemination of all ideology, all ideals, all thoughts of self and other.
One could argue that he's attempting to get a handle on the evolution of "reality."