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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Stan: Character? (help)

If you haven't seen this comments thread you're missing out on some bizarre stuff. Ok, so apparently Screaming Memes (who according to my reading of the Master Post is just an alter ego of Pastorius who runs CUANAS) got into it with someone named Stan. Who has his own weblog here. Notice in particular that he started blogging in August 2004... after TIWWWB got started. Hmmmmm.

There was a comments discussion over there and Pastorius (or Stan?) has re-posted much of it to the TIWWU comments thread linked above. Bottom line: Stan got irate that Screaming Memes is a parody, and makes vague threats about the authorities. Pastorius tried to explain everything (and seems on the level).

But now Screaming Memes has gotten into a big "argument" with Pastorius (himself?) about whether... CUANAS is fake. So we see right away there's something funny going on.

So here's my question for the TIWWU audience out there: Was Stan ever real in the first place? Should I add him to the TIWWU cast of characters or not? (I'd have to ask Dustin how to edit the Master Post... forgot LOL :-)

It's just, something about Stan just seems "off". How could someone not know that Screaming Memes was fake. Or take Memes's stuff seriously, or be so humorless as to threaten about the "authorities" and whatnot. Seems fishy to me.

So we agree, Stan's a character, right? Someone's alter ego? Could I really be so tone-deaf that I'm wrong about this? I realize that I don't pay as much attention to this stuff as Dustin but even I could always see that Screaming Memes was a parody site. So isn't it a little convenient that a foil comes along who "doesn't get it"? Sounds like the work of... IWW, right?

I think that according to TIWWU canon, Memes/Pastorius are supposed to be the same person, while IWW is someone else. That's what Dustin always says. Now, sometimes the conspiratorial mind in me thinks they're *all* just one guy: Pastorius, IWW, Memes, PWH, and (now) Stan. I'm still kinda tempted to lean in that direction. But I guess a simpler explanation is to go with common sense: there are two people behind this, Pastorius/Memes and IWW/Stan. These "arguments" they have with each other, are their idea of fun & games. So I'm going with this theory using Occam's Razor.

So if Dustin ever gets a free moment from his chickie baby maybe I'll ask him how to update the Master Post to add in Stan, as (yet another) alter ego of IWW.

Thoughts?

18 Comments:

Blogger notmemes said...

wowe, feel like in agatha christy movie (or book).

I didn't read that far & thought Jaco Pastorius was still living & well. (yes, feel dumb.) Turns out, he's not. So who is Screaming Memes? What relation to IWW? Daisy?

Curent theory is Memes is Cuanus is IWW is Julius Pastorius.

January 26, 2005 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger Screaming Memes said...

Not Memes,
That's prepostarious.

I thought you we're my freind.

Screaming Memes

January 27, 2005 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger Pastorius said...

No Not Memes, you've got it right. I am Pastorius (not the dead one) and I invented Memes.

The problem is, Memes has gotten increasingly out of control and has become, as one can expect with a person in the throes of an addiction, more and more egocentric. He no longer seems to be able to see outside the bounds of his own need. Nor, does he seem to be able to see anything with a vision remotely approaching clarity. Hence, he spews his pain at only the broadest of targets, without consideration for whether the targets are attatched to anything existing in the real world.

I would say that I am worried about him, but I fear I would be being less than honest. Truth is, it has occurred to me, on occasion, that the world might be better off without Memes, and conversely, Memes might be better off without the world.

I find this a decidedly unChristian notion, but I can't help returning to it over and over. There is a passage in the Bible, afterall, which speaks of "vessels created for destruction" and "who is the clay to say to the potter, "Why have you made me thus?"

What can one say about a human being so lacking in focus, or substance, as one Screaming Memes. What can one say indeed?

Sinsdearly,
Pastorius

January 27, 2005 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger X21 said...

If my head wasn't spinning so much I'd have something to say...

January 28, 2005 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Pastorius said...

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January 28, 2005 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Pastorius said...

By the way, the idea that IWW is Stan makes a lot of sense. I never thought of that before. But, the thing is, how could anyone really, you know, in real life, be as silly as Stan. Silly, but, at the same time, eloquent.

And, look at Stan's site. He has 25 readers a day, but 60 comments per post. Who's commenting, if not he himself?

So, yeah, it's clear that Stan's site is a satire site. And IWW would be the likely perpetrator of the satire. Why else would someone like Stan have ended up at the Screaming Memes site?

I mean that's like Pollyanna frequenting a punk rock dive, isn't it?

Pastorius

January 28, 2005 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger X21 said...

Laugh if you want, but I do think Stan is real, and he seems to be a nice old man. I think maybe American politics are foreign for him, so he has a tin ear for US satire? Ah, well, best to lay the whole thing to rest.

January 29, 2005 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Actually, that's a wise and intelligent comment.

Thanks,

Pastorius

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