On Sun, 24 Nov 2002, asco-o wrote:

> If a country has both Coca Cola and the Internet, is it an American Territory?

  Alle ist American territory. Du shall die among Americans.

> It can be said that there is no greater symbol for American
> Globalization than the logo plastered onto Coca Cola cans.

  In America at the turn of the century and particularly blooming
  red flowers many secret societies developed.

  The apes pranced about in the newly discovered American
  territories, de-light-ing in meaningless lexical category shifting,
  as well as in tools they no longer remembered anything about,
  not in the least of who, when, how, or why gave it to them.

  The most delightful middle class apes are permitted to join dze circus,
  where they are publically executed to thee endless delight of the
  audience. It is a very literate + civilized kind of murder, also
  simply Superior.

  Recently there have been observed reports of a warring faction
  activities between the lowercase and THE ALLCAPS, complete with
  total whistle, click and cut vs. guitar noise soundtrack.

  It's still all foux.

> Coca Cola is so linked to America
> that its factories share a distinction with American embassies and
> battleships as terrorist targets: Coca Cola plants have been bombed in
> Nepal and New Delhi.

  Coca-Cola is not linked with America at all dearest.

> But the myths at the heart of Coca Cola's business strategies are
> similar to the myths that surround the internet.

  That would be because Eryk Salvaggio is privy to the Coca-Cola business

> Coca Cola claims to be a great equalizer;

  Does it? The 'great equalizer' is actually Eryk Salvaggio's obsession.

> the brotherhood of man united by the taste of a soft drink.

  Cheap slogan-propaganda attempted to be passed on as insight.

> The internet is said to be an equalizer, allowing common ground and
> communication between all the peoples of the world.

  Is it said so?

> Technology allows you

   Me who?

> to connect to the internet from virtually anywhere in the world,

   Especialy China.

> and it
> is quite possible that as your modem connects, you will be able to find
> a
> Coca Cola through some local vendor, regardless of whether you are in
> Israel, Japan, England, Macau, China, or Columbia.

  That would be because Eryk has been to all of the above.

> While the Coca Cola logo is recognized as the symbol of American
> Commerce across the world; with only minor changes by region, there is
> another equivalent on the internet: ASCII;

  Note the conflation of world and internet. Also note that Eryk
  Salvaggio has been 'around the world'.

> the universal standard

  Yes, last time I was on Mars they used ASCII too.

> for transmitting data via email and web sites. But while it is a
> universal standard, it is named after its country of origin- The
> American Standard Code for Information Interchange.

  De-lightfuy 'educational'.

> While there are variants of ASCII in Cyrillic and in other scripts; it
> has only been recently that you can access a web site in, say, Japan, by
> actually typing with Japanese characters. While it has been expanded, it
> is still unpopular,

  Unpopular. Another favorite word operating the salvaggio unit.

> and hasn't caught on with most international web surfers.

  "International web surfers".

> Much like globalism at its worst,

  Something that doesn't exist at its worst?

> ASCII says to other systems, "You can have your own culture, see?" but
> threatens the existence of that culture through the pressure of
> economics.

  Yes that's EXACTLY what ASCII does.

> When in Korea, do what the Koreans do- search for a flower shop with English letters.

> My proposed piece, "American Internet",

  Like all of ERyk's 'internet pieces' which are cheap exploitations
  of 'hot topics' and read like the headlines of a pychotic third rate
  trash newspaper..

> would compare the ubiquity of ASCII and Coca Cola;

  That ist the way we can relate to reaity, ne?

> using one as metaphor for the other at any given point.

  Totally exchangable.

> I would like to create "portraits" of Coca Cola cans from different
> countries.

  Which consist of photos of scanned coke cans run through an

> One would access them through a central index made up of
> domain extensions from foreign countries- ".fr" for France, for example.

  What a pity that a series of ASCII-fied photo of coke cans does NOT do
  what you're claiming to be doing at all?

> The work is network based because it relies solely on html to generate
> the images- there would actually be no images involved, merely the
> evocation of images, via ASCII text. The images rely on the language of
> the browser in order to be seen.

  And that is network related.

> The cans themselves would be rendered to ASCII with attention towards aesthetics, but will be regimented to red on a black background. The font size for the ASCII would be set to small, allowing for the logo to be readily identifiable but abstracted at the same time. The use of the logo fits comfortably within fair use practices as a clearly satirical artistic reinterpretation.

  Clearly satirical?

> While I intend to create this piece so that a viewer can simply enjoy
> it's aesthetic value,

  WHAT aesthetic value?

> I hope the similarities evident in this piece will
>  evoke questions concerning Globalism. Is internet access and Coca Cola
> enough to "Americanize" a country? Can you tell the strength of a
> culture by looking at how much it changes the face of its Coca Cola
> cans?

  Standard meaninbgless highschool drivel.
  Though shalt play along with ERyk's particular fucking-with-my-own brain
  myopic delusions. This way you will be an intelligent being.

  I propose we examine ERyk's piece from the point of view of a standard
  American kid's brain attemting to impose its cultural conditioning
  by creating 'meaningful artworks' which are disposable empty packages
  with no essential value whatsoever, and which are designed to use
  cheaply abusable knee-jerks such 'as 'globalisation' 'americanisation'
  'coca-cola' etc, in order to propagate a certain delusional chimera
  dream's existence.

  Also we announce $500 award for anyone who presents us with an ACCURATE
  and total picture of what ERyk Salvaggio really IS and what he's doing.